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.