ABC Cancels John Stamos-Led Members Only Drama Before Premiere

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ABC has decided to deny admission to Members Only.

The drama, which was to star John Stamos, will not join the Alphabet Net’s midseason line-up as originally planned, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Created by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich), the series — conceived as an “upstairs/downstairs” look at the goings-on in a tony Connecticut country club — got a straight-to-series order in January.

Stamos was to play the billionaire husband of a character played by Natalie Zea (The Following). The cast also included Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Boris Kodjoe (Undercovers), Luke Mitchell (The Tomorrow People) and Michael Landes (Save Me).

Oscar-nominated film director David O. Russell (American Hustle) originally was attached to write and executive-produce with Grant, but he exited the project in February.

With the pre-debut cancellation, Members Only joins a club that includes Fox’s Hieroglpyh and NBC’s miniseries Emerald City and comedies Mission Control and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (the latter of which recently found new life on Netflix).

 

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24 Comments
  1. Becky says:

    It didn’t seem like such a great concept, but I was looking forward to seeing Luke Mitchell on my screen again.

  2. Ray says:

    I was looking forward to this one due to the interesting premise, but the execution must have been awful for ABC to jump on the pre-debut cancelation bandwagon.

  3. Tran says:

    How long will it take for a “Full House reunion”?

  4. A. D. says:

    Good…now he can get on the new Full House show!

  5. Jenny says:

    Not surprising. ABC’s schedule was overcrowded and there wasn’t really any room for it.

  6. Viv says:

    I didn´t liked the concept very much, but I was really looking forward to Luke Mitchell. He was easy one of the best things about TTP.
    A general thing: I´m really courious what the networks are going to do. Example: CBS seems to have an awfully crowded schedule this year and going into the spring with many shows doing rather good ratings wise. Cancellations and renewals are going to be even more interessting this season. Well, comes May, comes answer…

  7. Colleen says:

    So does this leave Astronaut Wives Club as the last of the direct to series orders? Which I am less and less convinced will see the light of airwaves.

    • Jenny says:

      According to a few articles, Astronaut Wives Club has been filming since October 9th, so they’ve likely filmed 4 episodes already (compared to Members Only which only shot their pilot). With ABC’s crowded schedule, they may not have room for it until late spring or early summer.

  8. Yolanda says:

    Did they even produce any episodes?

  9. steven says:

    If you’re going to cancel shows before they even air, what’s the point of even making them?

  10. Dean says:

    Other than the following, Natalie Zea has the worst luck with TV shows.

  11. Ally says:

    Darnit anyways. Was looking forward to this one. IMO the new midseason shows on most of the nets are better-looking than their new fall shows were. The 10 new midseason shows I`m most looking forward to seeing (now that Members Only is gone) are Secrets & Lies, American Crime, Texas Rising, Fresh off the Boat, The Royals, Wayward Pines, Book of Negroes, Astronaut`s Wives Club, Killjoys and Agent Carter.

  12. Maryann says:

    I was really looking forward to both this and Emerald City. Wonder why they cancelled it? I would have watched for no other reason than Stamos and Zea.

    • Ray says:

      It must have been spectacularly bad. The network execs must have taken one look at the finished product and decided it would be better to never air the series than to have to cancel it only a few weeks into its debut. It saves face (somewhat) and money for ABC.

      • Joey says:

        How often is it that the network execs actually have opinions that fall in line with the general public, though? Seems like they frequently cancels shows that are still exceedingly good or keep bad shows on sometimes seasons longer than they should.

  13. Zorkel says:

    I was really looming forward to this one. So what is even the point in making direct-to-series orders if they don’t get made as a series?

  14. Josh says:

    With that cast, the writing must have been pretty bad.

  15. Joey Padron says:

    Sucks. I was looking forward to see Luke back on TV. He was great in The Tomorrow People. Hope he’ll be back on TV soon.