Though ABC has overall had good luck with its new comedies, it hasn’t all been a bed of roses. The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town were just renewed for a second season but Hank was cancelled before its first season was even finished. What happened?
Hank follows Hank Pryor (Kelsey Grammer), a Wall Street CEO who’s kicked out of his own company and must relocate with his family to his small hometown in Virginia. The sitcom also stars Melinda McGraw, David Koechner, Jordan Hinson, and Nathan Gamble.
The ABC series was plagued by low ratings and poor reviews almost from the start and neither got better as the weeks wore on. Production was shut down and the series was pulled from the airwaves in November.
At the Television Critics Association press tour, ABC Entertainment President Stephen MacPherson weighed in on why he felt the show didn’t work.
He said, “Shows are alchemy to some extent. Modern Family as a pitch, is ‘here’s this big family.’ But you have the writing, and that incredible cast and it’s so wonderfully portrayed. I love Kelsey. I think he’s fantastic. I think he would agree, we never got the writing to where it needed to be. There is something to be said there with economy and what a guy would face. And viewers are smart — they’re not going to be sold something that just based on star value. They want a great show.”
What do you think? Was it the writing that didn’t work or was there more to it? Should the network have tried harder to save it?
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