October 7, 2011

THE SKED: CBS Explains “How To Be” A Flop Sitcom

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Well, that didn’t take long.  Here’s the difference these days between CBS and NBC:  earlier this week, NBC rewarded UP ALL NIGHT and WHITNEY, two sitcoms that most recently had 2.3 ratings, with full season back-orders, and has generally been treating them like new smash hits.  This afternoon, HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN, which had a 2.5 rating last night, was demoted by CBS to the wasteland of Saturday night and had its order cut from 13 episodes to 9 (the 9th episode being the one that’s shooting tonight–Happy Yom Kippur, everyone!).  So basically, as close as a show can come to being cancelled without actually using that word. 

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, which was supposed to have that Saturday slot (but which everyone knew was waiting in the bullpen for a summons to the real schedule), will take over Gentleman‘s slot.  Meanwhile, the cast of CHARLIE’S ANGELS, which had less than half of Gentleman‘s rating in their shared slot last night, may want to check their messages.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."