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Low ratings sink ABC’s ‘Assets’ after two episodes

 
 
 <span class="cutline_leadin">Spy vs. Spy:</span> Darius Petkevicius as Leonid Poleshchuk in ‘The Assets.’
Spy vs. Spy: Darius Petkevicius as Leonid Poleshchuk in ‘The Assets.’
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Q: After all the hype and interviews for ABC’s The Assets, the series has gone missing. What happened?

A: The spy drama, a collaboration between ABC’s entertainment and news divisions, premiered to woeful ratings. And the numbers dropped in the second week. ABC dropped it in favor of Shark Tank reruns, which promptly drew more viewers.

ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee has said the remaining six episodes of The Assets will be shown at some point, either on the air or online. At this writing, ABC.go.com has the two that aired.

Q: I read in your column that The Glades hasn’t been renewed. How can they leave fans hanging like that? Will they have one more episode to show if Jim (Matt Passmore) lives and gets married and who shot him?

A: Sometimes series get enough warning of cancellation that they can come up with a finale. Last Resort was a relatively recent example. Other times producers sense that the end could be coming and craft episodes that can serve as an ending if they are done. Army Wives comes to mind.

But there are still other shows that have completed one set of episodes before learning there won’t be another. Deadwood mastermind David Milch, for example, explains what could have come next in an extra on the show’s DVD and Blu-ray collections.

As for The Glades, it is done, and I know of no plans to wrap up the stories. You should just imagine your own ending.

Q: I’ve been unable to find the David E. Kelley show Snoops that starred Gina Gershon and Paula Marshall. Is it available online or in DVD format?

A: For those of you tuning in late, Snoops was a private-eye show that aired in 1999 on Fox; besides Gershon and Marshall, it featured Paula Jai Parker. Ten episodes aired before the network pulled the plug, leaving three unshown. Although Gershon in particular has avid fans, I have not found an authorized packaging of the show, either digitally or on disc.

Send questions to TV Mailbag, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44309 or rheldenfels@thebeaconjournal.com. Replies cannot be guaranteed.

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