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'Ben and Kate' canceled
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.”
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.