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What will this critic use as a punching bag if ‘2 Broke Girls’ is canceled?

Kat Dennings (left) and Beth Behrs in “2 Broke Girls.”

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Kat Dennings (left) and Beth Behrs in “2 Broke Girls.”

Please, send your prayers my way. I am grieving the loss of a very special friend, a friend I’ve known for six years, a friend I’ve written about with great passion many, many times, savoring each one of its distinct qualities.

With the networks introducing their fall seasons this week at the upfronts in New York, CBS delivered the devastating bit of news: “2 Broke Girls,” the sitcom about two young women trying to make it after all in Brooklyn, has been canceled. That’s right. “2 Broke Girls,” with its filthy humor, its ethnic and racial stereotypes, its affection for menstrual jokes and groan-worthy puns, is dead.

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Its ever-loving laugh track will guffaw no more.

I didn’t expect the news to hit me with such a deep impact. But the departure of the show, starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs as diner waitresses, has left me reeling. No more breast-centric gags and cockamamie foreign accents? Now what bad comedy can I kick around with abandon and name as a handy symbol of the worst of network TV comedy? What title can I use to signify all the many qualities of a thoroughly banal show without having to detail them each time? A critic needs a punching bag, you know.

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I guess that eventually I’ll come up with something. “Man With a Plan,” how YOU doin’?

One of the most disappointing aspects of “2 Broke Girls” was the fact that it was co-created by Michael Patrick King, whose resume also includes “The Comeback,” one of the great TV comedies. Additionally, on “The Comeback,” the show-within-the-show was a ruthless satire of bad multi-camera comedies that wasn’t too different from “2 Broke Girls.” Did King not notice that?

Anyhow, I just wanted to say a proper farewell to this brightly lit pop cultural nightmare, an idiotic vision of sound and fury signifying mediocrity. You served me well.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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