FOX Pulls 'Ben and Kate,' Schedules Return of 'Hell's Kitchen'
FOX Pulls 'Ben and Kate,' Schedules Return of 'Hell's Kitchen'
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Tuesday nights are going to be a bit confusing for TV fans in the next couple of weeks. Following ABC's decision to pull Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 from the schedule and replace it with double helpings of Happy Endings, FOX is doing the same thing with Ben and Kate and Raising Hope.

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Effective immediately, the freshman comedy Ben and Kate is being taken off the air with no update on when the remaining episodes might air. Instead, 8:30pm will be replaced with new episodes of Raising Hope.

Raising Hope will air back-to-back episodes from 8-9pm on Tuesday, January 29, February 5 and February 26. February 12 will feature reruns due to the State of the Union Address while February 19 will feature a new Raising Hope at 8pm and a repeat of New Girl at 8:30pm.

In an even more confusing move, Raising Hope will go on a one-month break following February 26 before moving to Thursday, March 28 for the one-hour season finale at 9pm following an American Idol results show.

Tuesday nights will serve as home to the latest season of Hell's Kitchen starting March 12 at 8pm. Oddly (or perhaps on purpose), it will compete against the season finale of ABC's new cooking competition, The Taste.

Meanwhile, New Girl and The Mindy Project will remain where they currently are.

There are plenty of questions left unanswered by these extensive schedule changes on Tuesday nights.

-When will Ben and Kate air again, and does this mean the show is basically canceled?

-Why would they have a one-month hiatus between the penultimate episode of Raising Hope and the season finale, and why move it to Thursdays? Is giving the show a post-Idol spot a sign of faith?

-FOX was so bitter about NBC scheduling The Voice against The X Factor during premiere week, so isn't it hypocritical to move up the premiere of Hell's Kitchen to air opposite The Taste?

To help you understand how it will work, here's a rundown of FOX's ever-changing Tuesday night schedule

JANUARY 29
8pm: Raising Hope (new)
8:30pm: Raising Hope (new)
9pm: New Girl (new)
9:30pm: The Mindy Project (new)

FEBRUARY 5
8pm: Raising Hope (new)
8:30pm: Raising Hope (new)
9pm: New Girl (new)
9:30pm: The Mindy Project (new)

FEBRUARY 12
8pm: Raising Hope (repeat)
8:30pm: New Girl (repeat)
9pm: State of the Union Address

FEBRUARY 19
8pm: Raising Hope (new)
8:30pm: New Girl (repeat)
9pm: New Girl (new)
9:30pm: The Mindy Project (new)

FEBRUARY 26
8pm: Raising Hope (new)
8:30pm: Raising Hope (new)
9pm: New Girl (new)
9:30pm: The Mindy Project (new)

MARCH 5
8pm: American Idol (Top 10 Guys Perform)

MARCH 12
8pm: Hell's Kitchen (season 11 premiere)
9pm: New Girl (new)
9:30pm: The Mindy Project (new)


Then, at least in theory, the schedule will remain like that for the rest of the spring.


(Image courtesy of FOX)

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