'Ben and Kate' canceled? Fox takes its show off Tuesdays(Read article summary)
'Ben and Kate' may not be officially canceled, but Fox has taken the freshman comedy off its schedule for the time being. 'Ben and Kate' is likely to end the year by being canceled officially.
Is the Fox freshman comedy ‚ÄúBen and Kate‚ÄĚ gone for good?
The network announced that it‚Äôs taking ‚ÄúBen‚ÄĚ off its schedule for Tuesday nights and will be subbing in repeat episodes of another Fox comedy, ‚ÄúRaising Hope,‚ÄĚ in the slot formerly occupied by ‚ÄúBen.‚ÄĚ
There are six episodes that were filmed of the show‚Äôs first season that haven‚Äôt aired yet, and Fox reportedly said the remaining episodes will find airtime at some point.
‚ÄúBen and Kate‚ÄĚ starred Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson as a relaxed brother and more practical sister who move in together so Ben can help take care of Kate‚Äôs young daughter.
Like another new Fox comedy on Tuesdays, ‚ÄúThe Mindy Project,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúBen‚ÄĚ has struggled in the ratings all year. ABC took its Tuesday comedy ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Trust the B---- in Apartment 23,‚ÄĚ which had similar problems with ratings, off its schedule yesterday.¬†As with ‚ÄúBen,‚ÄĚ ABC didn‚Äôt say ‚ÄúTrust‚ÄĚ was officially canceled ‚Äď this year, networks have often simply taken a show off its schedule, but not said outright that the comedy or drama is done.
As Entertainment Weekly writer James Hibberd pointed out, the time slot was a good one and Fox gave the comedy all possible support.
‚ÄúGiven Ben and Kate‚Äės ratings, the move wasn‚Äôt a surprise (if anything, some were shocked the show received an order for additional episodes last fall),‚ÄĚ Hibberd wrote. ‚ÄúThis isn‚Äôt one of those decisions where you say, ‚ÄėThe network didn‚Äôt give it a chance.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Tuesday‚Äôs comedy lineup across the networks is looking shaky, said New York Times writer Bill Carter.
‚ÄúComedy on Tuesday appears to be nearing complete rejection,‚ÄĚ he wrote. ‚ÄúNBC‚Äôs two new series, ‚ÄėGo On‚Äô and ‚ÄėThe New Normal,‚Äô both sank to new lows this week, even though Tuesday‚Äôs strongest network, CBS, was offering only repeats all night. Both new NBC comedies have had their ratings plunge since they were separated from the powerful lead-in of ‚ÄėThe Voice.‚Äô Their once-secure status as shows set to survive the season could now be threatened.‚ÄĚ¬†
While not all of these shows have publicly gotten the axe, new shows that debuted this fall that have either been officially canceled or been taken off their network‚Äôs schedule include ‚Äú666 Park Avenue,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúLast Resort,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúPartners,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúMade in Jersey,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe Mob Doctor,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúAnimal Practice,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúEmily Owens, M.D.‚ÄĚ (The fall season was especially hard on medical shows.)