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Bad week for Hank Azaria! Fox wants him to take a “Simpsons” pay cut and his new series “Free Agents” is the first sitcom to get cancelled this fall.

How the NBC shows rank:
(18-49 finals; repeats in grey; last week in parentheses)
7.7 (8.3)(10.0)(10.7) Sunday Night Football
3.5 (3.9) (1.4) (---) The Office
2.5 (3.3) (---) (---) Whitney
2.3 (2.1) (2.3) (3.7) Up All Night
2.1 (2.3) (3.6) (---) Biggest Loser
2.1 (2.1) (2.4) (---) Law & Order SVU
2.1 (2.1) (---) (---) Parks and Recreation
2.0 (2.2) (2.1) (2.2) Parenthood
1.8 (1.7) (0.6) (---) Community
1.8 (1.7) (1.9) (---) Sing-Off
1.6 (2.0) (1.5) (1.8) Dateline
1.5 (1.8) (---) (---) Prime Suspect
1.2 (1.2) (1.2) (---) Harry’s Law
1.2 (1.3) (1.6) (---) Playboy Club
1.0 (1.0) (1.3) (2.1) Free Agents

No word yet on what will replace “Agents” at 8:30 Wednesday nights but it might be repeats of “Whitney” until the midseason return of “30 Rock.”

It is slightly curious that NBC isn’t yet jettisoning “Harry’s Law” even though it pulls the same ratings as the cancelled “Playboy Club.”

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  • Oct. 6, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    I read...

    by JonJonB9

    that, pay cut or no, The Simpsons will end next season either way. I believe it was the huffington post, no idea how reliable that is.

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    never heard of this show

    by lostboytexas

    also, the Simpsons is still going? WTF?

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    I thought the producer of the Simpsons caved?

    by Andrew Coleman

    Could be wrong. This is sad mainly for the cast. The show itself was rather... Boring. It just felt liked something we've seen a thousand times before. Just a lazy concept for a show. When I first heard the title I thought it would be about sports agents... Thought that could be interesting. Saw what it really was and lost interest almost instantly.

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    That's too bad

    by Detective_Fingerling

    this was my favorite new show of the season.

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Bring back THE CAPE!

    by 3D-Man

    I keeed, I keeeed.

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    I would have bet Pan Am

    by tangcameo

    Now if Christina Ricci had been in a Bunny suit, and gained the weight she used to have, THEN we would've had a show!

  • A lot tougher than Charlie Sheen being killed off.

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    never noticed previews for this.

    by George Newman

    been busy i guess

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Bring back MANIMAL!

    by Monkeybrains

    No one can accuse me of not having patience. RIP Simon MacCorkindale

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Cancellations

    by Sci-FiJunky

    Why hasn't Charlie's Angels gone the way of the Dodo yet?

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    It wasn't good.

    by Monolith_Jones

    A shame because the leads are great, but they deserve better.

  • As for the show getting cancelled.... My first reaction was, "Free Agents? This was a thing? Eh." Now if we can get Whitney cancelled too. That shit is so overrated.

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    only person who was good in this was Tony Head

    by ahdvd

    He does dry whit rather well, hopefully he will get another role in a comedy

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    I was betting on "Charlie's Angels" to lose.

    by kabong

    I'm betting on "Person of Interest" and the Detroit Tigers to win.

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    I feel more sorry for Kathryn Hahn

    by thelordofhell

    If he closes this deal, I'll eat my own pussy!

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I just found MANIMAL on the torrents!

    by Derek Wildstarr

    And don't bash me for torrents. It's frickin' Manimal. They should pay me to download that show and promote it.

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Holy Crap, NBC might as well just become the NFL network

    by Tony

    Its second highest rated show is the OFFICE? Its third is Whitney? Yikes... Hmmm wait a second I fall in that all important 18-49 bracket and I watch a ton of shows....Lets see there's Sunday Night Football, the Office and....ummm....Holy Crap NBC might as well just become the NFL Network...

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Damn right they need to bring back MANIMAL!!

    by thecinemasnob

    And "The Master."

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Whitney SUCKS!!! Cancel that too please!!!

    by kbarber29

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    why not Harry's Law?

    by mcgillj

    well OBVIOUSLY first.. David E. Kelly has a TRACK record.. and even if its CRAP (which I thought of the very first episode), and I actually did LOVE Boston Legal.. and thought this could be another swing in that kind of material (it wasn't).. and a BIG star.. who are they afraid to alienate axing "Free Agents"? Azaria who has had NOTHING but failed live action shows.. ONE really memorable bigger role (The Birdcage, then several lame attempts to repeat it).. and a hysterical cameo in "Dodgeball" but he is very hit or miss in movies.. although I thought he was HILARIOUS in "Mystery Men". BUT his tv career? "Huff" was actually quite a great show.. it just never really found the audience it should have.. "Herman's Head" what was he.. sixth banana behind Charlie Brewster and the head-ettes? (lol). But.. part of keeping "Law" would be partly to keep a relationship with Kelly for his next show.. which might be better.. and a relationship with Bates who could do better given better material.. otherwise I think it would have been on the chopping block last year after 3 episodes..

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Wonder Woman deserved a shot.

    by Isaac R.

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    I hope Prime Suspect hangs in there

    by CherryValance

    Harry's Law isn't my thing but it's not that bad. Why do they have to cancel things all the time? Why can't they just let them sit there for a whole season?

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Bet that 45% paycut isn't looking so bad now is it Hank?

    by Meta

    Stop being a greedy mutherfucker and sign the deal with Fox for another season. You're still the highest paid actor on prime time TV (based on hours worked versus $ paid per episode). Maybe you can accept the 45% paycut and in exchange get a TV development deal with Fox. Nobody else on the Simpsons is going to appear in front of a camera anymore, so this is your last chance. Take it while it's still there.

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    The Cape/Manimal Power Hour!

    by Meta

    6 Seasons and a Movie!

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    I have an idea for Wonder Woman...

    by mistergreen

    Bring in Bruce Wayne, no Batman for obvious rights issues. He can be Diana's confidant in business and crime fighting, maybe a little romantic thing too.

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Liked Natasha Leggero in it, but otherwise it had no spark

    by chromedome

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Bring back LUCAN!

    by Uncle Stan

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Merge Playboy Club and Pan-Am

    by In Action Man Reborn Requiem

    Stewardess by Day, Bunny By Night, Secret Agents on Weekends. And Game of Thrones anal fingerbang exposition scenes.

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    I bet Mama has a contract with NBC

    by thedarklingthrush

    and that's why its not canceled

  • Oct. 6, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    WHITNEY is a great return of the sitcom. I really like it.

    by DrPain

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Supertrain: The Next Generation

    by mattgil

    I can already smell the pile of Benjamins.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 12:49 a.m. CST

    MANIMAL was the shit!

    by Gorgomel

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Bring back Man from Atlantis too!

    by Gorgomel

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Bring Back Automan and Street Hawk.

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

    now thats television.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST

    and a new Airwolf with Timothy Olyphant as Hawke.

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST

    That's too bad

    by dukeroberts

    This show was pretty funny. Much funnier than Whitney. Tonight I actually turned Whitney and watched Wednesday night's (apparently last) episode of Free Agents. Whitney is less funny than Outsourced was.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Airwolf, its a MUST !

    by Keith Maniac

    Street Hawk, Automan and The Greatest American Hero, oh and The Gemini man, but its his mobile phone which turns him invisible now, oh yeah and Hunter as well, im sick of blah,blah police procedurals, though Justified is the FKIN nuts !

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 3:06 a.m. CST

    This dies...Whitney and 2 Broke Girls Lives?

    by DrSherlockHouse

    I know that 2 Broke Girls is on another network, but seriously, I think Free Agents had potential. 2 great leads. Anthony Stewart Head with some GREAT dry British Wit. I think it might have had some potential given time to breathe. Whitney on the other hand is unwatchable. I like Cummings, and the actor who plays the boyfriend (who was GREAT on Workaholics), but the show is just completely unfunny. Same for 2 Broke Girls. Cummings two forays into TV do little to make me believe she's getting any steam other than because she's an attractive female comic.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST


    by TopHat

    ...will be kept alive as long as possible.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 6:31 a.m. CST

    They got away with a show named Whitey?

    by oceanfrog

    Oh, "Whitney". My bad.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    A Manimal remake won't work. Re-imagine it with Simon MacCorkindale as

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    a grandfather. Have it skip a generation, and have some emo punk turn into snakes and stuff. CGI Simon since he's dead.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Wait, I got it. Bring back The Phoenix

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Put me on the list...

    by CatVutt

    Of people who never even heard of this show.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    If his agent is competent at all, Azaria has to be richer than God

    by Mugato5150

    If he has a half way decent deal with residuals, syndication and merchandise, I'm sure it would be worth the pay cut just to keep the show going.

  • There's really not a lot of incentive to keep it going to begin with. How creatively rewarding can yet another season of the Simpsons be to him at this point? What benefit is there for him to take a 45% pay cut to go back to the same job he's been doing for more than two decades?

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Don't feel bad for Hank Azaria

    by Beezbo

    He has been making $8 million a year for doing cartoon voices.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    What is this coxaxial thing.

    by UltraTron

    I don't I've ever read this section. Where am I? I need my medicine

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Anyone else love how iPad literally fights you when you type?

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    The writing...

    by Gigabrian

    ...just didn't work. Great cast (not including hair-guy/guy-with-hair), but they never did anything. An entire episode of Free Agents has about 1/4 of the step-by-step plot movements of an episode of Community or similarly genius shows. I'm sorry to see this go because it had potential, but I'd have hated if it had thrived and put a great show like Community under pressure. Now if only Whitney would go die on it's arse...

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Actually liked this show...

    by HuffyHenry

    It is (was?) kind of like Mad Men, except that we're all pussies now. Too bad, Hank. I dug it.

  • I'll try the British one since it has Anthony Stewart Head in it.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    UK Version...

    by Schadenfreude

    ... was actually pretty good, but also seems to have only gotten one season. I've not seen the NBC one, but just on the basis of how sweary and foul-mouthed Tony Head is in the UK one it can't be as good.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by Ender's Jeesh

    I kind of liked this show, could have grown into something decent given another dozen or so episodes. Thank God shows like Seinfeld and Cheers were given time to mature. The wouldn't stand a chance in the current TV climate. Playboy Club was awful. 2 Broke Girls makes Playboy Club look like Masterpiece Theater.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Whoa!- I called that one!

    by krabklaw

    Having seen the same promo a million times over the Summer, I remember once telling the wife "They show all these commercials for three months and it'll be gone in three weeks." Too bad I was right because I think the show was OK and had the potential to be really good. Problem is it should have been sold to basic cable- it felt too adult for NBC.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Fuck! I though it was FRINGE who had gotten the hammer. Dammit!

    by AsimovLives

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Next week on "Whitney"

    by jim

    Whitney and her unshaven boyfriend engage in some role playing. And some other stuff happens. But it's the role playing that is the constant in this show. So for all you who forget to change the channel after The Office, this is what happens. Don't know why we even try to summarize the plot as you don't care since you are only watching because you were too lazy to reach for the remote after The Office ended. Remember The Office? Now that's a funny show. You know what, forget about all we at NBC have said about the next episode of "Whitney". Here's all you need to know: Next week on "Whitney" - it comes on after The Office so just watch it too, ok, thanks. (come on, you know that's what the NBC episode summarizer is thinking when writing those "Whitney" blurbs)

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Harry's Law gets higher ratings than most NBC shows

    by BitterMan23

    It just skews older so it doesn't track in your demo numbers.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I liked it too.

    by tonagan

    Kind of reminded me of "Mister Sunshine" from last year, which also got cancelled.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Sharon Horgan!Sharon Horgan! Sharon Horgan!Sharon Horgan!

    by Nerfee

    Sharon Horgan!

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    I think what I'm trying to say is

    by Nerfee

    Just give Sharon Horgan her own effing sitcom, instead of remaking -with other people- stuff she was better in to begin with.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST


    by Arcadian Del Sol

    actors take 30% pay cut and no royalties.

  • Oct. 7, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Bring back Phoenix, Stingray, and Profit

    by no1ofimportance

    I haven't seen Phoenix in decades, so maybe I'm not remembering it properly, but I remember my parents enjoying the show too, and we were all disappointed that it ended without a conclusion after a handful of episodes. Stingray was kind of an adult A-Team/Pretender with Nick Mancuso as a mysterious badass who would trade help for a favor to be named later. Profit is kind of like Revenge with Adrian Pasdar as a antihero out to take down/over a company with no holds barred, including murder. Profit was one of Stephen J. Cannell's favorites, and he tried to get Showtime to pick it up after it was canceled.

  • Oct. 8, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    I can't believe that Whitney has better ratings than Playboy Club

    by chien_sale

  • doesn't suck...and now it's I know how it feels to be the average American viewing audience AND a pissed off sorta fan of a cult show. The ladies in this show were working their asses off to make it more than a mediocre series of one liners, but the writers didn't even give Anthony Stewart Head nearly enough to do. But the fact that The Head was in a fucking TV show again!!! I'm sorry, man. I blew it.