ABC has pulled the plug on a troubled show that started out with a strong pedigree but never got past the pilot stage. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network scrapped the high-profile project “Members Only.”
The straight-to-series midseason drama was to have starred John Stamos, with with Betsy Brandt of “Breaking Bad” in its ensemble cast, and would have been David O. Russell’s TV debut, THR reports. But the “American Hustle” director, who was to co-write and co-executive produce with Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”), dropped out a month after the January pickup.
R.J. Cutler ended up directing the pilot for the planned series, which had an “Upstairs/Downstairs”-like plot but was set in a private country club. ABC reportedly delivered the bad news to the staff over the weekend.