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Fox Makes Changes to its Summer Schedule

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 9th 2011 6:00AM
Gordon RamsayGordon Ramsay fans will be delighted to know that soon they'll be getting back-to-back doses of the potty-mouthed British chef, Monday nights on Fox. And antiques fans can set a date with the Keno twins for the launch of their new show.

Following disappointing ratings for the Season 2 premiere of 'MasterChef' earlier this week, Fox execs have tweaked the summer schedule to give the cooking show a boost. It will now air before ratings powerhouse 'Hell's Kitchen,' which returns for its ninth season in July.

According to Deadline.com, Fox had originally planned to air 'MasterChef' Mondays and Tuesdays at 8PM ET, an hour earlier than last summer. But, after ratings plummeted a whopping 33 percent on Monday, and went up only 10 percent the following night, Fox is moving the series to the 9PM ET slot, which is where it aired last year behind 'Hell's Kitchen.'

The move on Monday will be made right away, with a 'MasterChef' rerun airing Monday June 13 at 8PM ET, leading into a new episode at 9PM ET. Come July, Fox hopes that 'Hell's Kitchen' viewers will stay with the network for a second helping of Ramsay.

The network has placed a lot of faith in Ramsay's ability to attract large audiences, and it renewed 'Hell's Kitchen' for two more seasons back in February. Summing up the attraction of the show, executive producer Arthur Smith said, "The thing about 'Hell's Kitchen' is you can put it anywhere -- spring, summer, fall, opposite 'Modern Family' and 'Survivor.' ... It's very satisfying to see what people think of a food show is that broad-based."

Fox also has announced a premiere date for the recently ordered 'Buried Treasure':
Starting on Aug. 24, it will air Wednesdays at 8PM ET. The antiques-hunting reality show follows twin brothers Leigh and Leslie Keno of 'Antiques Roadshow' fame as they help people investigate and appraise personal effects, which may or may not be worth millions of dollars.

'Hell's Kitchen' Season 9 premieres Monday, July 18 at 8PM ET on Fox.

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Dear Catherine, Gordon Ramsay isn't British. He's Scottish.

June 10 2011 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to suscoup's comment

LOL, someone needs to go back to geography class or even a short history lesson would do as Scotland has been part of Great Britain (the United Kingdom if you will) since 1707 and it won't be changing any time soon.

June 11 2011 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

my DVR missed the recording. it's a conspiracy!! :-p

June 09 2011 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris M

Thats because he's bastardized Masterchef. If it was anything like the Australian version, it would actually be a good show. Or even the British version for that matter. That, and if they'd actually choose people that can cook this year, as opposed to the first season where a good half of them couldn't do any basic cooking that was required.

June 09 2011 at 8:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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General Kenobi

That just didn't happen, but if you want to pretend it did, okay...

On a side note, does this indicate the Kenos are leaving Antiques Roadshow?

June 09 2011 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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