ABC Cancels ‘Members Only’ Drama Series Before Airing

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
ABC Cancels ‘Members Only’ Drama Series Before Airing
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The drama series “Members Only” that was set to premiere on ABC this midseason is no longer pushing forward. The network has announced that the show will be scrapped from its line-up and canceled from the schedule before it was even set. Read on to find out what happened in the news story below. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, cast members of “Members Only” were apparently told over the weekend that the show will no longer be moving ahead on the Disney-owned broadcast network. The series was supposed to headline John Stamos (“Necessary Roughness”) and Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad”), as well as Natalie Zea (“The Following”), Boris Kodjoe (“Unforgettable”) and Luke Mitchell (“The Tomorrow People”).

Back in January, ABC commissioned “Members Only” for a straight to series order, and Oscar winner David O. Russell was originally attached to the show with the task of co-writing the pilot along with Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”). The network made its 13-episode order, with the show first entitled as “The Club.” The concept behind the story followed the on-goings in a private country club, amongst its members and the staff. It was described as an upstairs/downstairs drama in the vein of “Downton Abbey.” However, a few weeks following the announcement, Russell dropped out of the project, leaving Grant to the writing task all by herself.

Pulling an upcoming show from the line-up is no longer unusual in this season’s slate, as other networks have also done it. “Members Only” is the latest show to receive a series pickup, only to be scrapped afterwards. It follows other drama productions like “Emerald City” from NBC and “Heiroglyph” from FOX.

The Hollywood Reporter also said that the network’s decision to remove “Members Only” from its roster may be due to the fact that its other freshmen dramas like “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Forever” are doing fine. Both shows already earned a full season pickup, thus crowding the program schedule of ABC’s 2014-2015 slate.

And that’s the news on “Members Only.” The freshmen drama series, which was originally set to premiere on ABC, will no longer be on the network's time schedule this midseason. The show has been scrapped. Were you looking forward to the show?

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