'Assets' on ABC is no more


Q: After all the hype and interviews for ABC’s "The Assets," the series has gone missing. What happened?

A: The spy drama, a collaboration between ABC’s entertainment and news divisions, premiered to woeful ratings. And the numbers dropped in the second week. ABC then dropped the series in favor of "Shark Tank" reruns, which promptly drew more viewers. ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee has said the remaining six episodes of "The Assets" will be shown at some point, either on the air or online. At this writing, ABC. go.com has episodes online, but only the two that aired.

Q:I read in your column that "The Glades"
hasn’t been renewed. How can they leave fans of the show hanging like that? Will they have one more episode to show if Jim lives and gets married, and who shot him? That’s a terrible way to end a series.

A:My mail over the years often includes notes from readers left hanging by abruptly canceled shows. Whether they get an appropriate ending depends on how much notice they get, and whether their network or studio is willing to invest in a wrap-up.

Sometimes series get enough warning that they can come up with a finale; "Last Resort" was a relatively recent example of that. Other times shows sense that the end could be coming, and can craft episodes that will serve as an ending if they are done.

But there are still shows that have completed one set of episodes before learning there won’t be another.

As for "The Glades," it is done, and I know of no plans to wrap up the stories.

Q:I have a question about the David E. Kelley TV show "Snoops" that starred Gina Gershon and Paula Marshall. Is it available anywhere to watch online or in DVD format? I can’t find it anywhere.

A: For those of you tuning in late, "Snoops" was a private-eye show that aired in 1999 on Fox; besides Gershon and Marshall, it featured Paula Jai Parker. Audiences were not drawn to it. (Neither was I.) Ten episodes were aired before the network pulled the plug, leaving three unshown. Although Gershon in particular has avid fans, I have not found an authorized packaging of the show, either digitally or on disc.

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