Good news for TNT’s promising new drama Men of a Certain Age: Though the network only aired 10 episodes of the series about three middle-aged men living in Los Angeles, it was enough to convince Emmy voters to nominate co-star Andre Braugher in the supporting actor category. Braugher plays Owen Thoreau Jr., the schlubby manager of a car dealership that’s owned by his overbearing father (Richard Gant).
“I was looking for a new challenge,” Braugher says of the series created by Everybody Loves Raymond’s Ray Romano and Mike Royce. “The last thing I wanted to do these days was pick up a gun or blow something up or talk tough. I’ve already done a lot of that. I wanted to do something fun. Even though they call it a drama, it’s a funny show. Ray is an excellent writer as well as a comedian. He’s plumbing new depths here.
“I imagined from the very beginning that we’d get a middle age audience because we are telling the story of their lives — something they would relate to right away,” continues Braugher. “Not a lot of happens. It’s similar to Seinfeld [in] that it has a tendency to be a show about nothing. But it really stands up because Mike and Ray are truthful writers. It’s really it’s about how people relate to each other and how they get out of these hijinks.”
Men also stars Romano and Scott Bakula. TNT increased the second season order to 12 episodes, which will begin airing in November. In its first season, Men averaged 4.2 million viewers and frequently dominated its Monday timeslot among viewers and adults 25-54 compared to other ad-supported cable shows.
TNT earned three Emmy nominations today, including an Outstanding Lead Actress nod for Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer).