I'm curious to see how Man Up! will do in the Tuesday at 8:30 PM on ABC time slot. The premiere of Last Man Standing got great numbers, but for how many minutes can people stand to watch male-centric, gender identity-obsessed characters? Will viewers who hated Home Improvement: Daughter Edition even give this show a chance? Will audiences who saw how badly How to Be a Gentleman did avoid all shows with "man" in the title? Could people deem it to too much of a fool's Modern Family? Time will tell -- but if the ratings ultimately nosedive, I don't think it will be because the pilot was truly terrible on its own.
Instead of leading off with Jimmy Kimmel to get us warmed up and excited about these new shows, ABC's upfront presentation jumped right in, so Jimmy didn't come out to make the obligatory gay/British jokes about his new boss Paul Lee until halfway through the event. Actually, thirty minutes in was perfect timing for him because that was about when I become fairly horrified with the new crop of shows. But even Kimmel seemed off his game, making easy jokes about CBS ("More people die watching CBS than any other network") and NBC ("they'll be selling their ads on Groupon this year") and Fox's X-Factor ("It's like American Idol meets a mirror"). He did get in some decent cracks about the upfronts in general: "Remember those shows that we were so excited about last fall? We cancelled all of them... and yet here you are again. We think you might have a gambling problem." Not unfunny, but he was better in previous years. As for the network's gobs and gobs of new shows? They've been better in years past, too. There wasn't a single one that blew me away or cracked me up the way that Lost or Modern Family had done at first glance.
We're still shocked that Whitney got renewed, but most of the cancellations this season made sense. While we would have gladly watched another season of A Gifted Man and our moms would have loved more of The Finder, we're having a hard time getting really upset about any of the axings this year (except for maybe Best Friends Forever, which had more potential than Whitney). In fact, there are certain shows we're downright excited to see disappear from the TV schedule. Here's the ones we'll miss the least:
Man Up! just wasn't tough enough for ABC.
Release the direwolves.
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