Charlie's Angels axed by ABC

ABCCharlie’s Angels has officially been axed by ABC following its disappointing ratings for the revived detective drama.

Charlie’s Angels has become the latest victim of the new season – which only began a matter of weeks ago – and follows the Playboy Club and Free Agents in being dispatched to the scrap-heap. It won’t come as a surprise that ABC has decided to ditch Charlie’s Angels given its ratings performance. Starring Annie IIonzeh, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor as the three new ‘angels’ the series launched with 8.7 million viewers in September but since then ratings have fallen to below 6 million viewers – though they did rise ever so slightly for last night’s episode.

It’s a far cry from the original series which ran for five seasons and was a huge hit with audiences. Produced by the legendary Aaron Spelling the series starred – over its five year run – Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, Cheryl Ladd, Farrah Fawcett, David Doyle and John Forsythe who went on to star in Spelling’s 1980s super-soap Dynasty as Oil Tycoon Blake Carrington.

A revival of the detective drama, for television, had been floating around for several years before ABC picked it up. The franchise had previously been given a Hollywood makeover in the early 2000s with two feature length films starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu with Forsythe once again voicing the reclusive millionaire Charlie Townsend.