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

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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.


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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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  1. Whahah says:

    Such idiots to cancel imaginary Mary, the oneals,and dr ken so stupid all really great shows

  2. Joy says:

    I don’t think y’all have Imaginary Mary a real chance! Not many people hang around the tv during summer months!

  3. Sophia says:

    I’m so sad they cancelled this show it’s so funny. Why didn’t they cancel downward dog that show is dumb

  4. GOOD! Jenna Elfman belongs to a cult, and believes AIDS is a “state of mind”, not a disease. She doesn’t deserve any kind of success what-so-ever. BYE!

  5. Kevin says:

    Please forward my comment to whomever made the decision to cancel Imaginary Mary. I am so tired of fun, light, nonCSI-like or hospital shows being cancelled after just enough to get to know and really appreciate the characters. My husband and I really liked this light-hearted, charming, imaginary sitcom! Especially, we were looking forward to a summer show that wasn’t just reruns!

  6. Cyd Miller says:

    Last Man Standing and Imaginary Mary were the only two real family comedies on network TV in our family’s opinion. One wasn’t given a chance and the other one was relegated to a dreaded Friday night slot. This erases any reason for my family to watch any current comedy show. What is left are full of foul language and sexual content but still call themselves “family” shows. It just goes to show you how out of touch Hollywood is with mainstream America. Small wonder people are turning to streaming boxes where there are a great many classic shows to be had. Good going ABC, not much left on your network that my family watches. It’s often hard for us to believe that the parent company is Disney.

  7. t bettencourt says:

    i am sorry that imaginary mary was cancelled. i enjoyed the show!

  8. Ella says:

    Imaginary Mary can’t go!!!! This is one show that my son would actually watch with us. Please please please keep it!!!! This show is hilarious!!!!

  9. James says:

    Well, the producers showed their true colors, cancelling pro normal family shows, and kept the morally unrealistic Modern family. I wonder if your spin monkeys are afraid that shows with moral family orientations might do better than Modern Family. Since when has any new show not have a less than stellar start? Happy Days had bad rating in its first season, but Mature producer before you chose to have faith and see it through, so now Happy Days is a house hold word and Fonz’s leather jacket is in the Smithsonian. I guess you folks who have the decisions on what goes on TV feel safer appeasing the low mentality than take the moral high road to quality viewing. It probably not your fault your chicken.

  10. Howard says:

    I could have done with keeping the Real O’Neals and cancelling American Housewife but my comment pertains to Imaginary Mary. Dear Imaginary Mary producer people, When casting a series it’s best to NOT cast an actor with a horrible and obvious comb over and a 5 o’clock shadow more pronounced than the unshaven dad to play a 16 year old kid. Just sayin’. Was a distraction to the point the episodes were near unwatchable, no matter how much one kept giving them another chance strictly because Jenna Elfman is such a comedic gem.

  11. Valerie Mastello says:

    I enjoyed Imaginary Mary, as time went on the family was so sweet and endearing, just don’t know why they don’t give the new shows a chance!

  12. Romell says:

    What!!! Imaginary Mary is hilarious and the family loves it 2 broke girls is fantastic as well last man stand isn’t half bad. Why networks are you cancelling the only shows that are redeeming televison as most shows that are on are crap

  13. Christopher says:

    I wonder how long it will be before Jenna Elfman gets another series to fail in. All the talented, attractive actresses in town, and they keep trying in vain with her.

  14. Fernando says:

    What a shocker, Imaginary Mary is cancelled. No, the real shocker is: why was it greenlighted in the first place? Or why didn’t anyone sound the alarm after seeing the first visual effects? Good riddance!

  15. Lorianna says:

    Yes! SO GLAD that filthy Real O’Neals is gone for good. Pure trash.

  16. brady1987 says:

    Good riddance to ‘The Real O’Neals’! It was offensive and disrespectful on so many levels to have a scene where a statue of the Virgin Mary was over a toilet bowl and two “Catholic” boys who found enjoyment in watching pornographic films on a laptop.

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