Network cancels Kelsey Grammer comedy
ABC’s “Hank” has been yanked.The weakest link of the Alphabet’s Wednesday night comedy lineup, show wasn’t expected to get a full season pickup — something ABC finally confirmed on Wednesday morning. “Hank” had already been pre-empted in recent weeks for specials — including this week, as the net’s entire night was bumped for the CMA Awards. Now that becomes permanent, as ABC will air a mix of comedy repeats and holiday specials in “Hank’s” 8 p.m. slot for the time being. ABC had already picked up full seasons of its other Wednesday laffers — “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town.” Cancellation comes soon after ABC also opted not to give new Wednesday night drama “Eastwick” a back nine order either. “Hank” dump makes it two disappointments in a row for star Kelsey Grammer, who wasn’t shy with blasting Fox after that network dumped his last sitcom, “Back to You.” Grammer even blamed his heart problems on Fox’s decision to drop that show. Grammer also made news this summer when he trashed CBS for being disingenuous in stealing away “Medium,” which he exec produces. It remains to be seen whether he’ll hold ABC in similar contempt. Five episodes of “Hank” remain in the can; it’s unclear whether those shows will see the light of day. Insiders noted that the writing was on the wall for the show when ABC opted to air the show’s Thanksgiving episode early, last week. “Hank,” from Warner Bros. TV, starred Grammer as an executive who is sacked in a downsizing — and forced to spend more time with his family.
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