“Alias” is slipping into the shadows permanently. The CIA drama starring Jennifer Garner will end its five-season run in May, ABC said Wednesday.
“‘Alias’ is not going to wind down as it comes to an end, it’s going to rev up, and we’re going to make it the event it deserves to be,” ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson said in a prepared statement.
The series co-stars Victor Garber, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly and Kevin Weisman. It was created by executive producer J.J. Abrams, who is also part of the team behind ABC’s smash hit “Lost.”
Due to the stiff competition during its current time (Thursday’s at 8 PM), “Alias” struggled against higher-rated shows such as CBS’ “Survivor: Guatemala.” Last week, the ABC show drew about 7 million viewers compared to around 19 million for “Survivor.”
Garner and her husband, actor Ben Affleck, are expecting their first child next month. Her pregnancy was written into “Alias” for her character.
In other cancellation news, CBC pulled the plug on its big-budget drama “Threshold.” Despite CBS’ best attempt at hyping the show, the disappointing ratings proved too much for the eye network and the show will not finish its first season.