Fall 2011 is proving to be a trying time to be a television show.
Earlier this week, CBS ordered a full season pick-up of the Kat Dennings/Beth Behrs sitcom 2 Broke Girls– a show that features horse crap jokes and has single-handedly made “vagina” the buzz word for this television season. Is that really the direction in which we want to see television headed? Regardless, while one celebrated, another was surely biting its nails.
How To Be A Gentleman had only aired one episode– that of its pilot– and already people (this critic included) were saying no one wanted to see anymore, let alone learn anything, from Kevin Dillon or David Hornsby. In an attempt to save it, or perhaps save face when one publication prematurely ran cancellation news, CBS announced on Friday that they were moving the still wet-behind-the-ears sitcom to the previously known “death slot” on Saturday nights (Rules of Engagement, which was set to premiere in that time slot this week, was being given the prime post-The Big Bang Theory half-hour instead). But then just about twenty hours later, Entertainment Weekly received the call that CBS was, in fact, canceling How To Be A Gentleman after all*. Dillon went from having two shows this summer to none, and Hornsby went from seeing his creative baby born to, well, seeing his real baby born. So at least he has that.
You can read our full reviews of 2 Broke Girls and How To Be A Gentleman here.
* CBS could not be reached for comment, and as of press time, their press website still said How To Be A Gentleman would move to Saturdays, effective October 15th.
Meanwhile, the executives over at NBC were even busier this week, giving the first official axe of the season to the under-performing The Playboy Club (full disclosure: we guessed that would be the first to go) while giving their full season order to Whitney. In fact, they are more determined than ever to keep pushing Cummings’ vehicle as far as it can that they announced putting it on twice a week: Thursday nights at 9:30pm, its original prime time slot, for new episodes, and Wednesday nights at 8:30pm for reruns so those who tried to ignore it the first time will have less of a chance at doing so. And yes, that means they also canceled Free Agents, a show that was slow to warm up but certainly felt like it could have been the mature Friends with Benefits we had been waiting for since NBC picked up that comedy in 2010.
You can read our full reviews of The Playboy Club, Whitney and Free Agents here.
The Playboy Club was still shooting its sixth, and now final, episode as of Thursday, October 6th 2011. The Voice winner Javier Colon Tweeted all day from the set, probably the only one not in a terrible mood to still be working on a show that was, at this point, just planning to be burned off– and perhaps only online. There is no word yet on what will replace this drama more permanently on NBC’s line-up, nor word on what else may fall.
We have quite a few thoughts on what we’d personally like to see gone next, paving the way instead for some of the spectacular mid-season shows to just be pushed up (hey, we may be cynical critics, but we can still dream!). But with a few series still yet to even debut, buckle up; these next few weeks are going to be bumpy rides!
Which do you think is the next show to go and which do you hope gets a full season order? Sound off in the comments below!
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