CBS Cancels 'We Are Men,' Shuffles Monday Night Line-Up


We Are Men


Call the TV mortuary, because we now have our second casualty of the 2013-2014 broadcast season. After only two airings, CBS has pulled the plug on new comedy 'We Are Men.' Starring the relatively unknown Chris Smith, 'We Are Men' concerns a a young man named Carter Thomas, who gets left at the altar by his bride-to-be. Jilted and emotionally crushed, Carter befriends a group of older divorced bachelors, played by Kal Penn ('House,' 'Harold and Kumar'), Jerry O'Connell ('Sliders,' 'Crossing Jordan'), and multi-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub ('Monk', 'Wings).

Despite the pedigree of its supporting cast, 'We Are Men' floundered right out of the gate, only managing a 2.0 and losing the majority of 'How I Met Your Mother's lead-in audience. This past Monday was even worse, with the comedy falling to a 1.8. Those numbers might get you a stay of execution over on NBC, but CBS generally has higher expectations for their programs.

With 'Men' gone, CBS' plan is to slide '2 Broke Girls' back up to its old post-'HIMYM' 8:30pm timeslot. The 9pm slot will be filled by the returning 'Mike & Molly,' which will now begin its fourth season on Monday, Nov. 4. 'Mom' will remain at 9:30pm, giving prolific series creator Chuck Lorre the distinction of having two sitcoms airing back to back on the same night. Three actually, if you count the fact that 'Big Bang Theory' re-runs will fill the 9pm slot until 'M&M' returns.

Did 'We Are Men' deserve a few more episodes to try and turn things around?

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Written by: msd85
Oct 11th, 2013, 10:16 am

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Message Posted On Oct 12th, 2013, 5:34 am

It needed a bit longer i feel,it was far from perfect but given the low quality of the new shows this fall it was no worse than say dads or Mom in fact i'd say both those shows were far worse in terms of quality.


As for 2 broke girls i wonder how much longer that has,its just not funny and the numbers are falling i wonder if they pull the plug and if they did have they anything to replace it wiht?


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Message Posted On Oct 11th, 2013, 5:21 pm

It's not the number 2 million, it's the big drop in numbers from HIMYM  and the number going BACK up ,but not enough, for 2BG, and mom drops just a little. I don't mind the new shows, I just hate the laugh tracks... how can you have a single camera show that is filmed in front of an audience. It's like they are telling me when I'm supose to laugh. I think it makes a show seem worse when they add laughs.



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Message Posted On Oct 11th, 2013, 4:03 pm

I imagine Kal Penn, Tony Shaloub and Jerry O'Connell didn't come cheap, so bad numbers means less $$ for CBS.

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Message Posted On Oct 11th, 2013, 1:21 pm
Too bad, the show is good, with great actors and situations that make you laugh. They shouldn't cancel shows like that just for not posting millions upon millions, specially after only two or three outings. Come on, 2 million is quite decent, and this is just considering the people they get their information from, what about everyone else? Factor that in and I'm sure the show has a lot more viewers. I hope the same doesn't happen to Welcome to the Family, I really love that show, very genuine comedy and extremely funny without recorded laughter. Love it. Sean Saves the World and Super Fun Night are the ones I wouldn't mind gone this year, the rest have potential.


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Message Posted On Oct 11th, 2013, 1:06 pm

@ the first anonymous: You're right, I goofed. I could have sworn 2 Broke Girls was a Chuck Lorre production. He actually does have four sitcoms on CBS, I just mixed up 2 Broke Girls with Two and a Half Men it seems. I'll edit the article, and thank you for the correction.



Message Posted On Oct 11th, 2013, 12:47 pm
yeah we are men should have been given more time if they are gonna remove shows remove "Mom" that is way worse but the worst show i have seen this season so far is "Dads" i am a big fan of Seth Macfarlane and Seth Green but this show is just bad Haven't even smirked once let alone laughed at that show it is just corny

Message Posted On Oct 11th, 2013, 12:34 pm
"giving prolific series creator Chuck Lorre the distinction of having three sitcoms airing back to back on the same night. Four actually, if you count the fact that 'Big Bang Theory' re-runs will fill the 9pm slot until 'M&M' returns." This is incorrect. HIMYM and now 2BG are not Chuck Lorre–produced sitcoms. So subtract one from the above quote. And, yes, We Are Men deserved a bit more of a chance. I actually enjoyed it, liking it to a milder male version of Sex and the City. Though I'm unsure if there's an audience for this type of show, as the ratings would seem to indicate.
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