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'Malibu Country' Canceled: ABC Will Not Order Season 2 Of Reba McEntire-Fronted Comedy

ABC has decided not to pick up the Reba McEntire-fronted comedy for Season 2. The series, which starred McEntire as a newly-divorced country music singer who moves to the West Coast for a fresh start, got off to a strong start with a 2.3 rating in the key demographic and 9.13 million viewers total. ABC's decision to cancel "Malibu Country", however, does not come as a surprise, considering numbers dwindled throughout its debut season until the finale, which boasted a slightly improved 1.4 rating and 7.04 million viewers total, up 25 percent.

Had "Malibu Country" not been canceled, Season 2 would have seen some changes from Season 1: Nastaran Dibai, who stepped in as the showrunner in November, following creator/executive producer Kevin Abbot’s stint in rehab, exited in April.

In addition to "Malibu," ABC canceled four more series from the 2012-2013 season: "Body Of Proof," "Happy Endings," "How To Live With Your Parents," and "Red Widow," which join the previously canceled "666 Park Avenue," "Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23," "Last Resort," "Private Practice" and "Zero Hour." On a more positive note, the network renewed "Castle," "Grey's Anatomy," "Last Man Standing," "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Nashville," "Once Upon A Time," "Revenge," "Scandal" and "Suburgatory." ABC has not confirmed the reported fates of "Family Tools" and "The Neighbors."

To replace the departing series, ABC picked up a number of comedies for the 2013-2014 season: "Super Fun Night" starring Rebel Wilson; ensemble "Mixology"; Malin Akerman's "Trophy Wife"; family comedy "The Goldbergs" and "Back in the Game" starring James Caan. On the drama side, in addition to "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," ABC picked up spinoff "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"; drama "The Returned"; David Zabel's "Lucky 7" and "Betrayal"; the Christian Slater/Steve Zahn vehicle "Mind Games" and Sofia Vergara-produced "Killer Women."

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