'Ben and Kate' canceled? FOX pulls comedy series off schedule - for now
FOX's new comedy series "Ben and Kate" has been pulled off the network's schedule -- for now.
Ratings for the show, which airs on Tuesdays, have fallen since it debuted in September to 4.21 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults between ages 18 and 49. An episode that aired on January 16 earned a 1.1 rating and was watched by about 2.2 million people, ranking second in its 8:30 p.m. time slot, behind NBC's "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" prank series.
According to a winter schedule released by FOX, "Ben and Kate" will not air through the next couple of months at least. However, the network added that new episodes of the show will be broadcast at a later date. So far, 13 episodes have aired. A FOX spokesperson had no immediate comment about how many more are left or when the series is expected to return.
"Ben and Kate" is an "Odd Couple"-like comedy about an overly responsible single mother, played by Dakota Johnson, and her older, zanier brother, portrayed by Nat Faxon.
"I'm heartbroken but will get back to being funny soon," series creator and writer Dana Fox said on Twitter. "Thank you to everyone who made this the best experience of my life!! #benandkate."
Fox, who had also penned the screenplays of the movies " The Wedding Date" and "What Happens in Vegas," based "Ben and Kate" on her own experiences with her older brother. She had given birth to a child during the production process.
"Thanks to all who loved #BenandKate. So proud of @inthehenhouse. She ran a show and had a baby at the same time. #highdegreeofdiffficultykid," cast member Quinn Emmett Tweeted, referring to Fox.
"My network and I just broke up. She is a great girl, and I'm glad she gave us a shot as long as she did. I'll miss you. #fox #benandkate," cast member Echo Kellum added.
Starting on Tuesday, January 29, an extra episode of the network's comedy "Raising Hope," which is on its third season, will air in place of "Ben and Kate." Until now, one half-hour episode aired at 8 p.m.
On February 12 and February 19, the comedy "New Girl" will air in the 8:30 p.m. time slot, while "Raising Hope" will be broadcast again at that time the following week, on February 26. That episode will feature guest star Jesse McCarthy, E! Online reported.
On Tuesday, March 5, FOX will air an episode of its most successful show, the hit series "American Idol," which is usually broadcast on Wednesdays and Thursdays, instead of "Ben and Kate." The following week, on Tuesday, March 12, a one-hour season 11 premiere of the cooking reality show "Hell's Kitchen" will air at 8 p.m.
DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APT. 23 ALSO PULLED
Another comedy was also recently taken off the air -- ABC's "Don't Trust The B---- in Apt. 23." The show, which is on its second season, stars "Dawson's Creek" alum James Van Der Beek as himself, the friend of a pair of mismatched female roommates -- a "good girl," played by Dreama Walker, and a crazy one, played by Kristen Ritter.
It is unclear if the network will air the remaining episodes and how many more are left.
"You've got to give ABC props for ever picking us up in the first place," Van Der Beek . "They took a shot at something original & edgy. I respect them for it."
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