August 26, 2011 6:02pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Men of a Certain Age' Showrunner Mike Royce Ends Revival Efforts
A month after TNT lowered the ax on Men of a Certain Age, co-creator/showrunner Mike Royce has surrendered in his efforts to revive the series elsewhere.
With a Facebook campaign to save the show from cancellation that has garnered support from more than 10,000 fans, Royce took to his blog with an update his efforts to revive the series, which starred Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula.
“At this point, since we want to be straight with you guys, I have to tell you that we've kind of reached the end of the road,” he and co-creator Romano wrote. “We've exhausted every possibility and then some … and at a certain point, you gotta move on.”
“We tried online, satellite, alternate content providers, corporate sponsorship, Taxi TV, filmstrips … everything. We’ve exhausted every possibility and then some,” the duo wrote.
TNT canceled the Peabody-winning series after the drama about three best friends grappling with the realities of middle age failed to lure the type of viewership that other series, such as Falling Skies and Rizzoli and Isles, regularly attract.
The series wrapped its split second season in July with the later half registering only a 0.4 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.
Braugher, meanwhile, has booked a recurring role on role on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU.
Read the full heartfelt letter from Royce and Romano here.