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Hank: Kelsey Grammer Sitcom Cancelled; No Season Two

Hank cancelledTo no surprise, ABC has cancelled freshman sitcom Hank. The Kelsey Grammer show failed to catch on with critics or many viewers.

Hank revolves around a Wall Street CEO who’s kicked out of his own company and must relocate with his family to his small hometown in Virginia. Aside for Grammer, the series stars Melinda McGraw, David Koechner, Jordan Hinson, and Nathan Gamble.

The sitcom got off to a slow start on September 30th with a 2.1 rating in the demo and 8.34 million total viewers. The numbers got worse from there and last week Hank hit a series low of a 1.3 rating and 5.09 million viewers.

It’s been assumed that the show would be cancelled for awhile now, especially since ABC handed out full season orders to all of its other freshman sitcoms; The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougartown.

ABC confirmed the cancellation of Hank today and said that production is being halted after 10 episodes. The sitcom’s end comes on the heels of the cancellation of another struggling Wednesday night show, Eastwick.

Five episodes of Hank have been aired so far and it’s unclear whether or not the network will get around to showing the remaining five at some point in the future.

For now, Hank’s timeslot will be filled with repeats and specials.

What do you think? Was this show as bad as so many people think? Was there anything that could’ve been done to fix it?

 

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Sandy Belcher December 9, 2009 at 7:13 pm

My husband and I were wondering what happened to ‘Hank’. We just found out it was canceled. We loved Kelsey’s new show.
We can’t understand why they are leaving Modern Family on when they could have Kelsey Grammer’s show. He is a great actor and a joy to watch.
We turn Modern Family off as not worth seeing.

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Jim December 9, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Thank goodness we still have ‘The Middle” left on Wednesday night! That show is so funny it does not have or need a laugh track! We miss Hank – we need comedy so much in our troubled times to help us relax.

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Jim December 9, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Dump the laugh tracks and bring back the show. Let people chose what is funny and the show will do well.

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euromashawn December 9, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I am so sorry to see this go!! My family and I would sit and watch Hank and The Middle. Then, my husband and I would watch Modern Family and Cougar Town. We looked forward to Wednesday nights now, like we used to look forward to Thursday nights. Taking Hank off was a big mistake. I hope they do not put in another boring reality show to replace it.

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wilbanks December 5, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Bring Hank back it was a clean family sitcoms. There are people in this world that still like clean shows. I am tried of reality shows. We need more funny sitcome so the whole family can watch. The only one on Wednesday night now I like is the Middle if you take that off I am not watching ABC on Wednesday night.

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leslie December 4, 2009 at 1:37 pm

So disappointing to learn Hank was canceled. it was a clean enjoyable family show. To replace it with repeats of Modern Family was a poor decision. Modern Family is horrible, as is Cougar Town. The few episodes of Modern family that have aired are hardly worth repeating. Bet it’s financial…it’s probably cheaper to air episodes of modern family rather than have to pay to air the remaining 5 episodes of Hank. We don’t even bother tuning in anymore. The only show we try to catch now is The Middle.
I agree with others who have posted and hope to see a revival of clean family sitcoms. Lifetime is working on this with Rita and Sherri. Both are great shows – lol funny. Maybe Kelsey Grammer needs to break from network and switch to lifetime, who appears has decided to fill the sitcom hole left by network with all the cheaper-to-produce reality tv and dancing/singing wanna-be’s – or CSI shows.
Hope he’s listening. He’s just too good not to be on TV.

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Will December 4, 2009 at 11:25 am

Susanne, I LOATHE reality TV. I had only the best wishes and highest hopes for Hank but the writing deteriorated from episode to episode. Writing is what usually kills these shows and Hank was falling into one tired sitcom cliche after another. Everybody in the cast was capable of much better, but if the material isn’t there for them to work with, then there’s not much they can do. There are just so many good writers out there and many more shows that have to be written with the explosion of cable in the last decade or so.

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Susanne December 4, 2009 at 8:22 am

I liked the show. I think shows need a little more time to catch on when premiered in the fall. Many families are just getting back into the swing of school and activities and tv isn’t a priority. By late fall and winter, we have a routine and are seeking out some tv shows. I know many people, like myself, were hoping for a revival of sitcom (thank goodness for The Middle…it’s fantastic). There’s nothing like sitting down for 1/2 hour, laughing, and not being lost if you missed the last episode. Believe it or not, some of us just don’t like reality tv or don’t want to solve a murder mystery. We can all use a good laugh each week!

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millie December 3, 2009 at 8:44 am

Sad to see it go . Bring it back!

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Jeff December 3, 2009 at 12:43 am

I was enjoying this show, I admit the family, especially the Husband/Wife relationship didn’t seem natural together and Kelsey is getting a bit old for this part and it shows. I really enjoy his acting but this was far from a perfect fit for him.

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Bonnie P December 2, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Having been in Upper Management and being laid off, I LOVED THE SHOW. Thought it was a great beginning to the Wednesday night line up. Sorry to see it go.

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Gordon December 2, 2009 at 6:27 pm

It was getting funnier every week. This is a shame. My wife is extremely upset about it as well. It’s good that sitcoms are making a comeback, and cancelling this show hurts that movement as it was one of the funnier shows. Let’s make room for more crappy reality shows.

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L Johnson December 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I thought Hank was a good show, And Im disappointed to see it go!!! Same with Eastwick.

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Brendan December 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm

I too am a big fan of Grammer, but this show was awful. Not Grammer’s fault, of course. The writers killed this one.

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Rick December 2, 2009 at 8:44 am

I am big fan of Kelsey Grammer. I think Frasier was one of the best shows ever on TV. I still watch the reruns. But Hank was terrible. I could tell 5 minutes into the first show that it wouldn’t last. I think it was worse than “Back to You” and that was hard to do. I hope he gets another, better designed show. He needs a cast around him like there was on Frasier.

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