Free Agents – Cancelled

Free Agents – Cancelled

Well NBC’s The Playboy Club was the first casualty of the 2011 season and now Free Agents is the second. (The CW’s H8r was third, proving the existence of merciful and loving God) Now of those three shows, Free Agents is the one I actually watched and thought had serious growth potential. It was always on after another NBC show Up All Night, which by contrast has been picked up for a full year. That’s interesting to me, because as I pointed out before the two shows share most of the same strengths and weaknesses. Both succeed on the strength of their performers (Hank Azaria and Katherine Hahn in this case) and have a serious problem with their supporting cast (Mo Mandel, Al Madrigal, Natasha Leggero, Joe Lo Truglio, and Anthony Stewart Head). Over the four episodes that I saw, the show didn’t seem to find any secure grasp of its tone. Azaria and Hahn seemed to be living in a more adult world than everyone else on the show. Madrigal (The Daily Show), Leggero (Ugly Americans), Lo Truglio (Reno 911), and Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) have all been better on other shows but it feels like they had only the crudest of stereotypes to work off of. This wouldn’t such a huge issue if the show didn’t force them into significant roles on each episode. Add Free Agents to the long list of cancelled Hank Azaria shows (with one exceptionally long-lasting exception). Azaria is just one of those very talented people who has never found the right live action vehicle. Here’s hoping the next one works out for him. Free Agents, we hardly knew ye.

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