Wednesday, October 9, 2013

CBS Cancels 'We Are Men'; Sets 'Mike & Molly' for November Debut & Moves '2 Broke Girls' to 8:30PM

The 2013-2014 broadcast season has claimed its second casualty - after just two airings, CBS has pulled We Are Men from its schedule. The network is also doing some shuffling to its Monday night schedule in attempt to better stabilize the flailing night.

We Are Men was created by Rob Greenberg and starred Chris Smith, Tony Shalhoub, Kal Penn and Jerry O'Connell as four guys living in a short-term apartment complex. The single camera entry was a break from the network's typical multi-camera sitcom brand. The network slotted it in the Monday 8:30PM slot hoping the younger-skewing final season of How I Met Your Mother would be a sufficient lead-in. Its premiere episode on September 30 only drew a 2.0 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic. In its second airing, the series fell to a 1.8 rating.

The network is pulling the comedy effectively immediately. There are currently no plans for the network to air any of the already produced episodes of the series original 13 episode order.

To fill the void on the Monday night lineup, CBS is moving current 9PM anchor 2 Broke Girls to the 8:30PM slot - starting next Monday, October 14. Replacing 2 Broke Girls at the top of the hour will be repeats of comedy ratings juggernaut The Big Bang Theory. Veteran comedy Mike & Molly - which had been given a 22-episode fourth season order but was held from the initial lineup - will debut in the 9PM slot leading into fellow Chuck Lorre-created sitcom Mom starting Monday, November 4.