A few days after one of our favorite comedies of last year, Breaking In, was canceled in May, we reported to you that there was scuttlebutt regarding Fox negotiating with Sony Pictures TV to find a way to bring it back for a second season. Well, on August 25th, it became official and Breaking In became only the second show in television history to survive cancellation twice (the other was Family Guy… see the press release below for the Breaking In announcement). We knew about this at the time but, Hell, we had ceiling fans to hang and a whole bunch of other manly things to do around the new Casa De ‘Tastic that made this story a low-priority item in late August. Sorry.
We would like to take this time out to remind all of our readers that when we first did our initial assessment of the possibility of Breaking In rising from the dead, although we didn’t want to get anyone’s hopes up, we were one of the few outlets that took these reports seriously and not because we are fans of the show but because, in the words of Spock, logic dictated it:
From the piece:
As we noted, out of all the shows to be canceled after the House pick-up, we were most surprised that BI was canceled because it has been pretty successful for FOX with its American Idol lead-in. If FOX does change their mind, it would please us to no end because as great as both Human Target and The Chicago Code were (Lie To Me was a pretty mediocre and vanilla procedural), BI is not only a great show, but its numbers actually should qualify for it for renewal. To us, that’s equity.
In related news, FOX has also moved BI‘s season finale from its Wednesday night AI lead-out position on the schedule, to Tuesday night at 9:30, following Raising Hope. The naysayers will say that BI wasn’t doomed before the move, it certainly will be by losing its powerhouse, lead-in. We disagree for two reasons. The first being that BI is much more appropriately scheduled after a another comedy than it is post-Idol. The fact is that audiences are more likely to just leave a channel on after a thirty minute show that begins at the top of the hour and watch the lead-out if for no other reason than it’s easier to do and chances are the other networks are running one-hour shows opposite them. Changing channels at the bottom of the hour would more than likely cause the viewer to go into a show that’s already 30 minutes into it on another network.
More importantly, regardless of how BI performs during its season finale, the show is canceled at this point anyway so you can’t get any worse than canceled and taking that a step further any negotiations that FOX is engaged that may possibly change that status will not hinge on one episode and it’s kind of silly to think that it will.
So, we were dead-right and everyone else was wrong. Just sayin’, is all.
Via Press Release:
“BREAKING IN” SECURES SECOND SEASON ON FOX
FOX has renewed the comedy series BREAKING IN for a 13-episode second season to return to the network’s schedule in 2012, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
“BREAKING IN is a creatively vibrant and wildly adventurous comedy,” said Reilly. “We are looking forward to bringing it back for a second season and continuing our relationship with this incredibly talented cast and these fantastic creators – Adam Goldberg and Seth Gordon. We can’t wait to see where they take these characters next year.”
Created by Adam F. Goldberg (“Fanboys”) and Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses”), BREAKING IN is a workplace comedy about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme – and often questionable – measures to sell their protection services. The series centers on a team of uniquely skilled oddball geniuses hand-picked to work for OZ, a manipulative mastermind played by Christian Slater. The series also stars Bret Harrison, Alphonso McAuley and Odette Annable.
BREAKING IN is produced by Happy Madison Productions, Adam F. Goldberg Productions and Sethsquatch, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Goldberg, Gordon and Doug Robinson (“Rules of Engagement”) serve as executive producers.