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'Ben and Kate' canceled

Dakota Johnson portrays Kate and Nat Faxon plays

Dakota Johnson portrays Kate and Nat Faxon plays Ben in the sitcom “Ben and Kate." (Credit: Fox)

Fox has pulled “Ben and Kate” from its Tuesday lineup, and though final episodes will air at some later point, they will effectively be burned off. A shame really: “Ben & Kate” seemed to have it all at outset -- a very good cast, headed by Nat Faxon, Dakota Johnson (Don's daughter) and  whimsical Brit actress (with one of the best names in Hollywood) Lucy Punch.

The pilot was terrific . . . but no one turned up at the party. Ratings were bad from the get-go and didn't improve from there.

How talented was and is Faxon? Very: Gifted comic actor who won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay, with Jim Rash, for “The Descendants.” 

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Sure, this sort of thing happens in television but you always sort of hope it happens to BAD shows rather than good/promising ones. Why didn't Fox just move it? Maybe -- I'm guessing -- there was no other logical place to move it.

Meanwhile, “Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23" also got the hook Wednesday, and all lovers of quality network sitcoms are now worried about the fate of “Happy Endings.”

A double-up of “Raising Hope” will air in the “Ben and Kate” time-slot through February, and then “Hell's Kitchen” takes over.

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