TV: Fall TV season axes its first shows

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl

Less than two weeks into the fall broadcast season, ABC cut one of its new series. Lucky 7 was the first show of the Fall 2013 season to be canceled. Five days after the first victim was declared, CBS followed with its first cut: We Are Men.

Lucky 7 followed seven out-of-luck Queens, NY residents who decide to split a $45 million lottery win. The show premiered Sept. 24 to 4.4 million viewers and a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49, making it ABC’s lowest-rated drama premiere in years even with much-anticipated Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiering the same night.

The show was canceled after only two episodes. Conversely, S.H.I.E.L.D. was just extended for a full season, making it ABC’s first extension. NBC has also bestowed its first full-season extension upon The Blacklist.

We Are Men follows a “band of brothers,” all of whom are survivors of failed marriages. The show premiered Sept. 30 with a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers, before falling to a 1.8 demo rating and 5.4 million viewers in its second week.

What’s interesting about We Are Men‘s cut is how much it has shaken up the CBS Monday night broadcast. 2 Broke Girls will be moved to its 8:30 p.m. half-hour slot starting Monday, Oct. 14. This move may very well just be an attempt to save Girls‘ ratings with the hope of a strong retention rate after How I Met Your Mother.

According to The Hollywood ReporterMom has proven a stable freshman for CBS Monday nights while Hostages has struggled in its time slot, losing to both NBC’s The Blacklist and ABC mainstay Castle. Looks like they’ll have even more to worry about next year once HIMYM is gone.

For three weeks, repeats of The Big Bang Thepry will take over 2 Broke Girls’ 9 p.m. slot until Mike & Molly returns on Nov. 4. Mike & Molly had been left off the schedule until now, a similar occurrence to its last season when it was held until last year’s new comedy Partners was also canceled.

I did not watch the pilot of Lucky 7 because it looked that unappealing to me and am not surprised whatsoever that it is gone, especially because I had failed to see any marketing for it to begin with. As I predicted, We Are Men‘s “band of brothers” plot is not relatable and, frankly, not entertaining. I’m sorry, but no show focused on guys being guys is ever going to do well. Good riddance.

However, I am disappointed to know that CBS is continually holding Mike & Molly in its back pocket for emergencies. That is a quality comedy. If you give it the go for another full season, air it! Don’t wait for a newbie to fail and then release it to the world. Give Melissa McCarthy the respect she deserves as a funny leading lady!


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