It’s Over for ‘Ben and Kate,’ Production Shut Down

by | January 28, 2013 at 11:35 AM | Ben and Kate

Dakota Johnson, Nat Faxon and Maggie Elizabeth Jones of 'Ben and Kate' (Photo: Fox)

UPDATE: If it wasn’t officially cancelled before, it is now. Production has been shut down on the Fox sitcom “Ben and Kate,” which was pulled last week from the network’s prime-time schedule.

Friday was the last day of filming, Deadline has reported, and the sagging sitcom will no longer complete its 19-episode order, as the network previously indicated.

It’s unknown if the remaining two episodes in the can will ever air.

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Looks like we have another casualty from the fall season. Fox has pulled the freshman sitcom “Ben and Kate” from its schedule effective immediately and will remain out of the network’s prime-time line-up indefinitely (generally, that means it’s cancelled).

Double episodes of “Raising Hope” will plug the hole Tuesdays at 8:30 through February Sweeps until the season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen” on March 12. Gordon Ramsay’s old reliable, now in its 11th season, will now air on Tuesdays at 8/7c moving forward, leading into “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project.” “Raising Hope” will then wrap its third season on with an hourlong finale on March 28 following “American Idol.”

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“Ben and Kate” has aired 13 episodes so far and is currently filming episode 15 of its 19-episode order, which it will complete, according to Deadline. The network says the remaining episodes will air at a later date yet to be determined.

Despite receiving mostly positive reviews, the “charming” “Ben and Kate,” which stars Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson (Don and Melanie’s daughter), was the lowest-rated sitcom of Fox’s Tuesday night comedy block, and in its last airing this Tuesday drew just 2.6 million viewers.

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