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‘Men of a Certain Age’ is officially dead after efforts to move it to another network

"Men of a Certain Age" is officially dead after efforts to revive the show on a different network. CREDIT: TBS

"Men of a Certain Age" is officially dead after efforts to revive the show on a different network. CREDIT: TBS

After TNT last month officially axed “Men of a Certain Age,” the executive producers (Mike Royce and star Ray Romano) tried to get another network to pick it up. Fans running an active Facebook page tried to help out.

But Deadline.com said possible networks all said no. The effort has failed.

The drama, which revolves around three middle-aged men struggling with their lives, received great reviews and fervent fans – just not enough fans. Andre Braugher has been nominated twice for Emmys. The show won a Peabody Award this year. But it was the lowest rated of all TNT dramas. And splitting the second season’s 12 episodes into two didn’t help matters.

Here’s the letter the producers posted on the Facebook page:

Hi folks,

Sorry I haven’t been in touch.  Unfortunately there’s been nothing to report.  And at this point, since we want to be straight with you guys, I have to tell you that we’ve kind of reached the end of the road.  Hard to admit, but it’s true.

If you can think of a network, we called them. Of course, “Men of a Certain Age” doesn’t really belong on certain networks.  But we called them too.  We called everybody.  We tried online, satellite, alternate content providers, corporate sponsorship, Taxi TV, filmstrips… everything.  We’ve exhausted every possibility and then some.

I was certainly hoping – actually, naively expecting a different outcome.  I thought somebody would pick us up.  Ray and I feel strongly that there are places where MOACA would not only be an excellent fit, but a home run.  But we couldn’t persuade others to see it that way.  And at a certain point, you gotta move on.

Sure, a miracle could still happen somehow.  So please don’t “unlike” this page or unsign the petition.  It’s still good to be able to show the world how much you guys care about the show.

We can’t thank all you enough.  So many of you have worked your asses off to help us find the show a home.  To see the support continue to pour in now weeks and weeks later is really incredible.

It’s also hard to express how grateful we are to the awesomely talented 200+ people who made the show. The cast and the crew were not only the best but made it a joy to come to work each day.

And we also want to thank TNT.  I know it’s natural to look at it like “they’re the ones who cancelled it,” but a more accurate viewpoint is “they’re the ones who put it on.”  Honestly, the notion that a show about the lives of three 50 year olds was on television at all in this day and age is a miracle.  It shouldn’t be, but it is.  On top of that TNT gave us the rare opportunity to do the show the way we wanted.

The end result is, we’re proud of the work, proud of the critical response and mostly proud that the show seems to have secured a deep place in people’s hearts that isn’t always reached.  Like some of you, we feel a little like we’ve lost a friend.  But the good news is, the 22 episodes live on.  They even end in a good place (if too soon).

So think of us as not as a cancelled show but a “mini-series by accident.”

Because really that’s our biggest hope:  if you are a fan, turn other people on to it.  We want it to live on. Hey, for better or for worse, the ratings tell us there are plenty of people out there who haven’t seen “Men of a Certain Age.”  We hope they check it out.

Thanks, and see you on the hill.

—Mike Royce & Ray Romano

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

51 comments Add your comment

Judy

August 27th, 2011
12:28 pm

I am really bummed. Was so hoping someone would pick you up. Did you try OWN? Just a suggestion. I’m still optimistic.

lewis

August 27th, 2011
12:41 pm

this show was almost as depressing as Louie

Rasta

August 27th, 2011
1:15 pm

They just need to get Cartoon Network to show reruns. Then it would guaranteed to get picked up and renewed!

Diego

August 27th, 2011
1:21 pm

TNT advertised the hell out of it pretty much every commercial break (like it does Hawthorne and all its other mediocre dramas), but the show just was not a draw. As a middle-aged guy with my own life and drama, the show had no appeal to me.

Also why does every middle-aged, half-way decent golfer think he realistically can make the senior tour? Nope (and a worn-out subplot). Guys that were better younger will still be better older.

(Put this show on HBO or Showtime and add a lot of strippers and violence, and maybe I would have given it a shot–if I subscribed to such channels.)

bravesfanbob

August 27th, 2011
1:28 pm

As a 49 year old male, the show appealed to me greatly. I saw every episode. It was funny, sad, dramatic, but most of all… REAL! It’s a shame that others didn’t catch on, but it probably appeals to guys in my age bracket, and they’re too busy to pool together to make it a highly watched show. Thanks to Ray, Scott, and Andre for such a wonderfully acted show, and who knows? Maybe a miracle will happen.

`2020 Vision` A Fan Of MOACA!

August 27th, 2011
1:56 pm

TBS never promoted `Men Of A Certain Age`!! Who even knew the day or time slot granted MOACA by TBS???

Yes, TBS foolishly poured $ Millions into salary, sets for Conan O’Brien, and huge hype to save their investment, but John Q. Public voted that O’Brien is a STINKER, despite TBS’s decision to back the wrong horse in the case of Conan vs. MOACA.

MOACA is made up of a winning cast and delivers a much better story premise than any of the other “middle age man syndrom” sitcoms on the air in recent history.

TBS excells in cartoons, old movies, and sports. A cartoon version of Conan O’Brien may have a better chance of succeeding that the obnoxious comedian in front of the camera.

Good gosh, what is this world coming to when Rosie O’Donnell and Conan O’Brien are still on the air? The networks are certainly working hard to cultivate a new `LOWEST DENOMINATOR` audience to drill down American culture and thinking.

Good luck to Ray Ramano and his co-stars. We surely hope to see you and the MOACA series picked up soon by a sharp network that is willing to promote the program to your demographics.

mcsteveb

August 27th, 2011
2:02 pm

I’m so sick of being fed shows like “American Idiot”, “Dancing with the Morons”, “America’s Got No Idea What Talent Is”, “Jerk-off Shore”, “Ignoring the Kardashians”…and the list never ends. It’s a pity that a show with great acting, intelligent writing and an actual plot can’t survive without strippers. Thanks to the producers, writers, actors and crew for delivering something to remember….

ajc_jmb

August 27th, 2011
2:33 pm

Reality TV is thriving while well-acted, well-shot, shows like Men of a Certain Age and Friday Night Lights get cancelled. It’s a cryin’ shame.

george

August 27th, 2011
2:50 pm

“the situation” and kim k. make millions a year-given to them voluntarily by networks and sponsors. elementary education teachers make maybe 40k. is it really surpising moaca got cancelled due to lack of viewership?

oh well

August 27th, 2011
3:48 pm

If it is not a show that appeals to women, it will not make.

kreedham

August 27th, 2011
3:57 pm

I still went ahead and liked Save MOACA on FB. One day they’ll actually be a channel for older, yet not so old, adults. Of course it will probably have Murder She Wrote marathans every other week.

Rob

August 27th, 2011
4:08 pm

Man this is really too bad! I watched this show from episode one and didn’t miss any. I thought it was great and therein lies the problem. I don’t watch too much TV these day with the vast majority of it consisting of brain-dead drivel. When I do find a show that I like, I kind of put a curse on it and it seems to go away. Studio 60 and Dirty Sexy Money being a few examples. I feel I bear some of the responsibility and I apologize, it was a great show.

michael

August 27th, 2011
4:11 pm

i pay $260 monthly for comcast and i have no cable and they won’t come out until thursday, this is saturday. so, i won’t miss a show i can’t see……………………..

Tim James

August 27th, 2011
4:32 pm

I thought the show sucked. Ahhh, brevity.

Mary

August 27th, 2011
5:55 pm

I’m a woman in my 60’s and I LOVED Men of a Certain Age. It was REAL, about real life situations, and the actors were brilliant. I’m so sick of silly, nauseating sitcoms, and violent shows, that Men of a Certain Age was like a breath of fresh air. It had EVERYTHING! (drama, humor, friendship, real life people with real life problems and and lives) I am so disappointed to see it end before it even got started. I hope somehow, someday to see it again on some enlightened channel.

Lenora

August 27th, 2011
7:12 pm

I am a female in my mid-50’s and really enjoyed this show. The plethora of ‘dramas’ about gruesome crimes focusing on gruesome details that are solved in a totally unrealistic 60 minutes (minus a zillion commercials) makes me sick. Men of a Certain Age was fantastic. Same on you TNT!

trish

August 27th, 2011
9:28 pm

I absolutely loved this show, it was funny and yes as the others have said “real”. It’s a shame that so many people are hooked on the “trash” shows. I like SOME of them too, but still love a good solid show. I too am sorry this show has been canceled.

Tina

August 27th, 2011
9:52 pm

I’m a woman in my early 30’s and I LOVED this show. It was real, funny, and I enjoyed Ramano in this role. Thought it would do well on Wednesday nights and was looking forward to another season. Glad it ended on a positive note, sad to see it is canceled, and wish them all the best.

Gary

August 27th, 2011
9:57 pm

The trouble with the show is Ray Ramano, who is the same irratating, immature bozo you wanted to kick in the butt on Everyone Loves Raymond, only without the redemption of Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts and the late great Peter Boyle to steal the scenes away from him. Drop him from the cast and the show is more watchable, but that won’t happen since he’s an executive producer.

bb

August 27th, 2011
10:37 pm

A great show. I can count the shows I watch regularly on one hand and have room to spare, this was one of them.

Ron Hyatt

August 28th, 2011
1:43 am

Did it suck or did it blow?

CD

August 28th, 2011
2:22 am

RU EFFIN SERIOUS?!!!!! Im a 45 yo male that absolutely looked forward to this show week in week out!! They keep HawthoRNe silly a$$ show on,but not MOACA?!! See this is a prime example of networks keeping IGNANT ass folks tuning in for utter B.S. They keep that stupid a$$ show WILLIARD on? Fa real? A human being in aDOG suit talking to another human that NOLY said guy can ONLY see?!!!! This is laighable!! and absolutely TRAGIC!!!

CD

August 28th, 2011
2:24 am

Forgive my mis spelling…. im just 357 hot behind this stupid a$$ crap!!

Kat

August 28th, 2011
2:27 am

“Honestly, the notion that a show about the lives of three 50 year olds was on television at all in this day and age is a miracle.” What about “Desperate Housewives?” Or, for that matter “The Real Housewives of…?” Only difference is the gender of the characters.

Don Pedro

August 28th, 2011
4:39 am

I can’t force myself to watch or listen to Ray Romano. If he is part of any cast then I move on to another option.

Rufio

August 28th, 2011
5:38 am

I hear the 18-24 year old demographics that the network was shooting for just wasn’t there according to sources at TNT! Ted would have kept the show on. TBS and TNT have grown sine Bill Tush and the News Dog.

I am going stop investing my time in new shows. This is the second show I liked (Life on NBC is the other) that was cancelled in it’s 2nd season. I am going to wait until a series has 5 years of DVD and then rent the series without commercials.

jj

August 28th, 2011
8:08 am

Just like politics, we all deserve the crap we get. We need to demand better, and actually support what we like. Unfortunately, people would rather watch formula like Hawthorne or eve worse – Wipeout. (after 5 minutes, you’ve seen the whole show. What more do you expect to see???)

Patsy

August 28th, 2011
8:38 am

I watched the show. No, it didn’t have violence and sex and not a lot of curse words. It as real life drama. I’m tired of watching murder, molestation, reality (or non-). We need good, wholesome shows.

25 to LIFE

August 28th, 2011
8:56 am

Here’s a suggestion…Cancel Conan, show is absolutely HORRIBLE! That will free up 40 million dollars right there.

SBH

August 28th, 2011
9:06 am

Loved the show — it is so smart and true to life! I hope someone wises up and picks up the show!

Wink

August 28th, 2011
9:19 am

I never bought the idea that the 3 of them were friends. Andre Baugher is too exotic looking and Ray Romano always looks like he’s smelling someone else’s farts.

Jack Arogeti 770

August 28th, 2011
9:56 am

Marketers know that “age” is a double edged sword. They focus on young demos to build brand loyalty early and, too a very large extent, eschew 50 plus demos – especially age 65 plus demos.
Even with their discretionary income and propensity to buy high end. While sports, baseball and football in particular, also reach (ie often “bonus”) men age 50 plus without appearing older skewing, a concept seeking to deliberately reach women 50 and older competes against better focused networks and syndication and dayparts than MOACA appears, if not, actually, can. Now, about the program itself, a Peabody is good, I enjoyed the show enought to DVR it, if not watch it when I recalled it was on and many others enjoyed it alot. While everybody loves Raymond, marketers and viewers didn’t seem to want to be too associated with a too real life drama about the realities of growing old – or more politically correct, growing older. Coca-Cola dropped “Classic” when they could and I would suggest, TNT rebrand and re-tool a bit MOACA. Archie’s Place tried it after Edith Bunker passed in All in the Family, “After MASH” may be another example among many. You see how old I am :-)

TNT programming and marketing execs, rather than, or now that you have without the success you sought, take the very same product to all these other media outlets, why not try to “2.0″ MOACA and make it less overtly reliant on the appearance of age that, sad but true, is less marketable?
You might have some fun and garner a lot of interest in possible rebranding titles and twists while keeping the soul, essence and character of a worthwhile and valued-by-many story.

What have you got to lose by discussing the possibility?

Will

August 28th, 2011
10:51 am

Maybe they should have called it The Golden Boys and added a slutty friend named Blanche and moved the show to Miami.

Evidently, "2020 Vision"...

August 28th, 2011
11:27 am

…has no clue as to the difference between TBS and TNT…

TG

August 29th, 2011
8:06 am

This royally sucks. I so don’t get it. The “lowest rated drama on TNT” would still be the highest rated on another, less established station. Every story I see on this show there is such outpouring of positive sentiment, sooo many people apparently loved this show. I don’t get how something with such quality and such a loyal following couldn’t find a place on TV, with all the duds floating around. How rare is it to get a show like this that actually has “it?” Something is wrong…

so tired of your talk

August 29th, 2011
8:10 am

i too, never tried it because of ray. i liked his show while it was current, cannot watch it nor him anymore. he is soooo whiney.

Paul Hansen

August 29th, 2011
8:51 am

Loved Men Of A Certain Age. Along with the Bull Years, was the most realistic look at real people living middle age. Well, at least the Bull Years can’t be cancelled.

Destiny

August 29th, 2011
1:04 pm

I liked this show. I loved Scott Bachula and Andre’s wife. The show to me was witty. While I love Leverage TNT dropped the ball with this one.

Allie

August 29th, 2011
1:30 pm

I’m a woman in my late 20s and was just getting into MOACA… so bummed to see that it was cancelled! We need more shows like this on television; realistic shows about life, that everyone can related to, with great acting!! Loved Andre Braugher – he was winning awards left and right. Too bad, an upsetting but typical poor decision.

Tom

August 29th, 2011
2:34 pm

This show sucked big time! Most of the time they sounded like they made up the dialog as they went along. Ray Romano’s acting style that worked with his previous sitcom just did not translate here at all. Am not sorry to see it go…only watched 2 episodes…..that was enough to tell me this was headed for Loserville!

Rich

August 29th, 2011
2:55 pm

If I wanted to hear a cuss-a-thon, I would go to a bar where a bunch of sailors are hanging out……….the show not only included cussing, it featured it!

Mike

August 29th, 2011
3:49 pm

I liked the show, but I wasn’t loyal to it.

Besides Golden Girls, was there ever a successful show where all the main characters were middle-aged and the same gender? Middle-aged men always have to have a conflict with a spouse, or a parent, or a child. A man fighting with his prostate takes a special kind of audience.

Sean

August 29th, 2011
7:29 pm

Loved the show. It should have never went to TNT. It should have been cut down to say 30 minutes and sold as a dramedy to HBO or Showtime. I think they know how and are more willing to nurture a show like MOACA. I have never been a fan of most of TNT’s original programming. HBO, AMC and BBC America have the best non-reality programming on the tube today.

Jake

August 29th, 2011
8:09 pm

Imagine that. A TV show that actually has a meaning & it gets axed. Jersey Shore stays on but M of ACA gets booted??? WTF gives…

chad

August 29th, 2011
8:40 pm

Just goes to show you that todays producers are too caught up with speed sessions on tv and reality tv. Men of A Certain Age reminded us all of quality actors and storylines about real life..Not this trash they put up today that has no substance…WHO IN THE HELL WATCHES REALITY TV ANYWAY>>>>dont get why someone would want thier lives blasted on tv..oh yeah money

Closer Fan

August 29th, 2011
8:55 pm

I watched MOACA this last season and really enjoyed it. I loved Andre Braugher. I wish they would cancel that awful Hawthorne. Saw it maybe twice and it sucked. It seemed like it should have been titled ” Not So Smart Woman Making Really Dumb Choices.” I wouldn’t want my teen daughter to watch it. I’d be surprised if it is cancelled, though. I am sure Will Smith’s millions upon millions will ensure that Jada stays on TNT for quite a while.

John Boy

August 30th, 2011
1:49 am

The cancellation of Men Of A Certain Age was ill-advised and moronic. The show was the best adult “dramedy” in many years. The writing and acting were simply superb. I absolutely loved everything about MOACA, despite the fact that I pretty much avoid entertainment TV in general.

I fervently hope some brilliant TV exec will recognize the monumental mistake TNT has made and give the series a fair chance on another network!

cindy friedman

August 31st, 2011
5:08 pm

I am so disappointed and so upset that MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE was not picked up! It was different, creative, with excellent writing and superb acting. I couldn’t wait till the next episode! Why does everything on tv have a be a reality or law enforcement show?? Bored with today’s tv shows…want to watch MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE!!

cindy friedman

August 31st, 2011
5:16 pm

…and to Gary and his comment…RAY ROMANO HAS MORE SEX APPEAL IN HIS LITTLE FINGER THAN YOU HAVE IN YOUR WHOLE BODY, YOU ARROGANT JERK!! AS DEBRA WOULD SAY…IDIOT!

Carey

September 8th, 2011
9:40 am

This was the best show! The sick part is look at what shows are hits??!! Jersey Shore! What a joke.