FOX is sending Rake to Friday nights starting March 14th. The Greg Kinnear series has been doing very poorly in the ratings, despite having the network’s highest-rated show — American Idol — as a lead-in. Though the network hasn’t cancelled it, Rake is highly unlikely to return for a second season.
The 12th season of Hell’s Kitchen will start airing on March 13th at 8pm. Idol will shift to 9pm. Once Idol is cut down to a half-hour on March 27th, it will be paired with new sitcom Surviving Jack.
Here are the details from FOX:
GORDON RAMSAY RETURNS WITH SEASON 12 OF “HELL’S KITCHEN” AND “AMERICAN IDOL XIII” MOVES TO 9:00 PM THURSDAY, MARCH 13, ON FOX
“RAKE” Moves to Fridays at 8:00 PM, Beginning March 14
“SURVIVING JACK” to Air Thursdays at 9:30 PM, Beginning March 27
The competition heats up when Chef Gordon Ramsay returns with Season 12 of HELL’S KITCHEN, debuting Thursday, March 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, followed by the AMERICAN IDOL XIII results show (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), which moves to its new time period. In the Season Premiere of HELL’S KITCHEN, Chef Ramsay splits the latest batch of 20 aspiring restaurateurs into two teams, men vs. women, and asks them to present their signature dishes. The winning team gets treated to an exclusive dinner with Ramsay, while the losing team is left behind to scrub down the kitchen.
RAKE moves to Fridays, beginning March 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by all-new episodes of ENLISTED (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and RAISING HOPE (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Don’t miss an all-new episode of RAKE this Thursday, March 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), when Keegan (Greg Kinnear) defends an old friend (guest star Anthony Anderson) from his AA days.
Once the AMERICAN IDOL XIII results shows shift to half-hour episodes on Thursday, March 27 (9:00-9:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), SURVIVING JACK, the new comedy starring Emmy Award nominee Chris Meloni (“True Blood,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) as a man becoming a dad, while his son is becoming a man, will air at 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT.
HELL’S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Studios America in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions, Inc. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers. “Like” HELL’S KITCHEN on Facebook at facebook.com/HellsKitchen. Follow the series on Twitter @HellsKitchenFOX and join the discussion using #hellskitchen.
AMERICAN IDOL XIII is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. The series was created by Simon Fuller and is executive produced by Simon Fuller, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Trish Kinane, Per Blankens, Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager. Louis J. Horvitz is director and Rickey Minor is musical director. “Like” AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion using #idol. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @AmericanIdol. Download the AMERICAN IDOL app for iOS devices from the App StoreSM; and for Android devices at Google PlayTM Store.** Data rates may apply for app download and usage.
RAKE is produced by Fedora Entertainment and Essential Media & Entertainment Pty Ltd., in association with Sony Pictures Television. Based on the Australian television series created by Peter Duncan, Richard Roxburgh and Charles Waterstreet, the series is created and written by Duncan. The series is executive-produced by Duncan, Peter Tolan (“Rescue Me,” “Analyze This”), Michael Wimer (“2012”), Richard Roxburgh (“Rake,” “Mission: Impossible II,” “Moulin Rouge”) and Ian Collie (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Rake”). Greg Kinnear, Sara Goodman and George W. Perkins are co-executive producers. Sam Raimi (“Oz the Great and Powerful,” The “Spider-Man” franchise) directed and served as an executive producer on the pilot. “Like” RAKE on Facebook at facebook.com/RAKE. Follow the series on Twitter @RAKEonFOX and join the discussion using #rake. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @RAKEonFOX.
SURVIVING JACK is produced by Doozer in association with Warner Bros. Television. Based on best-selling author Justin Halpern’s book, “I Suck at Girls,” the series is co-created and written by Halpern (“$#*! My Dad Says”) and Patrick Schumacker (“$#*! My Dad Says”). The series is executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Bill Lawrence (“Spin City,” “Scrubs,” “Cougar Town”), Halpern, Schumacker and Jeff Ingold. Victor Nelli (“Scrubs,” “The Bernie Mac Show”) directed the pilot. “Like” SURVIVING JACK on Facebook at facebook.com/SurvivingJack. Follow the series on Twitter @SurvivingJack and join the discussion using #survivingjack. See photos and videos at Instagram by following @SurvivingJack.[EDITOR’S NOTE: KITCHEN NIGHTMARES will premiere later in the season.]
What do you think? Do you think Rake will be cancelled? Will you watch on Fridays? Do you plan on watching Hell’s Kitchen or Surviving Jack?