ABC pulls ‘Work It’ after two episodes

This should come as a surprise to just about no one, but ABC has cancelled its controversial cross-dressing comedy ‘Work It‘ after only two episodes.

Before the show even got on the air, Work It was being criticized by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which claimed that “by encouraging the audience to laugh at the characters’ attempts at womanhood, the show gives license to similar treatment of transgender women.”

GLAAD went on to say that while Work It‘s first episode didn’t “explicitly address transgender people, many home viewers unfamiliar with the realities of being transgender will still make the connection.”

It didn’t help that Work It was nearly universally slammed by critics, and was met with fairly low ratings for the pilot episode, which dropped even further for the second.

According to a report by the New York Times, repeats of Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing will fill in for Work It‘s now-vacant time slot for the time being. Although not yet confirmed, there’s the possibility that the third season of Cougar Town could fill in.

Bill Lawrence, executive producer on Cougar Town, said in a tweet on Friday (via Reuters): “Hoping CT’s premiere date will be announced Tuesday. Fingers crossed…”

Are you glad to see Work It off the air?