TNT canceled the drama “Men of a Certain Age” on Friday.
The weird thing about this: just one day earlier, Andre Braugher, who stars on the series with Ray Romano and Scott Bakula, scored the only major-category Emmy nomination for the network.
So why would TNT strike down its officially best-acclaimed show?
Because “Men of a Certain Age” doesn’t fit with the TNT brand in the least.
To be fair, as we’ve seen numerous times over the past year, a show that leans on generational relatability — whether it’s twentysomethings trying to figure out their lives or fortysomethings finding their first grey hairs — is a tough sell even on a network platform.
But it’s got even less of a chance on TNT, where the brand is incredibly disciplined.
Witness: What do “The Closer,” “Franklin and Bash,” “Rizzoli and Isles,” “Leverage” — honestly, we could list the whole grid here — have in common?
They’re procedurals. They’re character-driven. And to a one, the characters all follow this playbook:
They’re smartasses, they’re unorthodox, and they’re breakin’ all the rules — but they’re the best at what they do. And they get the job done.
Unfortunately, Romano and co. waxing melancholy about sagging skin just falls outside the paradigm.
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