[12/09/05 - 12:00 AM]
FOX Closes 'Kitchen Confidential,' Doubles Up 'Arrested'
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- FOX has aired its last serving of "Kitchen Confidential," scheduling updates from the network confirmed this morning.

Repeats of "Arrested Development" will fill the 8:30/7:30c half-hour beginning next week with "Key Decisions" on December 12, "My Hand to God" on December 19 and "Afternoon Delight" on December 26.

A paltry 3.38 million viewers tuned into the show's return this past Monday according to preliminary fast national numbers from Nielsen Media Research. Said numbers fell short of a repeat of the WB's "7th Heaven" (3.86 million), dropping FOX to fifth place in the half-hour - all despite repeats on ABC, CBS, NBC and UPN as well.

FOX had previously indicated it would not order any additional episodes of "Kitchen" beyond its initial 13-episode commitment (read the story), with "Skating With Celebrities" set to take over the Monday, 8:00/7:00c hour beginning January 23 (read the story).

In total just four of the 13 produced episodes of the series have aired, leaving nine installments on the shelf.

Darren Star, Dave Hemingson, Jim Rosenthal and David Knoller were the executive producers of the series, a co-production of 20th Century Fox Television, New Line Television and Darren Star Productions.

  [december 2005]  


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