Fox Pulls ‘Ben and Kate’ from the Schedule
Fox just put its critically-acclaimed freshman sitcom Ben and Kate on hold and is ditching the idea of a Tuesday night comedy block. New Girl and The Mindy Project will continue to air at 9pm and 9:30 Tuesday, and Fox will be doubling up on Raising Hope, airing two new episodes in the 8pm hour until Hell’s Kitchen takes over the timeslot on March 12, ending the network’s latest stab at a two-hour live-action comedy block. It’s really a shame to see Fox removing Ben and Kate, which I recently called “TV’s Best New Sitcom,” from the schedule because it’s grown into a funny and tight show that has found its footing faster than most of the season’s other new comedies. The show’s ratings haven’t matched its quality or the level of acclaim it’s received from critics, but Ben and Kate is certainly a show with a lot of potential and one that Fox shouldn’t just give up on. The news comes just a day after ABC pulled its low-rated but critically-praised comedy Don’t Trust the B from its schedule, with star James Van Der Beek saying the move means the show has “basically been canceled.” According to Deadline, Ben and Kate is currently filming episode 15 of its 18 episode order, which the cast and crew will finish. No word yet on when the three remaining filmed episodes will air, but hopefully Fox will find a spot for the show elsewhere on its schedule instead of sending it the way of so many unjustly-canceled, critically-acclaimed Fox shows.