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Rake remake ends US run with a whimper

The first season of the US remake of Rake will finish this weekend with no official decision about its future.

The last two episodes of the season will be bundled together and shifted to Saturday night on the Fox network.

The series had already moved from Thursday to Friday. A second move is almost certainly a confirmation that Fox will not renew the series for a second season.

Rake is based on the Australian series of the same name and stars Greg Kinnear as the maverick lawyer who is played in Australia by Richard Roxburgh.

The US Rake launched in January to an audience of just under 7 million viewers. It then slipped to about 3.45 million viewers and since moving to Friday has dipped to 1.9 million.

It was replaced in Fox's Thursday schedule by American Idol. It is being replaced in the Friday schedule by a repeat episode of Kit-chen Nightmares.

US networks usually renew their series ahead of the screening of new pilots in May but the Fox network has broken with that tradition this year, filming pilots out of season and renewing many hit series early.

One of US Rake's Australian stars, actress Bojana Novakovic, is filming a new series already, a crime drama titled Agatha about a prisoner who becomes a criminologist. The pilot is a "second position" offer for Novakovic, which means she can only remain in Agatha if Rake does not proceed.