Fox Cancels THE CHICAGO CODE, HUMAN TARGET, BREAKING IN, TRAFFIC LIGHT, LIE TO ME; Picks Up BONES Spinoff THE FINDER and Two More Sitcoms

     May 10, 2011

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All the inside sources at Fox are very talkative tonight.  Earlier we reported the network ordered the Zooey Deschanel comedy pilot The New Girl and the J.J. Abrams drama Alcatraz to series.  THR hears the Bones spinoff The Finder — in which “a military-trained ‘finder’ (Geoff Stults) who helps locate lost items or persons in the Florida Keys” — was the next to be picked up.  Likewise, the sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter starring Jaime Pressley and Katie Finnerman is “a go.”  Fox is expected to retool the Mike O’Malley/Rachael Harris Family Album to be ready for midseason.

To make room for the new shows, Fox cancelled freshman series Breaking In, Traffic Light, The Chicago Code, and sophomore Human Target.  No surprise in the marginally-rated bunch.  I held out hope for The Chicago Code, easily the saddest loss for this writer.  However, Hitfix heard directly from Code creator Shawn Ryan (who got the word from network president Kevin Reilly) that the show is no more.  The good news: the two remaining episodes of season one will air.

[Update: Ryan is a wealth of information.  The former Lie to Me showrunner tweets, “Sounds like Lie To Me has been cancelled as well.”  TV By the Numbers confirms the procedural drama is cancelled after three seasons on the air.]

I imagine there will be mourning for geek-friendly properties Breaking In and Human Target.  If anyone will miss Traffic Light, I want to meet you.  Please speak up in the comments.

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