How to Be a Gentleman

How to Be a Gentleman
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Created byDavid Hornsby
ComposerJohn Swihart
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Executive producers
ProducerMichael Borkow
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) –
June 23, 2012 (2012-06-23)
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How to Be a Gentleman is an American sitcom television series that originally aired on CBS from September 29, 2011, to June 23, 2012.[1][2] Lead actor David Hornsby created the series, adapting the nonfiction book of the same name by John Bridges.[3]

How to Be a Gentleman received a thirteen episode order for its initial season and the series was placed on the network’s Thursday night lineup at 8:30 PM Eastern, replacing Rules of Engagement in that slot as the latter series was going to move to Saturday nights once it launched for the season. The first two episodes, however, failed to draw a high rating and were unable to hold the audience of lead in program The Big Bang Theory, which was CBS’ highest rated sitcom. On October 7, 2011, CBS cancelled the series after three low-rated episodes. They also cut the episode order from 13 to 9 episodes, which effectively ended production as the series had just finished its ninth episode when the announcement was made.[4] CBS announced that Rules of Engagement would be retaking its former time slot shortly thereafter, with How to Be a Gentleman moving to Saturday nights.[4][5]

Although the reduction in episodes and move to Saturday did not officially result in the series’ cancellation, CBS finally pulled the plug after one further episode had aired after its ratings reflected a loss of half of the audience from the previous program, a rerun of Two and a Half Men.[6] CBS later made the decision to burn off the remaining episodes on Saturday evenings over the summer, beginning on May 26.[7]

  1. ^ Wharton, David (2011-05-16). "CBS Planning De Niro Cop Show And How To Be A Gentleman Comedy". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (June 29, 2011). "CBS Announces Fall 2011 Premiere Dates". TV By the Numbers. Archived from the original on July 1, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  3. ^ Renkl, Margaret (2011-02-17). "John Bridges' beloved Gentleman guide may find new life as a CBS comedy series". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (7 October 2011). "CBS Relegates 'How To Be A Gentleman' To Saturdays, Replaces It With 'Rules Of Engagement'". Deadline Hollywood, Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  5. ^ Seidman, Robert (October 7, 2011). "CBS: 'Rules of Engagement' Moving to Thursdays, 'How To Be A Gentleman' Banished to Saturdays, Effectively Canceled - Ratings". TV By The Numbers. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  6. ^ "'How to be a Gentleman' Pulled from Saturdays After One Airing". 19 October 2011.
  7. ^ "CBS Plans Burn-Off of How To Be A Gentleman, Again; Comedy Central's Futurama Launches 7th Season in June". Sitcoms Online. May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012.

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