ABC pulls 'Knights' from schedule
They failed in robbing Mick Jagger, and now ABC has cut their mission short: “Knights of Prosperity,” starring Donal Logue as the leader of a ragtag gang of wannabe criminals, has been pulled off the sked, effective immediately.
A repeat of “According to Jim” will fill the “Knight” slot this Wednesday; repeats of “George Lopez” will also take over the spot in future weeks.
Four segs of the quirky comedy — in which the team aims to rob Ray Romano — remain unaired. It’s unclear whether the Alphabet will give the show another spot elsewhere; a network spokeswoman noted the show is being pulled in a “natural spot,” as the new Romano story arc was slated to begin with this week’s episode.
Network toppers, including ABC Entertainment chief Steve McPherson, are said to be high on the show, which could help its chances at finding renewed life elsewhere on the schedule.
Originally titled “Let’s Rob Mick Jagger” (and later shortened to “Let’s Rob … “), the single-camera laffer was originally scheduled to launch this fall. But the Alphabet web changed course and held the show for January to give it proper promotion.
Despite strong reviews, “Knights” failed to deliver much of an audience — due in part to competish from the “American Idol” steamroller. After nine episodes, “Knights” averaged 4.8 million viewers and a 1.9 rating/7 share among adults 18-49.
Logue stars as Eugene Gurkin, a janitor who decides to make his dreams happen by robbing Mick Jagger after watching one of his co-workers die on the job. He recruits a bunch of misfits to round out his unlikely team: Sofia Vergara, Lenny Venito, Maz Jobrani, Kevin Michael Richardson and Josh Grisetti.
Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman (“Ed”) co-created and exec produce “Knights of Prosperity.” David Letterman, Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman also serve as exec producers. ABC TV Studio produces.