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TNT pulled the plug on its critically acclaimed but low-rated drama Men of a Certain Age Friday. The network applauded the program for “great storytelling and impeccable performances” but said it couldn’t continue the series because it didn’t have a large enough audience.
The move wasn’t entirely unexpected. The Hollywod Reporter‘s chief TV critic Tim Goodman wrote Monday that the cable channel was clearly “on the fence” about renewing it for a third season: “I know there is pressure to get ratings…Patience is the key here.”
As word of the cancellation spread Friday afternoon, Hollywood took to Twitter to express condolances for the show.
Treme and The Wire star Wendell Pierce chimed in with a series of tweets praising the show and its portrayal of African-Americans, “Men of a Certain Age is cancelled? After winning the Peabody Award/Emmy nominations (Andre Braugher) Great portrayals of African Americans,” “Ray Romano and Michael Royce are gifted writers in comedy and drama. Lisagay Hamilton was brilliant on the show, along with Richard Gant,” and “Unbelievable, MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE cancelled. A Peabody and Emmy nominations carry no weight?”
7th Heaven‘s Stephen Collins wrote, “AMC, F/X, somebody…pick up Men of a Certain Age…not simply good, the writing, acting & directing r as good as it gets. Just sayin’.”
Glee writer Michael Hitchcock said, “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.”
AOL TV critic Mo Ryan took a light-hearted approach to the subject, “In honor of #MenofaCertainAge, went to a diner with my 2 favorite guys (husband &son). No bran muffins! Were living on the edge!”
L.A. Times (and former Hollywood Reporter) 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.”
Variety’s Jeff Sneider lamented, “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.”
Men starred Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula as best friends grappling with the realities of middle age. Romano co-created the show and Braugher was just nominated for an Emmy for his performance.
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