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TNT Cancels 'Men of a Certain Age' (UPDATE: 'Men' Producer Speaks)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 15th 2011 5:05PM
Update: At the end of this post, there are comments about the cancellation from 'Men of a Certain Age' co-creator and executive producer Mike Royce.

In terrible yet not completely unexpected news, TNT has canceled 'Men of a Certain Age.'

In a statement, the network said: "TNT has been proud to be a part of 'Men of a Certain Age' for two seasons. While the show has featured great storytelling and impeccable performances, the audience simply hasn't built to the point where we can continue the series. This was an extremely difficult decision for us. We wish Ray Romano, Mike Royce and the terrific cast and crew of 'Men of a Certain Age' the very best and look forward to exploring new programming possibilities in the future."

Truth be told, this one really hurts. A lot.

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Save This Show: Why 'Men of a Certain Age' Must Get Another Season

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 11th 2011 10:00AM
I posted my Emmy prediction story Friday, and you may have been surprised by the amount of attention I gave to 'Men of a Certain Age' in that piece.

The real surprise is this: The TNT show, which concluded its terrific second season last week, is in danger of cancellation. And I'm terrified it could die before it gets a realistic shot making an impression on TV viewers.

Despite recently winning a Peabody Award, 'MOACA' may not return next year, which is why I'm hoping that if the show gets some Emmy nods on Thursday, TNT executives will have one more reason to give the drama a third season.

To say it deserves to stick around is the understatement of the year. 'MOACA' is without question one of the best shows on television, and this lovely, bittersweet drama dying now would be like 'Friday Night Lights' going away after its first season. It's simply unthinkable.

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'Men of a Certain Age' - 'Back in the S#!t' Recap (Season Finale)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 23rd 2010 2:25AM
Andre Braugher, Ray Romano & Scott Bakula, 'Men of a Certain Age'
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A lot of things have changed for our favorite trio of men over the past nine episodes, and yet this tenth and final episode of the season managed to push each of them boldly into even bigger moments in their lives. For one, the change is definitely good. For another, it certainly has the potential for greatness. The third is completely up in the air.

Everything that's great about this show was on display in this installment. There is not a member of this cast who isn't knocking their performances out of the park on this show. Just as I was about to write that Scott Bakula was particularly impressive this week, I remembered a couple of scenes between Andre Braugher and Richard Gant (as his father) that were simply awe-inspiring. And then there's Ray Romano in the car with his son Albert, played by Braeden Lemasters. With very little dialogue, that moment was just oozing with emotion.

In a word (and I'll use it to sum up this entire season): amazing!

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What to Watch: February 22

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 22nd 2010 6:00AM
'Men of a Certain Age' (10PM, TNT) season 1 finale
The show's already gotten a thumbs up on season 2, which should be a clue that we shouldn't expect any tidy little wrap-ups for tonight's season finale of our favorite dude version of a chick flick-y series. Joe, Terry and Owen are facing major life changes, which, for Joe, means that his son's anxiety and his guilt about having to cut back on staffing at his store leads him to vow to finally do something about his out-of-control gambling habit. Meanwhile, Terry, who's already feeling less than inspired by the acting jobs he's getting, faces a crucial decision about his future moonlighting when his latest job leads to major drama at the apartment building, and Owen's career future may be looking up when he accepts a new job, with a rival car dealership.

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'Men of a Certain Age' - 'How To Be An All-Star' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 16th 2010 12:25AM
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There's nothing particularly unique or extraordinary about the lives of Joe and Terry and Owen, the guys of 'Men of a Certain Age.' But the very fact that the situations and circumstances are normal makes how their characters react all the more interesting.

A lot happened in this episode, even though it wasn't big, dramatic stuff like you might expect. No, it was small moments, little things that didn't seem like much, but oh, what a blast in the storytelling. With the last episode of the season airing next week, this was one hell of a lead up to the big finish.

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Review: 'Men of a Certain Age' - 'You Gonna Do That the Rest of Your Life'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 2nd 2010 3:02AM
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Things are rarely as we think they are in life and on this show. Each guy has an idea about the other, but it's never as simple as they think it is. So this week we learned that Joe's bookie is a sore loser and perhaps a catalyst. We also learned that everything doesn't always go Terry's way, no matter how often he seems to luck into things. And Owen's diabetes is conflicting with his appetite.

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Review: Men of a Certain Age - Father's Fraternity

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 26th 2010 4:00AM
Men of a Certain Age(S01E07) One of the many things I love about Men of a Certain Age is the wonderful marriage shown between Owen and Melissa. She is such a wonderful counterpart to all of his insecurities and frustrations, and yet knows when to stand up and let her own voice be heard. I thought the relationship was on wonderful display when Owen came home complaining about being forced to do the commercial, and she was able to quickly get to the root of the matter: his stagefright.

The series continues to add layers to the characters, even giving Owen's father a hint of sympathy this week. Don't get me wrong, the guy's still a complete and total hardass, but he was willing to do the right thing, and seemed genuinely confused by the misunderstandings people were having about the intention of his commercial.

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'NCIS: L.A.,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Men of a Certain Age' Renewed

by Daniel Frankel, posted Jan 14th 2010 4:00PM
It was graduation day for a number of hourlong dramas.

TNT announced Thursday that it has renewed the Ray Romano drama 'Men of a Certain Age' for a second season. Meanwhile, CBS made a slightly more obvious decision, picking up the strongly rated 'NCIS: Los Angeles' and 'The Good Wife' for second campaigns, according to the Ausiello Files.

'NCIS: Los Angeles' and 'The Good Wife' rank at the top two new shows on television in terms of total viewers, averaging 16.8 million and 13.7 million sets of eyeballs, respectively.

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Review: Men of a Certain Age - Go With the Flow

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 12th 2010 4:15AM
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Who knew Men of a Certain Age had a lighter side? In a rather dramatic -- or actually not so dramatic -- departure from the previous five episodes, "Go With the Flow" showcased a lighter side, and it was much appreciated. As much as I love the series, it's nice to know that these guys aren't just suffering constantly with their various issues and phobias.

Actually, Joe's issues were front and center in this story of his blind date with Sarah Clarke (Nina from 24), but that's a lot of what made it so fun. Actually, the fallout from Joe's issues impacted not only that first date, but also a span of days at work, when an online chat with Dory (Clarke) prior to the date went somehow very wrong for Joe.

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'Glee' Renewed for Second Season; Here's a Wish List for 5 More

by Adam Keleman, posted Jan 11th 2010 6:11PM
'Glee' is on a roll, and we're not just talking about the wheelchair-bound, soul-singing character Artie.

Monday morning Fox announced at the Television Critics Association confab that the sweetly buoyant TV phenomenon 'Glee' will return to Fox's 2010 fall line-up for an encore season. The adequately rated program about high school misfits who sing and dance their hearts out has struck a chord with the American public looking for something truly original in a TV landscape mostly filled with run-of-the-mill procedural and medical shows.

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Review: Men of a Certain Age - Powerless

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 5th 2010 9:27AM
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As the title of this episode suggests, the guys were all feeling a big powerless and it looked for a time that it was a position overwhelming to each of them. What was reassuring, then, was to realize that with age comes experience and wisdom and a way to figure out how to deal with just these kinds of issues. Each of our men of a certain age were powerless in some way for a time, but not by the end of the hour. That's one for the old guys, if you're keeping score.

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What Are Jay Leno's Former Viewers Watching Instead of Leno?

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 29th 2009 2:30PM
When NBC announced its risky plan to replace the entire 10PM slate with nightly episodes of 'The Jay Leno Show,' rival executives at the other major networks sensed an opportunity. If NBC's gambit backfired, they reasoned, shows on CBS and ABC would likely be the beneficiary, as viewers unhappy with the peacock would turn to other venues for their television entertainment.

Well, they were half right.

As some media watchers predicted, 'The Jay Leno Show' has, in fact, turned out to be one of the biggest mistakes in television programming history. Fans of Leno at the 11:30 hour have failed to migrate along with the former 'Tonight Show' host, leading to a shocking 45 percent drop in ratings for NBC at the 10PM time slot over last year in the key 18-49 demographic, according to Media Life Magazine.

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Terry Meets Old Flame at School Fundraiser on 'Men of a Certain Age' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 29th 2009 10:45AM
While at a fundraiser for a local school, ladies man Terry meets a woman he had a fling with in the past on 'Men of a Certain Age.'

Terry approaches the woman and discovers that, although she's now engaged, she's receptive to the idea of a romp with the confirmed bachelor for old times' sake. Terry suffers an uncharacteristic pang of conscience, though, and decides against acting as a potential homewrecker.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: Men of a Certain Age - The New Guy

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 28th 2009 11:40PM
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(S01E04) As Men of a Certain Age progresses, it's becoming clear that things aren't as black and white as we might have thought they were. There are many more shades of gray among these three men, and I don't mean in the salt and pepper in their hair. For a while in this episode, it looked like nothing much was happening. There wasn't a lot of action. But like that whiskey sour that Owen probably shouldn't have drank, the impact hit later on. For more on that and which direction Terry took after the party, follow me after the jump.

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Scott Bakula on 'Men of a Certain Age,' Cable TV and Sci Fi

by Jenna Busch, posted Dec 28th 2009 4:20PM
Scott Bakula is making weekly visits to our living rooms again in the new TNT original series 'Men of a Certain Age.' Also starring Ray Romano (who is writing and producing, along with Emmy winner Mike Royce) and Andre Braugher, this surprisingly dark show explores the lives of three college buddies as they navigate their forties and the challenges of mid-life.

Bakula plays Terry, a not-quite-as-successful-as-he-planned actor working at a temp job and dealing with the dating scene. Romano's character is a compulsive gambler, while Braugher's battles diabetes and the disappointment of his father.

We got a chance to chat with Bakula, who gave us a peek at the even darker tone of the original pilot, the freedom of working on a cable network and the indie film style of the show. We also talked about his work on 'Chuck,' how disappointed his fans were to hear that he won't be back this season, and how Steven Soderbergh told him not to research his character in 'The Informant!'

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