Fox is pulling Ben and Kate from its schedule. Yes, both of them!
The move comes after ABC blinked first, yesterday yanking its lowest-rated Tuesday comedy, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23., and doubling down on Happy Endings. Now Fox is shuffling its Tuesday comedy block, removing Ben and Kate and booking back-to-back episodes of Raising Hope starting next week.
Fox says the remaining Ben and Kate episodes will air at some point (there are six left). Given Ben and Kate‘s ratings, the move wasn’t a surprise (if anything, some were shocked the show received an order for additional episodes last fall). This isn’t one of those decisions where you say, “The network didn’t give it a chance.”
Doubling up on Hope through February will make room for the return of Hell’s Kitchen, which will launch March 12 at 8 p.m. and lead into New Girl and The Mindy Project. The network emphasized these changes should not be taken as a bad sign for Hope, noting they plan to give the comedy a one-hour season finale following American Idol on Thursday, March 28. READ FULL STORY »