TV Workers React to 'Men of a Certain Age' Cancellation

July 16, 2011 03:51:42 GMT

TNT has decided not to pick up the Ray Romano-starring drama comedy for a third season since it fails to gain audience.

TV Workers React to 'Men of a Certain Age' Cancellation
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Appearing among 2011 Emmy nominees cannot help "Men of a Certain Age" survive a cancellation. Just a day after it was announced that Andre Braugher gets a supporting drama actor nod at the upcoming prize-giving event, TNT has made "an extremely difficult decision" to axe the slow-paced male dramedy as it kept struggling in ratings.

"While the show has featured great storytelling and impeccable performances, the audience simply hasn't built to the point where we can continue the series," a spokesperson for TNT stated on Friday, July 15. The show only averaged a 0.4 rating in 18-49 demographic for its latter half of second season.

Soon after the network announced the move, Hollywood took to Twitter to express disappointment. "Treme" and "The Wire" star Wendell Pierce wrote a series of tweets, one of which read, "Unbelievable, MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE cancelled. A Peabody and Emmy nominations carry no weight?"

"Glee" writer Michael Hitchcock also lamented the cancellation, writing "Men of a Certain Age is not being renewed by TNT. It's truly one of the best written and produced shows on television. What a shame." Meanwhile, "Community" actor Joel McHale said, "This sucks. Scott Bakula (co-creator and star) is 1 of the best in the biz."

Additionally, several TV critics have also expressed their condolences. Los Angeles Times writer Steven Zeitchik wrote, "RIP, Men of a Certain Age. Another cult dramedy that couldn't find a broad audience, like Freaks & Geeks for the Viagra set," while Variety's Jeff Sneider said, "MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE was EASILY one of the best shows on TV. This is a dark day for original cable programming. I'm beyond bummed."


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posted by rcullen604 on May 16, 2012
Best show on TNT They should have had better promotions and advertising..Use to have to search for the night they were on..Excellent show but more for my age 50-65..Poor poor managment by TNT: Hope they get picked up by another station hopefully a cable station such as HBO...Would do it justice.
posted by AS on Aug 01, 2011
This is an amazing show. My husband and I are in our early 30's and we love this show. The entire cast is brilliant, the writing is wonderful and the show feels real. More real than most of the BS reality shows. I wish TNT would reconsider or another, better network would pick it up. It is shame to lose another great show to poor schedule and mismanagement.
posted by Dave on Jul 24, 2011
Such a great show. TNT mismanaged its scheduling and failed to properly & adequately promote it. Now it's gone no doubt to free up budget headroom for their Dallas rehash. Southland is the only other good show they have. Otherwise I'd never watch TNT.
posted by UGH on Jul 19, 2011
Typical, cancel this one and keep "The Jersey Shore", someone call the mothership. I need a liftoff from this planet.
posted by moeklpn on Jul 17, 2011
too bad. I love this show and has only gotten better
posted by JGP on Jul 17, 2011
Wow can't believe another "major" network wouldn't pick this up. There are just as many "49-65" TV watchers as "18-49". There is probably enough room for both on a network. Just putting the show on a network people know about would help....Not many think of going to TNT to browse for a new favorite show. Somebody out there in TVland.....keep this show going. It keeps getting better. It hasn't even begun to "jump the shark".
posted by Jamn on Jul 17, 2011
You have got to be kidding. What's going to replace it a reality show.
posted by anon on Jul 17, 2011
Great show; superb acting and stories. I hope it gets picked up by another network or that TNT reconsiders. And make the season a little longer!
posted by Fan1 on Jul 17, 2011
I and quite a few friends are all in the 18-49 age group and we LOVE this show! Everyone is SO disappointed that it will be cancelled. I think it's better than the other TNT programs, nearly all of which I've watched and did NOT get hooked on. TNT, this is a GOOD show in your line-up. It gets me to your channel. Reconsider this cancellation!
posted by kate on Jul 17, 2011
Does TNT realise the size of following this show has via TIVO and the internet????
posted by Jeff on Jul 17, 2011
TNT should be ashamed for allowing a creative, well writtenl, acted and directed show to be cancelled. TNT should've gotten behind this show and supported it.
posted by bringitback on Jul 17, 2011
Very disappointing news. Time to voice disgust over the cancelation of this breakout show. Incredible writing, great acting, well produced. Adult TV for thinking people who buy a lot of high end products and are surely a demo worth captivating.
posted by age 47 female Iowan on Jul 17, 2011
This show is the only reason I watch TNT. It's a quality show w/life lessons from a male perspective, which is refreshing! Wrong move TNT!
posted by notagain on Jul 17, 2011
I'm a 50 something woman and I loved this show. Quality writing and acting and extremely authentic. What's it being replaced by - a remake of Charlie's Angels or Dallas or yet another mind numbing reality show? TV is getting dumber all the time.
posted by jok on Jul 16, 2011
How could TNT cancel one of the best writen, directed and acted shows! A smarter network should pick this up!
posted by moi on Jul 16, 2011
No room on TNT for a masterpiece? Because a series about baby boomers (kind of a big population) isn't performing with 18-49? TNT should've been proudly getting behind it and promoting the hell out of it, instead of breaking it up into 6 episode runs.
posted by Whipsnaid on Jul 16, 2011
Really bad decision to cancel one of the best shows on TV. Whoever made the decision is an idiot and should be fired for being a dumbass.
posted by Dan&aHalf on Jul 16, 2011
I'm 46, and this was and still is a very good down to earth tv serie. Problem is that everyone's a reality show now'a days, but when you show people "real life" situation, e.g. Men of a certain age, it's not as entertaining....Go Snooki!!
posted by Laura on Jul 16, 2011
Crazy - I love this show and even wrote on my calendar the date the series started. I really hope it finds a home somewhere - I have really gotten to love the characters!
posted by JJ on Jul 16, 2011
I'm also SO disappointed in the cancellation of this show. I'm a 49 year old woman and this is my favorite show. It is TOP NOTCH in every way. So sorry for Ray Romano and all the others who brought this excellent show to life. I HOPE another network picks it up.
posted by jjoh57 on Jul 16, 2011
What a disappointment....such a well-written engaging show. I looked forward to it every week. The cast of characters and their story lines were ones that people could connect with. Maybe someone else will decide to pick this show up. I certainly hope so! How disappointing!!!
posted by Fan on Jul 16, 2011
Shame on TNT! This is a thoughtful, intelligent program with terrific characters and actors. What a shame that quality can't survive in a world of cheap immediate gratification. I dread seeing what will replace this program. Re-think this bad decision, TNT!
posted by TVWatcher on Jul 16, 2011
These shows have too short a season. You're barely getting into the story when the season has ended. Besides trying to remember what happened the previous short season, you have to remember to watch for its return. You can't build a fan base when half the season is gone and people tune in.
posted by PEABODY_AWARD on Jul 16, 2011
Please put the show on HBO or SHOWTIME where it belongs. Best written SHOW IN HISTORY. All the MEN ARE HOT.
posted by sallan on Jul 16, 2011
My husband, my parents, myself - we all watched this show every week and love it. Any chance that another network will pick it up?? What a sad piece of news...
posted by kmvtmaid on Jul 16, 2011
Absolutely unbelievable! One of the best new shows in decades and now it's GONE?? Who decides???Certainly not viewers who appreciate quality television! Someone else, PLEASE pick up this fantastic show!
posted by Pophistory on Jul 16, 2011
I understand TV is a business, but it is sad to see TNT dump one of the best shows on television. I agree with others who note the problem created by breaking the season into 6-episode runs. It would be great if another network picked up the show and treated it better.
posted by Rita Shaw on Jul 16, 2011
Absolute assine! Finally a show with great writers, wonderful actors, and a fantastic premise. They get an Emmy! So what does TNT do? It cancels the series! How many synonyms are there for stupid? Unintelligent, ignorant, dense, foolish, dull-witted, slow, simpleminded, vacuous, vapid, idiotic, imbecilic, imbecile, obtuse, doltish; thick, dim, dimwitted, dumb, dopey, dozy, moronic, cretinous, pea-brained, halfwitted, soft in the head, brain-dead, boneheaded, thickheaded, wooden-headed, muttonheaded, daft, foolish, silly, unintelligent, idiotic, scatterbrained, nonsensical, senseless, unthinking, ill-advised, ill-considered, unwise, injudicious; inane, absurd, ludicrous, ridiculous, laughable, risible, fatuous, asinine, mad, insane, lunatic; crazy, dopey, cracked, half-baked, dimwitted, cockeyed, harebrained, lamebrained, nutty, batty, cuckoo, loony, loopy. I am certain there are more, but none will do justice to TNT's action of canceling this show!
posted by CEM on Jul 16, 2011
They didn't even try to promote it! I think I told more people. What a shame... Let me guess, replace it with another reality show?
posted by disappointed on Jul 16, 2011
A dark day for TV land. I hope another network picks up this winner. I'm not in the 18-49 group, but I do spend money. This show has an excellent cast, excellent story lines. Please find a home for it.
posted by cilsley010 on Jul 16, 2011
Well, duh the ratings weren't good in the 18-49 demographic. For crying out loud this show is for the 49-65 demographic. Did we check the numbers on that?? Do a bunch of men run that network???? Idiots, all of them

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