Man down! Hoo boy, that never gets old. ABC has re-jiggered its Tuesday-night schedule to sweep the struggling Man Up under the rug. The new comedy starring Chris Moynihan and Dan Fogel may have aired its last episode this past Tuesday, as ABC has pulled the show from its schedule, according to a pair of press releases from the network. There's no word on whether the remaining episodes will air.
Airing in Man Up's place moving forward will be repeats of Last Man Standing, which was picked up for a full season earlier this year. Man Up and Last Man Standing make up a large chunk of one of the TV trends of the fall season: men trying to reinstate their macho-ness in a society that favors deep-Vs, skinny jeans, and pomade. With CBS's How to Be a Gentleman also a goner, it hasn't been a good year for wimpy men. Tim Allen, however, will beat you up.
Man Up had previously been left off ABC's midseason schedule, which essentially meant it was canceled. With today's news, the nails in the show's coffin have been hammered in a little deeper. As you can tell by my review of the pilot and my ranking of the fall season's new network comedies, I won't be shedding any tears over this one.
ABC did not respond to requests for comment as of press time. [UPDATE] ABC has responded: "Yes it’s been currently taken off our schedule but it is very much in contention for next season." And if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.