Re: FOX benches "Ben and Kate," "Hell's Kitchen" returns in March

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Jan 25, 2013, 4:16:18 AM1/25/13
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On Jan 23, 12:25 pm, David <dimla...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/fox-comedy-ben-kate-pulled-network-ad...
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> Fox Comedy ‘Ben & Kate’ Pulled, Network Adds ‘Hell’s Kitchen To
> Tuesday Lineup
> By NELLIE ANDREEVA
>
> It’s the end of the road for Fox’s freshman comedy Ben And Kate, at
> least for the foreseeable future. Like with The Mob Doctor, Fox is not
> saying that the comedy has been cancelled, just pulled from the
> schedule indefinitely, which basically means cancelled. The series is
> currently filming Episode 15 of its 18-episode order, which it will
> complete. After a long ratings struggle, Fox also is ending the
> two-hour Tuesday comedy block, at least for now. On March 12, reality
> staple Hell’s Kitchen will take over the Tuesday 8 PM hour, leading to
> New Girl and The Mindy Project. The network brass hope the move will
> give the two comedies a boost the way Glee helped New Girl and Raising
> Hope last season.
>
> Speaking of Raising Hope, starting next Tuesday, Fox will double pump
> originals of the comedy in the 8 PM hour until Hell’s Kitchen arrives
> in March. Raising Hope will wrap its third season with an hourlong
> finale behind American Idol on March 28. In light of the pending
> departure of creator/showrunner Greg Garcia, who has two pilots in
> contention at CBS, the show’s long-term prospects are unclear, though
> the blue-collar comedy has been consistently funny and a solid ratings
> performer.
>
> Launching to mostly positive reviews, Ben And Kate has been the
> weakest link in Fox’s new two-hour Tuesday comedy block, regularly
> drawing the lowest ratings. Last night, it averaged a 1.2/3 in adults
> 18-49, which was actually up 9% from last week. Its lead-in retention,
> 71%, actually mirrors that of fellow freshman The Mindy Project, which
> has been propped up by a stronger lead-in from New Girl, posting a
> 1.5/4 last night at 9:30 PM. Ben And Kate has undergone major changes
> in front and behind the camera since the pilot stage. Dakota Johnson
> replaced original lead Abby Elliott before the pilot was shot. Then
> last fall, during production on the series, the comedy changed
> showrunners, with John Quaintance and David Feeney replacing Garrett
> Donovan and Neil Goldman as co-showrunners alongside creator/executive
> producer Dana Fox. Here are Fox’s scheduling changes in detail:
>
> Tuesday, Jan. 29
>
> 8:00-9:00 PM              RAISING HOPE (Special One-Hour Episode)
> 9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL
> 9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT
>
> Tuesday, Feb. 5
>
> 8:00-9:00 PM              RAISING HOPE (Special One-Hour Episode)
> 9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL
> 9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT
>
> Tuesday, Feb. 12
>
> 8:00-8:30 PM              RAISING HOPE (encore)
> 8:30-9:00 PM              NEW GIRL (encore)
> 9:00-10:30 PM            STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
>
> Tuesday, Feb. 19
>
> 8:00-8:30 PM              RAISING HOPE
> 8:30-9:00 PM              NEW GIRL (encore)
> 9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL
> 9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT
>
> Tuesday, Feb. 26
>
> 8:00-9:00 PM              RAISING HOPE (Special One-Hour Episode)
> 9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL
> 9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT
>
> Tuesday, March 5
>
> 8:00-10:00 PM            AMERICAN IDOL (Live Episode; Special Night)
>
> Tuesdays, beginning March 12
>
> 8:00-9:00 PM              HELL’S KITCHEN (Season Premiere)
> 9:00-9:30 PM              NEW GIRL
> 9:30-10:00 PM            THE MINDY PROJECT
>
> Thursday, March 28
>
> 8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICAN IDOL (Live Results Show)
> 9:00-10:00 PM            RAISING HOPE (One-Hour Season Finale)

Why did Fox's Tuesday sitcom block fail?:
http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/fox-pulls-ben-and-kate-scraps-four-sitcom-tuesday-bloc-in-favor-of-hells-kitchen

With "Ben and Kate's" cancellation, Fox is hoping "Hell's Kitchen" can
help out "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project."

Obveeus

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Jan 25, 2013, 9:27:25 AM1/25/13
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"TMC" <tmc...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Why did Fox's Tuesday sitcom block fail?:

The first two sitcoms weren't very good? Sure, Ben & Kate made a cute
couple, but you just knew that it wouldn't work out for them even though
they had a kid. ;-)

The biggest problem for Tuesday sitcoms, though, is that 3 different
networks decided to go head-to-head with sitcoms in an attempt to destroy
each other.


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