ABC Cancels 'Charlie's Angels'

Sorry, Minka Kelly! The reboot of the popular 1970s show is the fifth new series to get the ax this fall

ABC has clipped the wings of Charlie's Angels.

The network has canceled the reboot of the popular 1970s girl-power show after just four episodes. Production on the series -- which stars Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh, and Rachael Taylor as a trio of goddess-faced, butt-kicking ex-cons now fighting crime for the good guys -- has been shut down effective immediately.

But fans shouldn't consider this an abrupt breakup with the beautiful Angels: An ABC representative says the network will continue to air already-filmed installments -- there are four more in the can -- on Thursdays at 8 p.m.

Charlie's Angels is the fifth show to get the guillotine this fall, following in the footsteps of NBC's The Playboy Club and Free Agents, CBS' How to Be a Gentleman and The CW's H8R.

It is, however, probably the most surprsing casualty. Angels was easily one of the most eagerly anticipated new shows of the season. It had a hot young cast, the tried-and-true Smallville team of Al Gough and Miles Millar as its creative driving force and -- of course -- an all-important built-in fan base. Unfortunately, critics panned the series for its gratuitous action sequences, muddled plots and general lack of cohesiveness. And the unspectacular ratings -- it debuted to 8.7 million viewers and proceeded to plummet to 5.9 million -- sealed its fate.

See you in heaven, Angels.

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