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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 05/11/2011

Fox: So long ‘Breaking In,’ ‘Chicago Code.’ Hello Kiefer Sutherland, Zooey Deschanel


Lightman (Tim Roth, R) and Foster (Kelli Williams, L) on “Lie to Me.” (Greg Gayne - Fox)
If you are a fan of Fox’s:

* Tim Roth psycho-babble crime drama “Lie to Me”

* Mark Valley action drama ”Human Target”

* Jennifer Beals cop drama ”The Chicago Code”

you’re out of luck. The network has canceled all three.

Likewise, if you set your schedule around Christian Slater’s new Fox comedy “Breaking In,” or the rom-com “Traffic Light,” we have bad news: They’re dead too.


Teresa (Jennifer Beals, C) in “The Chicago Code.” (Jeffery Garland - Fox)
“Fox suits loved the show, but have a business to run,” “Chicago Code” creator Shawn Ryan tweeted early Wednesday, Washington time, about his show’s cancellation. “Only good news about #TheChicagoCode cancellation: Now I have time to guest star on the Season Finale of The Office with everyone else.”

Fox is scheduled to unveil its fall program plans to advertisers Monday in New York. But in advance of that presentation, producers of these aforementioned — like Ryan — shows had been waiting to hear whether they were going to be renewed, and just got the bad news.

Meanwhile, the network had already announced 2011-12 TV season renewals for “House,” “Glee,” ”Fringe,” “Bones,” and “Raising Hope,” along with animated series “The Simpsons,” “The Cleveland Show,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “Bob’s Burgers.”

And of course, “American Idol.”

With Simon Cowell’s singing competition “X Factor” expected to gobble up two or three hours on Fox’s already smaller fall primetime lineup (Fox, unlike ABC, CBS and NBC, does not program the 10 o’clock hour), and Steven Spielberg’s much delayed dino-drama “Terra Nova” expected to finally crawl on to the network’s slate in the fall, there may not be much room for too many new series.

Even so, word on the street is that the network has given the go ahead for:

*A new drama from JJ Abrams (“Lost,” “Fringe”) called “Alcatraz,” in which people stuck on Alcatraz in the 60’s show up now-ish

*The return of Kiefer Sutherland as a single dad whose son can see the future.

*A CIA drama starring Ethan Hawke

*That “Bones” spin-off that you saw the test episode for on “Bones” a few weeks back, in which Geoff Stults plays a guy who finds people and stuff.

*A new sitcom starring Zooey Deschanel called “The New Girl” about a teacher who moves in with three slacker guys.

*A new comedy, “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” in which Jamie Pressley and Katie Finneran play moms who have raised mean girls.

By  |  09:17 AM ET, 05/11/2011

 
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