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FOX to Burn Off Final 'Rake' Episodes on Saturday


FOX to Burn Off Final 'Rake' Episodes on Saturday


The writing has been on the cancellation wall for midseason legal drama 'Rake' since it first fell below 1.0 back in February. The print got even clearer once FOX opted to move the show to Fridays in the middle of its run, all but holding up a big, flashing neon sign saying "this show is canceled." Today, the network has hired a skywriter to paint that message above Los Angeles.

Two episodes remain in 'Rake's 13-episode season, "Remembrance of Taxis Past" and "A Man's Best Friend." The first was scheduled to air this Friday, with the second airing next Friday. However, with the show spending the last few weeks at a meager 0.4 demo and drawing in an audience of less than two million viewers, FOX has decided that two more weeks of 'Rake' simply won't do.

Now, instead of airing over the next two Fridays, 'Rake' will burn off its final episodes this Saturday, in what is usually a primetime dead zone. This will replace FOX's normal Saturday lineup of random NASCAR races and UFC fights, mixed in with reruns of various drama series.

This week's Friday at 8 p.m. timeslot will now be filled by a replay of 'Kitchen Nightmares' 2013 finale, in anticipation for it premiering a new season next week. With 'Rake' no longer leading off, the 'Kitchen Nightmares' premiere will be extended to two hours.

'Rake's final episodes air Saturday, April 5 at 8/7c and 9/8c. FOX has yet to clarify whether the unaired sixth episode, titled "Mammophile," will ever see the light of day.

- Rake (US)

Written by: msd85
Apr 1st, 2014, 7:44 am

Images courtesy of FOX


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Since: 07/Apr/14
Message Posted On Apr 7th, 2014, 4:27 am

'tis a shame the ratings metrics continue to be well behind useful.  As more people rely upon usenet for quality caps instead of crappy DVR ratings plumb the depts of frippery

Kill more 'reality' tv to make way for more fantasy


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Message Posted On Apr 3rd, 2014, 5:23 pm

Why do the US Networks keep making second-rate copies rather than showing the originals - especially when the originals are in English anyway. It's very rare for the copy to do as well as or better than the originals (The Offfice maybe?) .  In fact the only good thing in this show is Bojana Novakovic (an Australian) - who has a new series (Agatha) already lined up as second-option if Rake fails - so that makes it good news if they cancel it. Meanwhile the AU original is about to finish its third series - the producers (one of whom is star Richard Roxburgh) have decided to end it and go out on a high.


Message Posted On Apr 3rd, 2014, 2:25 am
I loved the show and am so disappointed they are cancelling it. they should not have moved to Friday nites as no one is around that time. I loved Greg Kinnear. He is a natural talent.

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Since: 21/Mar/13
Message Posted On Apr 2nd, 2014, 5:30 am

I generally try to give new shows at least a 3 episode chance figuring that the characters and writers are going to have to settle in but with this one I could only make it through the second episode.

There was just something that was so unlikeable (to me) about the characters personality that I just had no interest in whether he lived or died. 

Zootie - Thanks for the tip on the Australian version. I'll check that out. That explains why this show probably didn't make it. With few exceptions, the US TV industry tends to borrow show ideas from other countries and then, to make the show unique, massage the concept so much that it loses what made it popular in the first place.

I've come across a couple of shows from Australia that I've become hooked on. Both are detective type period pieces - one set in the 1920's (I think) called Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and one from the 1950's called The Doctor Blake Mysteries.


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Message Posted On Apr 1st, 2014, 6:59 pm



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Message Posted On Apr 1st, 2014, 6:58 pm

Aye, it's better than good, zootie.


The US version led me to the AU one, and I immediately stopped watching the US one. After 4-5 episodes it became clear than they just misunderstood half of the concept, which is sadly more often the case than not when shows gets converted to American versions :/


The Aussie original is just fantastic though. Can't recommend it highly enough. It's such incredibly good fun watching it. So kudos AU! :)


Message Posted On Apr 1st, 2014, 12:45 pm
zootie , Aussie version is awesome. The series may have ended with this last season. Roxburgh shines as Cleaver Greene and is a pleasure to watch/listen to. Check out OFFSPRING another fine Australian offering. It's new season should start soon, seasons are reversed making this the Southern Autumn.

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Message Posted On Apr 1st, 2014, 12:17 pm

I guess I'll have to look for the AU version, see if it's any good.


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Message Posted On Apr 1st, 2014, 10:57 am

i'm with you Jane. I thought it was different and it was kinda nice to see a lawyer who is soooo screwed up instead of what you usually see on tv law shows!!


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Message Posted On Apr 1st, 2014, 9:45 am

I actually quite like the show.

Cant understand why it isnt more popular.

Go figure...........

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