Another announcement, announce casualty, as Fox has announced its decision to toss Ben & Kate and completely ditch its Tuesday comedy block that the network worked hard to promote. Apparently the comedy block never truly gelled the way the network had hoped.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has decided to kick Ben & Kate to the curb. In replace of the dead space, the network plans to run Raising Hope, and Hells Kitchen. The former show makes sense considering its a comedy, but Hells Kitchen is a reality show, and it will give the rest of the sitcoms like New Girl and The Mindy Project a horrible 9 o clock lead in.
However, none of that compares to the problematic Ben & Kate. At first the show received critical praise, but has now been cancelled by the network. No word on what series creator Dana Fox (What Happens in Vegas) thinks of this move by Fox, but we’re sure it’s not good.
Perhaps it was the whole comedy block structure that wound up hurting Ben & Kate. Even though it was well liked, the show failed to pull in the big numbers that hits like New Girl and The Mindy Project pulled in. In comparison it just looked like the weak, loose end that Fox had no problem with cutting off. Fox really can’t be blamed in cutting the show with it only scoring a 2.9 million viewers from week to week.
Fox Entertainment chair Kevin Reilly spoke about the affects Tuesday nights are going to have with Ben & Kate off the schedule. Speaking about the problem at hand at the TCA press tour, Reilly said: “Our shows weren’t rejected, they were never really sampled.”
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