ABC has made the first major scheduling move of the fall by pulling low-rated kidnapping mystery Ten Days in the Valley after four low-rated episodes. The series will resurface on Saturdays beginning December 16th, where episodes five and six will be burned off starting at 9:00. The next two Saturdays (December 23rd and December 30th) will feature one episode at 9:00, while the last two episodes will air Saturday, January 6th at 9:00.
Though not an official cancellation, Ten Days in the Valley won’t be coming back for ABC, not when the show premiered to DOA ratings and became one of the lowest promotional priorities for the network despite being new and airing in a tough slot. It was puzzling putting a new scripted show Sundays at 10:00, but ABC seemed to want to use the limited nature of Ten Days along with Kyra Sedgwick’s star power to get them to the new year and that much closer to American Idol. However, the show failed to generate buzz and with a mismatched lead-in, couldn’t serve as the scheduling bridge that ABC needed.
From Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue), Ten Days in the Valley told the story of television producer Jane Sadler (Sedgwick), whose world is rocked when her daughter Lake is abducted in the middle of the night. The series chronicles Jane’s investigation into Lake’s disappearance and the ramifications of the kidnapping on Jane’s personal and professional lives, as well as her mental state.
In addition to Sedgwick, Ten Days in the Valley starred Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost), Kick Gurry (Speed Racer), Erika Christensen (Parenthood), and Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce).
In place of Ten Days in the Valley, ABC will begin airing new episodes of Shark Tank at 9:00 and 10:00 every Sunday starting October 29th and lasting through November 12th.