ABC already released its upcoming fall schedule and unfortunately, The Knights of Prosperity
was not included in the lineup. After announcing some changes in the airing schedule and consequently pulling out the comedy series from its primetime niche, the network decided to cancel the show officially on May 15, 2007.
Despite the distinct comedic plot and the marketing efforts generated by the network and its fans, which included an online petition from a group called “Save The Knights,” and promotional merchandise distributed by ABC in a number of markets, attempts to keep Knights of Prosperity
alive generally failed.
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"It was a show that we all really loved, and [there were] a lot of factors [that led to the decision to cancel it]," said Stephen McPherson, president of ABC, in a conference call with the press. "In the end, [it was] performance that we were baffled by. We thought they did a great show."
The Knights of Prosperity
, a series that premiered on January 3, 2007, featured a group of misfits and their attempt to rob various celebrities starting with Mick Jagger. The cast included Donal Logue
as Eugene Gurkin, Sofia Vergara
as Esperanza Villalobos, Lenny Venito
as Francis “Squatch” Squacieri, Maz Jobrani
as Gourishankar “Gary” Subramaniam, Kevin Michael Richardson
as Rockefeller Butts and Josh Grisetti
as Louis Plunk.
Meanwhile, ABC added 12 new shows, comprising of seven dramas, four comedies and one reality series. The new breed consisted of Big Shots
, Cashmere Mafia
, Eli Stone
, Dirty Sexy Money
, Private Practice
, Pushing Daisies
, Women's Murder Club
, Miss Guided
, Sam I Am
, and Oprah's Big Give
Of course, ABC also revealed its returning shows, which included Grey's Anatomy
, Ugly Betty
, Boston Legal
, Brothers & Sisters
, Men in Trees
, Dancing with the Stars
, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
, The Bachelor
, America's Funniest Home Videos
, Wife Swap
, Jimmy Kimmel Live
, October Road
, Notes from the Underbelly
, and Saturday Night College Football.
-Kris, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Photo Courtesy of ABC)