Sad news from the tv department. One of the best summer dramedies got it's pink slip after only two years on the job.
According to THR, a Turner network statement noted, "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."
Interestingly, there was nothing on the TNT website today about the Peabody-award winning and critically praised show's demise. Instead, the following was among the materials in their "press room, "Men of a Certain Age, one of the most acclaimed shows on television, returned for the second half of its second season with 2,508,000 viewers in Live + 3 delivery (+36% over 1,846,000 in Live + Same Day). The series, starring Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher, has averaged 834,000 adults 18-49 in Live + 3 delivery (+41% over 591,000 in Live + SD) and 1,168,000 adults 25-54 (+42%, over 825,000 in Live + SD)."
It should come as no surprise to them that the viewership should increase at the higher end of the scale.
So, Turner execs, just because there aren't any alien invaders, or police shootouts, why can't you market this program and build the audience?
There are probably a lot of 55 - 70 year olds watching. They go to movies, they buy pharmaceuticals ( a lot probably,) they buy cars, and take cruises, perhaps even more than the 18-34 demo you so highly covet.
Here's to hoping another network (are you listening USA Network?) can find the wherewithal to pick up this gem. TNT may know drama, but apparently they don't know quality drama.