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ABC yanks Kelsey Grammer comedy 'Hank'

Hank That's 0 and 2 for Kelsey Grammer's post-"Frasier" TV career.

After just five episodes had aired, ABC confirmed today that it had canceled "Hank," the network's new comedy series starring Grammer as a corporate executive who is let go in a downsizing and forced to spend more time with his family. "Hank," the weakest performer in ABC's all-new fall-comedy lineup, had been preempted in recent weeks, and now that hiatus will be permanent.

Grammer's last show, Fox's "Back to You," lasted just one season.

In "Hank's" 8 p.m. time slot, ABC will air repeats of its other comedies and holiday specials. The network picked up full seasons of “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town” last month.

"Hank's" cancellation follows this week's news that "Eastwick" will not receive a full-season order.

-- Denise Martin

Photo: ABC

Comments () | Archives (6)

I could have told you this after 10 minutes of one episode! I'm a huge Kelsey Grammer Fan and I have one word for him....Drama!!

Sad but inevitable. "Frasier" was one of the best written comedies in television history. The writing on "Hank" was embarrassing, and the premise was silly.

I like Kelsey Grammer, but the show was just terrible -- and I think it is holding back the potential for success of the horribly named but delightfully written and acted "The Middle."

Were I an ABC programmer, I would also dump or move "Cougar Town" and put the two compatible dysfunctional family comedies, "Modern Family" and "The Middle," in one block at either 8:00 or 9:00 p.m.

I think the show was really starting to grow on me, and now i might actually miss it....

There was a new Kelsey Grammer comedy on? I would've given it a shot had I known.

Why do they always cancel the shows that grow on you, Hank was a great laugh! We need more like this ! There is too much blood, murders, violence Etc on tv Ugh, guess I will watch a cooking show!


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