Fox Announces 2011-2012 Midseason Premiere Dates for TOUCH, ALCATRAZ, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and More

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Midseason is just around the corner, and now Fox is chiming in with their premiere dates for new and returning series. First of all, let’s just get this out of the way, the reality competition giant American Idol will return for its eleventh season on Wednesday, January 18th and 8/7c and Thursday January 19th at the same time.

Now let’s get on with the real series starting with Kiefer Sutherland’s return to Fox with Touch from Heroes creator Tim Kring debuting on Wednesday, January 25th at 9/8c. That’s a prime slot right after an airing of American Idol too. However, the series run won’t actually start until Monday, March 19th at 9/8c. For more premiere dates and times for shows like Alcatraz, Breaking In, The Finder, Napoleon Dynamite and returning shows like New Girl and Glee, hit the jump.

Fox Decides to Renew BREAKING IN after Cancellation and Snags New Pilot from Series Creator Adam F. Goldberg

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After the series got canceled back in May, news from the Television Critics Association Press Tour revealed that Fox had extended the option on the cast of Breaking In which meant the series still had the potential to come back from the dead. Now it seems like the impossible has happened as Deadline reports Fox has given a 13-episode midseason order to the series which has always been on the cusp of doom from when it almost didn’t get picked up, to its cancellation last year before it even finished its first season. Surely plenty of fans are rejoicing right now at this miraculous comeback. Ironically enough, the only other show to come back from the dead like this is Family Guy, another series which calls Fox home. This new deal also includes the pick-up of a new pilot from the series creator Adam F. Goldberg. Details on the new series after the jump.

Updates on GLEE, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, Seth MacFarlane’s COSMOS, TERRA NOVA, FRINGE, BONES, BREAKING IN, HOUSE and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for Fox, President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly took some time to talk about the focus of their returning series for the Fall season, the possibility of further seasons for a number of those shows, and the role that their new line-up will play, in determining the future of the network. Here are the most interesting points:

  • Season 3 of Glee will return its focus on the core characters and relationships, with three of the original cast graduating this season. There are not going to be any big guest stars this season, or tribute episodes.
  • There is no doubt that Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will be able to manage their time on both Glee and their new FX drama series American Horror Story.
  • Fox has made the unique decision to team up with Seth MacFarlane to produce  Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, a 13-part sequel to the Emmy-winning 1980 PBS docu-series from Carl Sagan.
  • The folks behind Terra Nova are right on track with where that show needs to be, in order to have the episodes ready for their air dates, and Fox believes they’ve got a real shot with the epic series.
  • Kevin Reilly is happy with where things are at with both Fringe and Bones, and hopes both of those series will be continuing with future seasons. And, although they are considering a Season 8 for House, even involved wants to be sure to go out on top creatively, so no decision has been made yet.
  • An option has been extended with the cast of Breaking In, so there is still some slim hope that that series could return, at some point.

Hit the jump for more of what he had to say:

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

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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.

Odette Annable Talks BREAKING IN at WonderCon

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With Fox’s new workplace comedy Breaking In premiering tonight after American Idol, the network brought most of the cast (Christian Slater, Bret Harrison, Odette Yustman and Alphonso McAuley) and executive producers Adam Goldberg (Fanboys) and Doug Robinson (Rules of Engagement) to WonderCon.  It’s about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme – and often questionable – measures to sell its protection services.

While the show was on my radar, after learning about an upcoming episode, I’m definitely tuning in.  So what sold me?  In the next few weeks they do a Comic-Con show where Contra Security (where they work) is hired to transport Goonies 2: The Legend of Sloth so it doesn’t get pirated.  Any show that works in a sequel to The Goonies has me.

Before the panel I got to speak with Annable about the show.  We talked WonderCon, what does she geek out over, the differences between working on a movie and a TV show, the premise of Breaking In and who she plays, upcoming guest stars, working with Christian Slater and how True Romance is her favorite movie, and a lot more.

Bret Harrison Talks BREAKING IN at WonderCon 2011

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With Fox’s new workplace comedy Breaking In premiering tomorrow night after American Idol, the network brought most of the cast (Christian Slater, Bret Harrison, Odette Yustman and Alphonso McAuley) and executive producers Adam Goldberg (Fanboys) and Doug Robinson (Rules of Engagement) to WonderCon.  It’s about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme – and often questionable – measures to sell its protection services.

While the show was on my radar, after learning about an upcoming episode, I’m definitely tuning in.  So what sold me?  In the next few weeks they do a Comic-Con show where Contra Security (where they work) is hired to transport Goonies 2: The Legend of Sloth so it doesn’t get pirated.  Any show that works in a sequel to The Goonies has me.

Before the panel I got to speak with Bret Harrison and we talked about karaoke, collecting DVDs, how he got involved in Breaking In and who he plays, WonderCon, what it’s like to get the post Idol timeslot, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.

Christian Slater Talks BREAKING IN, Reveals He’s a Toy Collector, and Tells Some Great Frank Sinatra & Billy Joel Stories at WonderCon

by     Posted 3 years, 16 days ago

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With Fox’s new workplace comedy Breaking In premiering this Wednesday after American Idol, the network brought most of the cast (Christian Slater, Bret Harrison, Odette Yustman and Alphonso McAuley) and executive producers Adam Goldberg (Fanboys) and Doug Robinson (Rules of Engagement) to WonderCon this weekend.  The show is about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme – and often questionable – measures to sell its protection services.

Growing up, I was a huge fan of Slater’s films like Heathers, True Romance and Pump Up the Volume, and when I found out I’d get to speak with him before the panel, I’ll admit to being very excited.  Thankfully, while some people disappoint you when you meet them, Slater is a kindred spirit as he’s a toy collector and fellow geek!  I had no idea.

During the interview he reveals what he likes to collect, tells some great stories about Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel, what’s his karaoke song, and, of course, we talked about his new show Breaking In.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Trailer for Fox Sitcom BREAKING IN

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Fox has released the first trailer for Breaking In, a new sitcom which stars Christian Slater, Bret Harrison, Odette Yustman, Alphonso McAuley, and Trevor Moore.  The series is set at Contra Security (“corporate America’s answer to The A-Team“), where the squad tests the security system of their clients by attempting to subvert it.

I have to admit, I only laughed at once, and it was a typographical joke from the promo department.  But there are some talented people involved.  Seth Gordon (The King of Kong) co-created the series with Adam F. Goldberg (Aliens in America), and Harrison has the potential to a great leading man on television with the right material.  Hopefully this is that material, and it just doesn’t cut down well. Watch the trailer after the break.

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