How to Be a Gentlemen Is Effectively Canceled

How to Be a Gentleman just got a rude awakening. CBS has shut down production on the comedy even though only two episodes have made it to air. But rather than outright cancel the show, the network is moving it to Saturday nights, where it swap places with Rules of Engagement (Rules will eventually take over How to Be a Gentleman's Thursday-night time slot). With production on the series halted, only what's already in the can will make it to air—reportedly about nine episodes.

A repeat of The Big Bang Theory will take How to Be a Gentleman's spot next Thursday, and the next new episode of How to Be a Gentleman will air Saturday, October 15 at 8:30pm. Rules of Engagement will now kick off its sixth season on Thursday, October 20 at 8:30pm.

Everyone and their moms knew something like this was coming as soon as CBS announced its wacko plan to air new episodes of Rules of Engagement on Saturdays. It was pretty obvious that the network's Saturday time slot would serve as a holding pen for Rules of Engagement until another one of CBS' half-hour comedies failed. But I'm not sure anyone thought it would happen this soon.

Of course, the big question here at TV.com is, "How will this news affect the Dead Pool?" Since How to Be a Gentleman hasn't technically been canceled, it falls into the gray area of officials' decision. Here's the rule from the original Dead Pool post:


A show is considered canceled if it gets pulled from the schedule, never to return again. However, networks like to pretend shows aren't canceled in order to protect their image, so your trusty TV.com editors will have the final say on whether a show is canceled or not. It's pretty easy to tell.


The deciding factor in this situation is that CBS has stopped production on the series. If the show had simply been moved to a new slot, this would be a more difficult call. Final official decision: How to Be a Gentleman has been canceled. Since it only lasted two episodes, it's worth 11 points (13 - 2 = 11).



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This show seemed to be struggling for laughs in the first episode. It just never did resonate with me. As for what show will be next: My guess is Charlies Angles. Looks to me like ABC tried taking a page from the CBS playbook and tried to re-boot a 70's classic. In the case of CBS (Hawaii-50) it has worked brilliantly but I dnpt see Charlie's Angles lasting till Thanksgiving (if it manages to last that long).
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I didn't love this show but it seemed like it had some potential. I think one problem is that the writer was also the main actor and he just doesn't possess the charm/charisma needed. I could see NPH in the role...
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didn't even realize it had started. Not that I would have watched it anyways but there is something to be said about effective advertising.
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Excellent decision there from the Officials. Next up, Unforgettable or (more likely) Hart of Dixie.
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Hope to see kevin Dillon is something new and better!

Now if we can just get rid of 2 Broke girls!!!!
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Ah.. this show was not worth more dan 1 minut in the first episode.

My guess 2 broke grils is next
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Couldn't get a connection with the leading guy..didn't seem to be from this century or something..LOVED Murray from Flight of the Concords..someone give him his own show.
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From the first promos onward, I had this one pinned as a stinker. I was a bit surprised that NBC did not stick it out (so to speak) with The Playboy Club for at least a few weeks. I guess they needed to give Brian Williams something to do.(Wink)



Grimm looks like a potential one-and-done just like this show, but for the same reasons as Once Upon A Time -- concept problems compounded by inept writing.
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im doing alright i guess 2 shows i picked got cancelled earns me 20 points
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Poor old Johnny Drama.
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Well, another show bites the dust. I watched 30 seconds of it and just found it boring. Thumbs up if you think that Charlies Angels is next! My Deadpool is doing pretty well, except for Whitney, that is still going on.
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Poor Cricket just can't get a break.
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never heard of it..
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Highly unfunny show. Won't miss it in the slightest.
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Huzzah!
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The best Dead Pool list so far would be:



How to Be a Gentleman (11 points)

The Playboy Club (10 points)

H8R (9 points)

Free Agents (9 points)

Charlie's Angels (which looks as if it will be cancelled soon, which could give 9 or 10 points)



with the New Girl as the tie breaker.



Total: 39 points (+ 9 or 10 for Charlie's Angels)

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I'm still kicking myself for not having H8R, Free Agents, Or Charlies Angels on my list!
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Even though once upon a time hasn't aired yet but I bet it be cancelled after 2 episodes. I put that show in the dead pool list.
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The rules were a little confusing. I based my choices on which shows would be cancelled first, otherwise I would likely have put Grimm on the list. Although if Grimm gets The Playboy Club's spot it could hold out.
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3/4...watch, Angels will be next..... I blame she who shall not be named...
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"(Rules will take eventually take over How to Be a Gentleman's Thursday-night time slot)"



Nice proof reading, guys
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How embarrassing! I've fixed the error.
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Did they really think it was going to last long this show is terrible.
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Yay, I got this right on my Dead Pool list. 2 of my 5 have been right so far, and 1 has been picked up (stupid Whitney).
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Yep.
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this new is so good nice move cbs
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I thought I had this on my list, but turns out I didn't! Damn. Can't say I'm surprised though. This show was truly below any quality standards. I really wish I'd remember what my reasoning was behind leaving this off my list.



The shows I have left in my Dead Pool haven't even started yet, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for them being cancelled. Wow, the air is thick with schadenfreude.
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Dang it why didn't I add H8r and free agents to my list! Stupid rookie mistake....oh well 21 points is ok.... next time I'll trust NBC less *coughwhitneycough*
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FIGURES ONE OF THE ONLY NEW SHOWS TO INTEREST ME (LOVES ME SOME DRAMA! ..HE *WAS* ENTOURAGE ALONG WITH J.P.......A.G CAN KISS MY HINEY..BLECH!) ALREADY GOT AXED. I GUESS I NEED TO BE A MINDLESS DRONE AND JUMP ON THE LAME SIT-COM OR REALITY BANDWAGON IF I WANT A SHOW THAT LASTS MORE THAN 1 OR 2 SEASONS....
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Got this one right. I just looked and for some reason I didn't put Free Agents on my list after all :( damn, I was so sure I had that one in my dead pool....
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Wow, I'm 4 for 4 right now...I honestly never thought this would happen. If I had New Girl as my Tiebreaker I'd be jumping up and down on my bed right now.
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Congratulations! I wish I was in your shoes.



BTW: Tim, could we have some kind of preliminary score board on how people are doing at this point? And since it looks like I'm about to take a beating, I sure hope there is a consolation prize for being last.
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Damn... I ALMOST put this one on my deadpool list, but felt sorry for Kevin Dillon. Oh, Bunny! you've become your character on Entourage (without the brother to save you!... where is Matt, by the way?)
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Seriously network executives if you know the show will tank early on, why bring it to air in the first place.
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Whatever, that gives me 11 points. Awesome. Was a bad idea.
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who cares? the only good CBS shows are the ones on Monday night (with the exception of Two and a Half Men, and potentially Hawaii Five-0).. and Craig Ferguson but that doesn't count
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It should only be worth 4 points if 9 existing episodes air during the fall season, even if it is on Saturday. Happy Endings was burned off two episodes at a time during the summer... and got renewed.
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A stop production on a new show two episodes in is a bit different than burning off the final episodes at the end of the summer.
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