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‘Imaginary Mary,’ ‘Real O’Neals’ Canceled at ABC

Variety logo Variety 5/11/2017 Joe Otterson
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Imaginary Mary” and “The Real O’Neals” have both been canceled at ABC after one and two seasons respecitvely, Variety has learned.

“Imaginary Mary” starred Jenna Elfman as a woman in her 30s whose childhood imaginary friend — voiced by Rachel Dratch — suddenly reenters her life when she finds herself getting into a serious relationship with a father of three. It also starred Stephen Schneider, Nicholas Coombe, Matreya Scarrwener, and Erica Tremblay.

The series’ prospects were dim from the start, with ABC trimming its episode order from 13 to 9 before it even premiered. Its ratings also failed to live up to other ABC comedies. Its debut on March 29 after a new episode of “The Goldbergs” drew a 1.4 rating and 5.4 million viewers, well below the 2.0 achieved by fellow freshman series “Speechless” during its fall premiere in the timeslot. The following week, “Imaginary Mary” dropped over 30 percent in both key measures to a 0.9 rating and 3.5 million viewers. None of its subsequent episodes fared any better.

The live action/CGI hybrid hailed from “The Goldbergs” team Adam F. Goldberg, David Guarascio and Doug Robinson. Mary’s CG animation was designed by Patrick Osborne, who was also an executive producer. The pilot was directed by Shawn Levy, who was also an executive producer. The series was a co-production with Sony Pictures Television, Happy Madison and ABC Studios.

“The Real O’Neals” followed the titular family as mom Eileen grapples with the realization that her perfect family is not as perfect as they seem. The series starred Martha Plimpton, Jay R. Ferguson, Noah Galvin, Matt Shively, Bebe Wood, and Mary Hollis Inboden. Casey Johnson, David Windsor, Stacy Traub, Dan Savage, Brian Pines, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Dan McDermott and Todd Holland executive produced. ABC Studios produced the series.

Thus far, ABC has renewed comedies “Modern Family” (for two seasons), “American Housewife,” “The Goldbergs” (for two seasons), and “The Middle,” along with dramas “Once Upon a Time,” “Designated Survivor,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” “Scandal” had previously been renewed for Season 7, which will reportedly be the show’s last. In addition to “The Real O’Neals” and “Imaginary Mary,” the network has canceled “The Catch” “Dr. Ken,” “Last Man Standing,” “American Crime,” and “Secrets and Lies.” ABC had previously canceled freshman dramas “Time After Time,” “Notorious,” and “Conviction.”

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