ABC's heavy midseason schedule has gotten a little lighter. The network is not going forward with the comedy "Single with Parents."
The decision comes after the network and the show's producers couldn't agree on a creative direction for the show, which starred Alyssa Milano as a woman trying to balance the demands of her job, her personal life and her divorced parents ( Beau Bridges and Annie Potts).
Meanwhile, the showbiz trade papers report that ABC is also cutting the order for its midseason drama "Castle" from 13 episodes to 10 and wants to do the same for cop show "The Unusuals." Those cuts, though, have more to do with space on the schedule than anything else.
"Single with Parents" was one of five new shows ABC ordered for midseason. After the show was greenlit, though, ABC and the show's producers (it was created by "That '70s Show" and "How I Met Your Mother" veteran Kristin Newman) disagreed on where it should go. After failing to reach a consensus, the network decided to let the show go.
Even with the decision to drop "Single with Parents," ABC's midseason cupboard will hardly be bare -- which is why the network is trimming the "Castle" and "Unusuals" orders a bit. The network also has two more new comedies, " The Goode Family" and "In the Motherhood," as well as the returning " According to Jim," NBC refugee "Scrubs" and "Lost" on tap for the winter and spring. The Bill Lawrence- Courteney Cox pilot "Cougar Town" is also on a fast track and could be ready to go by spring.
On the unscripted side, ABC has the latest "Bachelor" and new show "True Beauty" set to hold down Mondays before the spring edition of "Dancing with the Stars."