For fans of "The Fabulous Beekman Boys," yesterday's exclusive interview with Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge came with an answer they've been waiting months to learn. And no, it wasn't the right one.
According to USA Today, Planet Green has canceled the series. The network cited low ratings, but as Brent Ridge pointed out on Facebook, "FBB" was actually still perfectly healthy. "Though we were their #1 original series, the network itself was too low rated to survive. Discovery's CEO has indicated that the network won't continue. Stay tuned tho..."
Ah yes, the giant albatross around any great series is a failing network — and since January, I've been keeping my own Planet Green death watch. Back then, parent company Discovery Communications indicated that PG was not doing so well and could potentially be scrapped. Said one spokeswoman: “We’re going to be taking a look at all our properties, take a look at rebranding, and we’re going to be asking: ‘Is this the best house we can build on this beachfront real estate?’”
So yes, it's very possible that Planet Green might just be shuffling off this mortal coil and cutting the series early in anticipation. As the USA Today article says, "negotiations are ongoing for another network to pick it up, possibly the Cooking Channel."
The Cooking Channel might actually make a lot of sense: mix one part solid viewership with one part reality series centered around farming and recipes (plus a dash of sass) and you've got a delicious winner.
Regardless of television, Josh and Brent appear on a solid trajectory for expanding their Beekman 1802 empire of handmade, artisanal products. According to the interview, Williams-Sonoma is interested in carrying "Beekman" gardening tools and their new heirloom cookbook has been scoring solid reviews.
"We wanted a book that would focus on heirloom quality," Ridge says. "We divided it up by seasons. There are certain things you only make in autumn. It's all about working with what you have."
Expect an announcement on a potential new home for "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" sometime soon. What network would you like to see them on?