ABC cancels James Caan’s ‘Back in the Game’


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ABC’s Back in the Game has become the fifth casualty of the 2013 fall season, following Lucky 7, CBS’s We Are Men, and NBC’s Ironside and Welcome to the Family. The comedy featured Maggie Lawson (Psych), a 30-something divorcee who moves back in with her curmudgeony ex-minor league baseball player father played by James Caan (The Godfather, Thief).

The semi-autobiographical comedy was written by brothers Mark and Robb Cullen (Cop Out). Ratings weren’t that bad, as it averaged 7.2 million viewers with a 2.1 demographic rating in adults 18-49. (Usually 2.0 is the cutoff for renewal). Unfortunately, ABC felt it was losing too many viewers from its lead-in, The Middle, and was more expensive to produce than lower rated fare such as The Trophy Wife. Back in the Game will air out the rest of its original 13 episode order (six have aired so far).

Source: THR: ABC Orders Full Seasons of ‘The Goldbergs,’ ‘Trophy Wife'; ‘Super Fun Night’ Gets 4 More Episodes

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