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ABC Cancels ‘Revenge’ After Four Seasons

After four seasons, ABC has canceled “Revenge,” Variety has confirmed.

The drama, which stars Emily VanCamp and Madeleine Stowe, will not be returning for a fifth season, with May 10’s fourth-season finale serving as the series’ final episode.

The news comes just weeks after Stowe’s character Victoria Grayson was killed off the series, and the actress confirmed she would not be back for another round, if “Revenge” were to be renewed.

Earlier this season, Josh Bowman, another series regular from the show’s start in 2011, was also killed off, leaving only VanCamp, Gabriel Mann and Nick Wechsler as the original cast members left. Over the course of the series, regulars Henry Czerny, Connor Paolo and Barry Sloane were also axed, while actress Christa B. Allen has been void for the latter half of this season — though she will return for the final two episodes of the series.

Showrunner and exec producer Sunil Nayar confirmed the cancellation to Entertainment Weekly. “We can officially tell our fans that this will be the end of the story,” he said. “We’ve been talking to the network, and we all just wanted to make sure that we felt very confident. Now that everybody has seen the finale — which is fabulous — everybody understands that as much as we all adore the show, it has hit exactly the mark it needed to to end.”

Nayar also teased a cliffhanger in the series finale, which may serve as a link to “Kingmakers,” a pilot from “Revenge” producer Sallie Patrick, which has been rumored to be a spinoff, if the project is ordered to series, though ABC says it is not a direct follow-up. However, “Kingmakers” would certainly strike similarities to the former show, given Patrick’s association as writer and exec producer on the series, which takes place at an Ivy League university that is rocked by a student’s sudden death, prompting her brother to take on a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society in order to investigate the death.

This season, original episodes of “Revenge” are averaging a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.13 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen Live+7 estimates — down a little over 1 million viewers from last year. The show peaked in its first season on Wednesdays at 10 p.m., falling off when it moved to Sundays at 9 p.m. in the fall of 2012 and then dipping further when it moved to Sunday’s 10 o’clock hour in 2014.

Update May 4: Stowe’s character Victoria Grayson was revealed to be alive on the May 3 episode, after faking her own death by setting fire to Grayson Manor, while she was believed to be inside, on the April 19 episode, titled “Burn.”

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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