“The Catch” is no longer on the ABC schedule, after this week’s announcement that it was among the shows that got canceled by ABC. Unlike “Last Man Standing”, there was no outcry or accusations of political intrigue.
The final scene of last week’s season 2 finale of “The Catch” saw lovers Alice Vaughn and Benjamin Jones wave goodbye for an undetermined period of time. Ben fled the country with his former lover, her brother and daughter, with the intention of figuring out a way to return without landing in federal custody.
We now know that they’ll be waiting forever and a day, because the show got axed. In answer to questions about how to make difficult decisions about what shows stay and go, an ABC exec said that the show’s time slot as well as viewership have a place in business decisions. Unlike Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing”, which had enough tune-ins, “The Catch” didn’t make it a difficult choice.
We covered the season two premiere of “The Catch” and noted it didn’t have that same zing as its inaugural go-round. The premise of the show at the beginning was that a smart, successful business woman, who investigates for a living, was taken by a con man. He didn’t just bed her, he cleaned out her bank account and dumped her after more than a year.
Alice Vaughn, the woman conned spent her time finding him, and pondering how she couldn’t have seen it coming. Meanwhile, there were plenty of flashback, hot scenes of their steamy relationship. The way the show was shot and the set design made it look luxurious, while Alice and Ben’s romance was believable. Season two saw them restart the relationship after he came clean and she forgave. It didn’t have the same sizzle.
Here’s how we put it after the season 2 premiere:
Watching the season premiere, you might have been better served by just going with the fun of it all, not trying to follow the plot. It worked on that level if you love to watch Alice and Ben figure out how to be together. It’s not the same as when we learned that Ben was a con man and took Alice for everything she had, plus tore her heart into pieces, but there’s hope.
We’re sorry to see it go, but it’s not surprising. Were you a fan and how do you feel about the cancellation?
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