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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.