'Ben and Kate' Officially Canceled by FOX

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January 25th, 2013

FOX has officially canceled Ben And Kate. Wednesday FOX removed the struggling freshman comedy from its schedule. Today, per The Hollywood Reporter, filming ended. Sixteen of the eighteen episodes that were ordered have been shot. No word on whether the remaining unaired episodes will ever be shown.

 
  • terror

    i want to vomit with terror!!

  • seasic

    Out of every bad comedy this season on net-work tv, (they’re all bad) this was the better of the bunch…

  • BigBrotherFan

    @Oliver

    I agree with most of the show you talked of here

    Partners, Animal Practice, Guys With Kids, 1600 Penn, The Mindy Project, The Neighbors and Go On.

    HOWEVER, Guys With Kids, although isn’t going to win an emmy is fun. It’s a nice comedy and nothing offensive whatsoever. It’s not mind blowing but it doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as ANIMAL PRACTICE or THE NEIGHBORS. Same with GO ON. Not ground breaking but charming and nice all the same. The Mindy project isn’t half bad either.

    Malibu Country is down right awful too! another DUD this season typically REBA can get by with her motherly charm but she fails so bad here.

    1600 PENN one of the worst shows I have ever seen and THE NEIGHBORS is a pile of…YOU KNOW..How can people like that show? Partners was OKAY but Michael Urie’s character was the same old same old stereotype that networks love to produce. Brandon Rouths character was good, and although the show had MAJOR issues it was MUCH BETTER THAN THE NEW NORMAL..GOOD GRIEF!

    A specially bad year for COMEDY for all networks.

  • Cory

    “A fair amount of the criticism I heard was that it was lovely/nice, but not really that funny. That’s a problem for a network comedy.”

    Well they can speak for themselves then. I thought this show was absolutely hysterical week in and week out. I had to rewind this week’s episode multiple times because I was laughing too hard to hear the next dialogue exchange.

  • Ryan

    Not a shocker but it was a good show.

  • Ekras

    Another one bites the dust! – Go FOX! Maybe you’ll have the sense to replace with a quality Drama……

  • The Cool Max

    Not going to miss it. Cancel 1600 Penn next, please.

  • CrimTV

    @DW

    Raising Hope will not end this season, it’s in season 3, so it will at least have a season 4 for syndication!

  • Starship

    Way to continue alienating fans, at least the CW always lets the shows finish up their runs and wrap up story lines when they cancel them. CBS usually airs the remainder of the filmed episodes sooner or later, but FOX just sweeps shows under the rug and pretends they never happened. Guess this will go the way of I Hate My Teenage Daughter, and the rest of the episodes won’t air…

  • senor chang

    grrrrrr!

    this was my favorite comedy in three years, what a waste :(

  • jay_s

    Struggled thought the pilot so this was not sad news for me.

  • Dan

    I thought there was 19 episodes ordered, so I guess 16 episodes filmed, 3 unaired, here’s hoping that FOX will burn them off sometime.

  • DW

    oh my god , raising hope is in season three!!!. fox will still cancel it.

  • Leondre

    I didn’t like it.

  • Ultima

    @Oliver
    I bet an intended finale was written at episode 18, presuming cancellation, that was never filmed.

    Doubtful. Most shows in production are typically written as if they will get a season two.

  • Ultima

    @Starship
    Way to continue alienating fans

    :roll:

    Networks have been doing this for decades. Surely, if it actually had an impact on viewership, they would have figured it out by now…

  • Alan

    I wonder if they’ll cancel Mindy Project and Raising Hope too. Both suck too when it’s about ratings.

  • Ultima

    @Starship
    at least the CW always lets the shows finish up their runs and wrap up story lines when they cancel them

    The Beautiful Life says hi!

    CBS usually airs the remainder of the filmed episodes sooner or later

    The Bridge?

    but FOX just sweeps shows under the rug and pretends they never happened. Guess this will go the way of I Hate My Teenage Daughter, and the rest of the episodes won’t air…

    Oh wait, but since FOX did it with a show last year and that’s as far back as you can remember, they must be different and worse than the other networks!

    Boo FOX!!

  • Lisa

    I thought the pilot was awful. I didn’t laugh once and didn’t bother to watch again. Won’t miss the one a bit!

  • Dan

    @Alan – Very doubtful, it’s unlikely FOX would cancel 3 out of the 4 sitcoms. Especially this season, while Ben & Kate’s cancellation was inevitable (Most thought FOX would air all episodes then officially axe it in May). Here’s the case for Raising Hope and The Mindy Project.

    Raising Hope – Syndication. Thats it, FOX owns the show, and probably the reason they gave it a third season was so they could give it a fourth. Here’s a rule and TVbythenumbers knows this well. If a network owns a show and airs the show for 3 full seasons, the show will get a fourth no question. Even if the network doesnt own the show, (Like how FOX doesnt own Til Death or Fringe, or CBS doesnt own Rules of Engagement) the production company wil go to any length to get enough eps for syndication. 66 episodes and 3 full seasons of Raising Hope means the show will get a full 22 episode season next year, even if it lands on Fridays

    The Mindy Project – While the ratings are lower than FOX would hope, its unlikely that FOX would axe Mindy when B&K and Mob Doctor both flopped. Its possible but it seems likely that FOX will try to keep this one around. They have a god relationship with Mindy Kahling and they will probably give the show another chance. Another thing to note is that over the past couple of weeks, Mindy has beaten Apartment 23 and New Normal in 18-49 and has held on to New Girl pretty well. If it maintains that viewership than its ok for FOX. Even if FOX could do better that’s still a sign for renewal.

    With Ben & Kate’s obvious cancellation that we could see coming since October, both Raising Hope and Mindy Project have reasons for FOX to keep them. I could see FOX handing out early renewals to the trio despite the lower numbers.

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