Fox Fall Schedule: Five Shows Canceled, Two Added

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Even before it presents its official 2011-2012 schedule next week, Fox has made it clear there won't be a lot of room on its upcoming calendar. The network committed months ago to new programs The X-Factor and Terra Nova.

Therefore, it didn't come as a major surprise last night when five shows were axed. With apologies to fans of the following, the canceled series are:

  • Human Target
  • Breaking In
  • Traffic Light
  • Lie to Me
  • The Chicago Code
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Fox also picked up a pair of highly-anticipated dramas. They are:

  1. Alcatraz: Produced by J.J. Abrams, starring Jorge Garcia.
  2. The Finder: A Bones spin-off, featuring Geoff Stults as a former military policeman, aired as a back-door pilot last month.

Fox will announce its complete schedule on Monday, May 16.

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I'm very disappointed to here the cancelling of chicago code. It's got to be one of the best shows fox has put out in a long time. I really hope you reconsider. I would gladly sacrifice Sunday night cartoon hour for real tv.


Really disappointed to read that Lie To Me and Chicago Code are not returning! I love those shows!!! For me, they are two of the top shows on TV. They both have a GREAT CAST and excellent stories. Very sad to read about this!!! :-(


I have never been so surprised and upset at reading something on the computer. 4 of the 5 shows that were cancelled were my favorite shows. Not just on Fox but of all shows. Traffic light was one of the grreatest sitcoms to me as it mirrored one of the greatest sitcoms ever in Seinfeld. Chicago code was actually a great cop show when there are so many watered down versions. Breaking in and Human target were both funny and exciting. You have really made some bad decisions on this one and I gaurantee you will lose many, many viewers.


My family loved Lie to Me and Human Target. They were shows that we watched faithfully. They needed a better time slot. I am so sad they won't be there next year.


Chicago code is one of the best shows on tv. Its a shame it was put on next to DWTS. Give this show a chance, it's well done. Human target & Lie to me are also good shows.


Human Target, Breaking In, Lie to Me, The Chicago Code are like my favorite shows so F*CK YOU FOX!


I think House is one of the best shows Fox has ever had. I have not missed an episode since the first show. All of my friends and family watch house. I have only seen a couple people in all the blogs who don't like house. It has to be getting good ratings to stay on the air. If you don't like certain shows you don't have too bash them just because your show is cancelled. I don't like Bones. I watched maybe 4 episodes and could never get into it. I know a lot of people like it though. I know they will eventually cancel my favorite FOX program, but I will continue to watch every episode until that time. Thank you FOX


I think FOX is making a mistake in cancelling Chicago Code. It was just getting started. I don't even watch TV and I got hooked.


I don't like House either, but I don't go around insulting the show, FOX, or its viewers. If they like it, good for them. It doesn't bother me, and it doesn't bother me that they keep airing it.


I'll never watch Fox again as I loved Human Target and made sure I watched it even if it was up against a show on another network that I liked. Unfortunately, I thought it would be cancelled as the final show ended like a finale for the series. Sorry to say I won't be watching any of the new shows Fox is adding to their lineup. DOWN WITH FOX FOR CANCELLING A LOT OF GREAT SHOWS. Guess I'll have to go back to NBC and ABC now.