After weeks of rumors, ABC confirmed its newest comedy, “Man Up” is cancelled. The sitcom, written by and starring Christopher Moynihan, will no longer appear in its Tuesday 8:30 p.m. time slot.
The short lived comedy will be replaced with reruns, yes reruns already, of Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” until January. According to Nielson ratings, its premiere drew in 7.7 million viewers, but declined to just over 2 million every Tuesday after that. This week “Man Up” saw its lowest ratings with just 1.6 million viewers tuning in.
Starting Jan. 3 a less promising sitcom, “Work It” will take the Tuesday 8:30 p.m. slot. Though “Last Man Standing” provides wholesome entertainment for the whole family, and provides a few laughs throughout the 30 minutes, “Man Up” will be missed.
Unlike most of the new comedies this season, “Man Up” offered a different viewpoint on life. The biggest problem with “Man Up” is that its edgy, immature humor would be better on a network like NBC where people tune in to see offensive humor, or following Wednesday‘s “Modern Family.” The type of people who tune in for “Last Man Standing” or “Dancing With the Stars” expect a family comedy with a hug and make up ending. This is the last thing you will find on “Man Up.”
Not only will we miss family life from the true male perspective, but we will miss the three musketeers of ridiculousness- Will, Kenny and Craig. Each week it was entertaining to see what bright idea Kenny had to win over the respect of his ex-wife and family while comparing himself to “perfect” Grant. Craig tried to act like he had it together, but his life was as chaotic as his roomie, Kenny. Will had the most going for him, trying to be the mature one of the group, but deep down inside, he was a fun-loving mischief maker like his friends.
ABC could have had another great new comedy on its hands, but like most networks they gave up instead of trying to make it work.