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'Ben and Kate’ officially cancelled, Fox stops production

By Daniel S Levine,

Earlier this week, Fox announced that the low-rated Tuesday comedy Ben and Kate would be pulled from its schedule but that the remaining episodes would air. On Friday, the network decided to officially cancel the show, shutting down production altogether.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 20th Century Fox Television produced series still had six episodes left to film to complete the 18-episode order. Three of those were finished and a fourth was in the middle of filming when the cast and crew got the word to stop.

Fox still says those three episodes will air, but would not say when.

On Wednesday, Fox made the decision to pull the show from its Tuesday schedule. This season, the network had a two-hour comedy block, with Raising Hope and New Girl joined by Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project. Both new shows have earned low ratings, but Ben and Kate’s were lower than Mindy’s. This week’s Ben and Kate earned just a 1.2 18-49 rating.

In its place, Fox will air new Raising Hope episodes through March. Hell’s Kitchen will get an early debut on March 15 and Raising Hope’s hour-long season finale will air on Thursday, March 28 after American Idol.

Tuesday comedies have struggled this season. ABC’s Don’t Trust The B--- In Apt. 23 has already been kicked off the schedule. NBC’s Go On and Guys With Kids have earned full seasons, but their ratings have dropped off dramatically since The Voice’s fall season ended.

image: Fox

 

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