Hank (2009 TV series)

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Hank
Hank 2.JPG
Title screen
Format Situation comedy
Created by Tucker Cawley
Starring Kelsey Grammer
David Koechner
Melinda McGraw
Jordan Hinson
Nathan Gamble
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (5 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s) Tucker Cawley
Kelsey Grammer
Mike Clements
Tom Werner
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Television
Good Humor Television
Bonanza Productions Inc.
Grammnet Productions
McMonkey
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 30 – November 4, 2009 (2009-11-04)

Hank (originally titled Awesome Hank and PRYORS) is a comedy television series which ran on ABC from September 30, 2009, to November 4, 2009.[1] The series was created by Tucker Cawley and is about a Wall Street executive who loses his job and reconnects with his small-town family.[2] Hank originally aired on Wednesday nights in the fall season and starred Kelsey Grammer. The series was produced by Good Humor Television and from Warner Bros. Television.

Premise[edit]

Hank Pryor (Kelsey Grammer) is a high-powered business executive. He lives with his wife, Tilly (Melinda McGraw), their daughter, Maddie (Jordan Hinson) and their son, Henry (Nathan Gamble). The big life is great for them until Hank is suddenly released from his CEO job and has his family relocate from New York to the small southern town of River Bend, Virginia. Life is not all too grand now with having to live in the same zip code as Tilly's family, but for Hank, it's starting small to become big.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

A total of 10 episodes of Hank were filmed and five have been aired, but on November 11, 2009, ABC said it had "no immediate plans" to air the others.[3]

Series overview[edit]

Seasons Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 10 September 30, 2009 November 4, 2009

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Viewers Original Airdate Code
1 "Pilot" 8.46 September 30, 2009 (2009-09-30) 2J5341
A legendary entrepreneur in the sports retail world, Hank Pryor, and his wife, Tilly, have been living the high life in New York City. That is until Hank is forced out of his CEO job and has to downsize and move his family back home to the small town of River Bend, Virginia.
2 "Yard Sale" 6.72 October 7, 2009 (2009-10-07) 2J5302
Hank gets back into business by testing his entrepreneurial skills with a neighborhood yard sale.
3 "Drag Your Daughter to Work Day" 6.24 October 14, 2009 (2009-10-14) 2J5301
When Hank tells Maddie that she needs to get a job like he used to have at her age, he ends up having to prove what he said was true by taking a job alongside her at the mall.
4 "Relax, Don't Do It" 5.84 October 21, 2009 (2009-10-21) 2J5303
Hank finds it challenging to "do nothing" while unemployed and is the ultimate over-achiever in his roles as a house-husband as well as a hunter
5 "Hanksgiving[4]" 5.33 November 4, 2009 (2009-11-04) 2J5308
Hank’s worst holiday nightmare comes true when his mother-in-law comes to visit for the first annual suburban Pryor Family “Hanksgiving".
6 "Got It[4]" January 15, 2013 (2013-01-15) (Brazil)[5] 2J5304
Hank has had it with Tilly's annoying habit of saying "got it, got it, got it," but is afraid to discuss the issue directly with her, so he recruits his ever-so-subtle brother-in-law, Grady, to approach her about the problem.
7 "Hank's Got a Friend" January 22, 2013 (2013-01-22) (Brazil)[6] 2J5305
Hank gets more than he bargained for when he finds a friend in suburbia.
8 "The Pryor Name"
Hank gears up for his first big meeting since his career 'downsized'.
9 "Tree House" January 29, 2013 (2013-01-29) (Brazil)[7]
Henry helps with a tree house, while Maddie is skipping her chores.
10 "Dog" February 4, 2013 (2013-02-04) (Brazil)[8]
When Henry chooses a grizzled old hound for a pet, Hank realises he has a lot in common with the doddery old dog.

U.S. ratings[edit]

Episode Number Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Timeslot)
Rank
(Night)
1 "Pilot" 5.4 9 2.2/7 8.46 4 10
2 "Yard Sale" 4.4 7 1.6/5 6.72 6 14
3 "Drag Your Daughter to Work Day" 4.2 7 1.6/5 6.24 6 14
4 "Relax, Don't Do It" 3.9 7 1.5/5 5.84 6 13
5 "Hanksgiving" 3.6 6 1.4/4 5.33 7 13
6 "Got It" TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
7 "Hank's Got a Friend" TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
8 "The Pryor Name" TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
9 "Tree House" TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
10 "Dog" TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

Reception[edit]

The show has been critically panned, scoring a 37/100 in Metacritic, with viewers agreeing with the critics, scoring it at a 4.2/10.[9] The Los Angeles Times has noted "There's nothing here you couldn't imagine from the premise, but there's also nothing wrong with what's here: McGraw is a good foil for Grammer, and Grammer is good at what he does."[10] The New York Post panned the show: "Hank is one of the worst new (or old) comedies of this or many other seasons".[11]

Cancellation[edit]

Hank was officially cancelled on November 11, 2009 amidst low ratings and bad reviews.[3] A total of ten episodes of the series have been produced, leaving five episodes unaired. ABC stated that they had no immediate plans to air the remaining episodes. Special programs and reruns of comedy shows aired in its place.[3] In a December 2009 interview with Jay Leno, Kelsey Grammer admitted that he had initially called Warner Bros. to ask that the show be cancelled because it was too unfunny.[12] The unaired episodes have since aired in the UK on BT Vision and in Croatia on Doma TV.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Futon Critic Staff. "ABC Sets First Wave of Fall Premieres", TheFutonCritic.com, June 9, 2009.
  2. ^ Schneider, Michael (2009-01-06). "Kelsey Grammer to star in ABC pilot". Variety. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  3. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (2009-11-11). "ABC Cancels 'Hank'". Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  4. ^ a b Robert Seidman (30 October 2009). "ABC's November Sweeps Programming to Include 'Hank', 'The Forgotten', and 'Eastwick'". TVbytheNumbers.com. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  5. ^ SBT: Hank: Episodios
  6. ^ SBT: Hank: Episodios
  7. ^ SBT: Hank: Episodios
  8. ^ SBT: Hank: Episodios
  9. ^ Hank at metacritic.com
  10. ^ Lloyd, Robert. "'Hank' and 'The Middle'", Los Angeles Times, September 30, 2009.
  11. ^ Stasi, Linda. "Back to them", New York Post, September 30, 2009.
  12. ^ http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/hank-kelsey-grammer-canceled-sitcom/

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