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Work It: New ABC Sitcom; Cancel or Keep It?

Work It cancel or keepLast week, ABC unveiled their first new sitcom of 2012, Work It. The TV series was pummeled by negative reviews from critics and viewers alike but were the ratings that bad? Will it be quickly cancelled or stick around long enough to be renewed for a second season?

Work It revolves around a pair of unemployed guys — Lee Standish (Ben Koldyke) and Angel Ortiz (Amaury Nolasco) — who believe that the economic downturn has affected men more than women. Lee gets a job at a pharmaceuticals company after applying dressed as a woman and Angel follows. The two must maintain their charade to keep their jobs and end up learning a little something about what it means to be female.

The cast also includes Beth Lacke, John Caparulo, Rebecca Mader, Rochelle Aytes, Kate Reinders, Kirstin Eggers, and Hannah Sullivan.

Should Work It be cancelled?

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The first episode, which aired on January 3rd, registered a 2.0 in the 18-49 demographic and 6.16 million total viewers. The premiere was in third place for its 8:30pm timeslot and lost 17% in the demo from its Last Man Standing lead-in.

When compared to the debut of already-canned Man Up! (which previously held the same timeslot), ABC was down by 17%.

After the weak premiere, Work It landed in 12th place on our season ratings list of ABC’s scripted shows. It presently has a “D+” grade. If word of mouth is any indication, the ratings for tonight’s episode will surely see that grade drop even further.

Even the network seems to know that Work It is not going to last. At today’s ABC session of the TCA Press Tour, network president Paul Lee said that he wasn’t ready to say when Cougar Town will be back but would announce a date in the next couple weeks. It seems almost certain that Cougar Town will be taking Work It’s place sooner than later.

But, what do you think? Is Work It actually worth watching? Do you believe it should be renewed for a second season or just cancelled quickly?

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D April 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Bring “Work It” back!
It was funny & my husband & i loved watching the show!!
If someone has a problem with the show then I’m sure they can figure out how to turn the channel or turn the tv off!
If your not going to bring the show back then would someone else pleaseeeeeeee pick up the show on another tv station or cable.


Brooke M. Henn March 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I love Nine Lives of Chloe King so bring it back.


Kim January 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm

The second episode was actually quite funny. I say give it a chance.


Elizabeth January 11, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Cancel it and bring back Cougar Town!!!!!


Why January 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

This is a horrendous remake of Bosom Buddies, though it’s hard to imagine Tom Hanks was in that.


sarah January 11, 2012 at 7:33 am

cant they put it on youtube or online if it gets cancelled, i would like to see the rest of the episodes. I really like this show, its a shame people get offended so easily, people neeed to have a open mind.


suxie January 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Throwing up in my mouth is a close tie. The girl that plays Vanessa is horrible and the rest of the cast does what it can. How did the girl from “Lost” get lost in this?


Colin January 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I still can’t believe it ever made it past the concept stage


Sonnet January 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

It was funny in the 80’s when it was called Bosom Buddies… :D


Tim January 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

After last week’s debut, the show has quickly turned into a train wreck – you want to look away but can’t.


Tha Critic January 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Going… going… gone. This looks terrible.


Anonymous January 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm

looks can be deceiving, have you even watched it, it’s actually quite funny.


Amber January 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm

i really like it, but i wish it was on cable then people would give it a chance.


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