‘Whiskey’ has had its last shot on ABC

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Q: Has “Whiskey Cav­a­lier” been re­newed for next year? – Richard Hoover, Way­nes­boro, Pa.

A: No. It was the last can­cel­la­tion ABC made be­fore an­nounc­ing its sched­ule for next sea­son, and re­cently in­stalled net­work pres­i­dent Karey Burke said it was one of the tough­est calls she had to make. The Scott Fo­ley-Lau­ren Co­han spy saga started out with prom­ise, even do­ing well with an Os­car-night “pre­view” that aired quite late on the East Coast, but its rat­ings then en­tered a con­tin­u­ing down­ward trend.

Filmed on lo­ca­tion in Europe, “Whiskey Cav­a­lier” was a costly se­ries to make – and with that rat­ings his­tory added in, the fi­nan­cials ul­ti­mately didn’t add up for ABC in terms of or­der­ing a Sea­son 2. Af­ter an out­cry from fans on so­cial me­dia, the net­work said it would take a sec­ond look at the de­ci­sion it made on the show, but it stuck with that in the end.

Q: Is it true that Adam Levine is leav­ing “The Voice”? – Lau­rie Wells, Columbiana, Ohio

A: That’s the an­nounce­ment the Ma­roon 5 frontman made, and NBC is tak­ing him at his word. The singing con­test’s up­com­ing sea­son will be the first he’s been ab­sent from since the show pre­miered, leav­ing Blake Shel­ton as the only con­tin­u­ing men­tor and team cap­tain who’s been there from the start. Levine ac­tu­ally was signed for next sea­son and the one beyond, and his exit from those means his for­sak­ing an es­ti­mated $30 mil­lion.

Levine still is in busi­ness with NBC as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of its cur­rent se­ries “Songland,” and those be­hind “The Voice” made a point of say­ing that he al­ways will be a part of that pro­gram’s “fam­ily.” In our habit of never say­ing “never,” we wouldn’t rule out that he might ap­pear on “The Voice” again, though when and in what ca­pac­ity would be mere spec­u­la­tion at this point.

Lau­ren Co­han Scott Fo­ley

Adam Levine

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