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ABC Family cancels ‘Huge’

Show doesn't receive backend order despite promising start

After shedding viewers during the course of the season, “Huge” has been canceled.

Despite getting off a strong start June 28 with 2.5 million viewers, the ABC Family drama starring Nikki Blonsky will not receive a back-end order following an initial 10 episodes. Skein, about a group of summer campers bonded by their desire to lose weight, was based on a series of books by author Sasha Paley.

A few months ago, the move would’ve been surprising considering good early buzz, critical support and ratings strength. However, as the series unspooled over the season, it lost more and more audience and the Alphabet cabler decided the series from “My So-Called Life” creator Winnie Holzman and daughter Savannah Dooley didn’t have much of a future.

Net has already picked up more episodes of “Pretty Little Liars” and is expecting the same for “Melissa and Joey,” both of which launched this year. Last week, new ABC Family topper Michael Riley, who replaced PaulLee, gave a greenlight to hourlong scripted dramas “Nine Lives,” “Switched at Birth” and “Strut.”

Kim Rozenfeld, Leslie Morgenstein and Bob Levy exec produced “Huge” with Holzman.

News of the cancellation came as a surprise to Holzman, who said, “First and foremost, we want to thank everyone who embraced ‘Huge’ and supported it. While it’s disappointing not to be able to go forward with the characters we love so much and had so many plans for, we’re deeply grateful for this opportunity.

“Our goal was and is to create television of depth and complexity that inspires people to think and feel. We believe we accomplished that with ‘Huge’ and can’t wait to do it again.”

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