CBS announced on Wednesday that it would be cancelling We Are Men, the low-rated comedy starring Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub and Jerry O’Connell. The network decided to can the show after just two episodes, making it only the second show to be canceled this season (the first was ABC’s Lucky 7.) There are no plans to broadcast the remaining unaired shows.
A sampling of coverage of the cancellation is below.
TV.com: “CBS Cancels We Are Men, Mercifully Freeing Kal Penn and Tony Shalhoub; Mike & Molly Will Take Its Place”
EW.com: “We Are Men. We are low rated. We are gone.”
The Salt Lake City Tribune: “That’s two episodes and out for We Are Men, a show whose ratings were almost as bad as it was.”
The New York Times: We Are Men, a comedy about three single men chasing women in an apartment complex, received some of the worst reviews of the season.”
Buzzfeed’s Kate Aurthur sent this tweet:
Thrilled CBS is saying goodbye to #WeAreMen.
— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) October 9, 2013
As for the show’s stars. actors Kal Penn, Jerry O’Connell and Chris Smith reached out to fans via Twitter after the announcement:
Well, We Were Men. Loved our cast & crew. Much love to the peeps who watched & enjoyed. http://t.co/qxo2GXp8yK
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) October 9, 2013
We Are Men cancelled. What a fun ride. Love those guys. Changing my profile pic now.
— Jerry O'Connell (@MrJerryOC) October 10, 2013
— SmithChris (@SmithChris) October 10, 2013
So what’s next for Penn and the rest of the cast? That’s still unclear. We liked this scenario proposed by TV.com’s Tim Surette: “Now Shalhoub and Penn can go do something better, like guest-star as romantic interests on The Mindy Project.” (Though Shalhoub is probably a touch too old to play a romantic interest for Mindy. He received news of the cancellation on his 60th birthday.)