ABC Cancels Show

Jan 16, 2012  •  Post A Comment

ABC has canceled one of its newest series.

It’s a sitcom that only drew a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 when it debuted on Jan. 3, 2012, and then dropped to a 1.6 rating in that demo in its second airing.

The show is "Work It."

Noting that the show was a "critically panned cross-dressing comedy, The New York Times’ Brian Stelter wrote in his account of the cancellation that the show "was criticized ahead of its premiere by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation [GLAAD] and the Human Rights Campaign, which said in a joint statement that ‘by encouraging the audience to laugh at the characters’ attempts at womanhood, the show gives license to similar treatment of transgender women.’ "

GLAAD praised the cancellation of the series.

The Times story adds, "Days before the schedule change was made public, Paul Lee, the president of ABC Entertainment, defended the show to TV reporters by saying, ‘We thought there was room for a very, very, very silly show.’ ABC has not said what show will succeed ‘Work It’ in the time slot on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., but it may go to the returning sitcom ‘Cougar Town,’ which has yet to be assigned a spot this season."

To read a wonderfully fun and juicy article about what the heck’s going on with ABC’s treatment of "Cougar Town" this season, please click here to see a column by our good friend and TV observer extraordinaire Ed Martin.



  1. Thank God! As a gay male, I was even offended by this show! It also looked as if it were “Bosom Buddies” all over again, 30 yrs later. Plus the 2 guys were doing “scag drag,” which pretty much was “Uncle Milty” (Milton Berle) on TV in the early days.
    I wonder if ABC is even sorry about wasting their promotion dollars in almost every network break, to promote this turd.

  2. Wow, there goes the first one, who’s next. You can’t cut it, you can’t cut it!

  3. Does ABC do any research? This was a very bad idea and way past a time when the public woudl have even been interested in something like this. the audience is more mature.

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