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ABC's 'Work It' Canceled

Picture 29Condolences to Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco, erstwhile stars of ABC's cross-dressing comedy, Work It, which ABC is reporting has been canceled after only two episodes.

Towleroadians will recall the weird furor inspired by the series last month, when ABC published a promo poster for Work It featuring two men in drag hoisting up their skirts at a urinal -- a tone deaf image, which either attempted to capitalize on or demonstrated a woeful ignorance of the ongoing debate in the United States about gender and public accommodations. But it wasn't a lack of political correctness that sunk Work It; it was a lack of audience. The show's debut drew an anemic 6.1 million viewers, and the next episode saw a 20% falloff. Work It will be replaced in its timeslot by reruns of Tim Allen's Last Man Standing.

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  1. did not see the show but could have been fun..except that things are sooo PC these days..

    Posted by: mymy | Jan 14, 2012 1:56:39 PM


  2. The tragedy here is that they're replacing it with reruns of an equally awful show and keeping Cougartown off the air.

    Posted by: JH | Jan 14, 2012 2:12:44 PM


  3. Why would this have been fun? It's the STUPIDEST idea ever thought of. It was stupid with Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari did it, and it's stupid now.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jan 14, 2012 2:12:47 PM


  4. If only we'd seen it coming! Oh wait....

    Funny review of the first episode:
    http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2012/01/hate-recap-on-the-first-episode-of-work-it.html

    Posted by: John | Jan 14, 2012 2:19:56 PM


  5. No, Work It, no eyes will weep for thee.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Jan 14, 2012 2:21:13 PM


  6. Stupid show. Tired premise. But offensive and derogatory? Really? REALLY? Are we gonna put a parental advisory sticker on Some Like It Hot and Tootsie now?

    Posted by: Christian | Jan 14, 2012 2:55:36 PM


  7. it's not what you do that makes something offensive or derogatory - it's how you are ABOUT it.

    tootsie. some like it hot. victor/victoria. class acts that brought nuance, insight and genuine character development to their concepts. it wasn't "Look! Theyre the other GENDER! isn't that HILARIOUS?!?"

    no. the humour was created from the specifics of the characters situations, what they learned, and the pressures they faced.
    this show is for people who think a man in a dress is just automatically funny.

    you know how when American Pie came out and was a huge success and suddenly there were a whole slew of LOUSY teen gross-out comedies? it's because the success of american pie wasn't the gross-out humour, but the actual heart that the film possessed, and the fact that the characters were actually genuinely good, albeit misguided, young guys. not assholes.
    the ripoffs remembered the bodily fluids but forgot the heart.
    same thing here.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 14, 2012 3:11:09 PM


  8. "...hoisting up their skirts at a urinal -- a tone deaf image, which either attempted to capitalize on or demonstrated a woeful ignorance of the ongoing debate in the United States about gender and public accommodations."

    I'm not sure what this criticism means. It seems to me that this is not the type of situation that has been subject to any debate. Everybody expects non-trans men in female costumes to use the urinal like other men.
    The problem seems to be that the anti-trans "conservatives" want to insist that actual transmen use female bathrooms and that transgendered women use male bathrooms using some defense about chromosomes or genitals at birth.
    It's hard for me to imagine they actually want to see a woman like Tula Colley (who appeared as a naked Playboy centerfold and James Bond babe before anyone even knew she had once been born with a penis) or a muscular, bald man like Buck Angel walking into a women's bathroom. But that's what they're arguing for, under the guise of "protecting" people from those scary trangenederd boogeypeople.

    Posted by: GregV | Jan 14, 2012 4:31:20 PM


  9. When will it dawn on you that the Homosexual adgenda ie. attempting to desenitize people into acceptance of deviancy in society, will not be tolerated. It is no surprise that this show and others like it have been bansished from our televisions, in a society that constantly tests it's boundarys this show crossed a line that was quickly corrected.

    Posted by: Michael Letterman | Jan 14, 2012 4:52:08 PM


  10. Michael Letterman, you're more than even usually stupid for a Right Wing troll. Work It was just another entry in the LONG line of movies and TV shows where STRAIGHT men are forced to dress as women for some unlikely reason or another. To get a job (Work It, Tootsie). To escape from the mob (Some Like It Hot). To see their kids (Mrs Doubtfire). To find a place to live (Bosom Buddies).

    Audiences (straight and gay) embraced some of those movies and shows because they offered something other than cheap laughs. IMO the protest against it was silly (and the protest was from LGBT people, not straights), but ultimately it failed because it wasn't funny.

    However, Modern Family, a show featuring a gay couple raising a child is one of the most successful on TV. So that kind of screws with your claim that "society" (like you'd know anything about a sane, civil society) doesn't accept gays, now doesn't it? So why don't you toddle off to your troll drawing board and come up with some better material.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 14, 2012 6:19:32 PM


  11. All I can say is good riddance to bad focus groups.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jan 14, 2012 7:05:36 PM


  12. This show STUNK! Pulling it off the air shows there is still some taste left in TV-land. Dull story, bad acting ... yuk.

    Posted by: Squirt | Jan 15, 2012 8:15:45 AM


  13. As a 33 year veteran Drag Queen, and a 42 year veteran of theatre, I couldn't be more delighted to see this badly written, poorly acted, piece of tripe driven into the scrap pile. I managed to get in 10 minutes of the first episode before my nerves were on edge, and I was looking for something to throw at the T.V. As a Thespian the show was pathetic enough, but as a Queen... I've yanked my daughters off stage by the wig for better makeup and performance than that!

    Posted by: Mommie Dammit | Jan 15, 2012 9:33:09 AM


  14. Wow, Gregoire, you're really dating yourself, now with that reference.

    Posted by: CarlottaVonFunkenhowzer | Jan 15, 2012 2:34:08 PM


  15. ABC deserves to have to take another look at their line up. The peddle these one liner shows on the cheap hoping to make money while canceling great written shows like Pushing Daisies, and Better Off Ted. Seriously I have been motivated to get out of the house more as the quality in programming has gone down. Then i discovered the BBC.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Jan 16, 2012 1:28:41 AM


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