FOX: Breaking In Canceled Yet Again…

FOX has pulled Breaking In from its schedule, once again.  It was supposed to come back on April 24th to follow new epsiodes of New Girl, but now that slot will be filled with New Girl reruns, instead.

We aren’t surprised by this at all.  Although Breaking In holds the distinction of being only the second show in history to survive two cancellations, don’t expect lightning to strike a third time.  Breaking In is not the same show that it was when we reviewed it last year and the addition of Megan Mullally has not helped attract new viewers at all.  We watched a couple of episodes and then had to remove it from the DVR stable because it just wasn’t funny any more.

Sorry, better luck next time.

March Madness Begins! New Show Premieres And Returning Favorites For Spring (Awake, Touch, Community, More…)

We’re doing something a little different this time because it’s been a couple of months since our last programming update and there have been some changes since then announced so it just doesn’t make sense for us to keep updating a piece we did back in January.

So here’s a complete list (at least as complete as we can get, currently) of all the new and returning shows coming in March and April.

Thursday March 1st

NBC     10:00 p.m.     Awake     YES! – STAFF PICK

Awake simply has so much going for it.  It stars Jason Isaacs who we think is great in everything he does plus it’s a compelling detective drama with a SciFi, metaphysical twist and it’s one of those shows like Lost where audiences will already be invested in it before they even realize it’s a SciFi show.  We have seen the pilot already and are very excited for this show.  We hope NBC is smart enough to promote the crap out of it, because if they don’t, it’s going to disappear as quickly as it premieres.

Below is the extended trailer, if you want to see the entire pilot episode ahead of the premiere click here!

Sunday March 4th

A&E     10:00 p.m.     Breakout Kings     YES!

We loved this better-than-average unique procedural when it aired last spring and if the damned DVR hadn’t crapped out, we would have seen more than the first four episodes. The upside is that it’ll be on Netflix streaming soon and the discs will be available in March 13th.  Great show, has a bit of an arc to it, but if that’s not your thing you won’t have to worry about getting lost if you miss an a episode here and there.

ABC     10:00 p.m.     GCB     NO!

FKA, Good Christian Bitches, FKA Good Christian Belles, all we can say is way-to-go in “let’s-alienate-78%-of-our-audience-before-a-single-episode-has-aired-with-the-title-alone” department, ABC.  Despite this, however, just watch the trailer to figure out on your own what a total sh*tfest this is going to be.  That combined with the fact that it’s an idiotic soap that’s trying to clone Desperate Housewives in order to pick up the mantle after it ends this Spring, provides a compelling enough reason for us to never watch it.  That being said, we’re sure it’s going to be massive a hit for that crowd.

Tuesday March 6th

Breaking In     9:30 p.m.     YES! – STAFF PICK

Against all odds, Breaking In has done what only one other show in the history of television has done: it was renewed after being canceled, not once, but twice.  If history has shown us anything, maybe that’s a good spot to be in considering that the only other show to hold that distinction is Family Guy.  We absolutely loved Breaking In (our favorite new comedy of last season) when it came out last Spring and after it was cancelled in May and rumors immediately started flying that FOX was looking for a way to work something out with Sony to bring it back, we predicted that the rumors were probably true and that it probably would happen despite what many of the other outlets claimed.  Of course, we were right and it looks as if FOX is reading our blog because they permanently moved Breaking In to the bottom of the hour slot post-Raising Hope instead of the top of the hour post-Idol.  With Will and Grace‘s Megan Mullally joining the regular cast, let’s hope it can keep the ratings up and get picked up for a third season.

Thursday March 15th

ABC     8:00 p.m.     Missing     YES!

Mixed emotions on this.  Spies, non-stop action, Ashley Judd… what’s not to love, right? We thought so, too, but then we noticed the timeslot and we’re slightly concerned over the description of the plot and it’s very clichéd nature.  The timeslot is an issue because at 8:00 p.m., you can expect a very watered-down show.  Still looks great, though.

NBC     8:00 p.m.     Community     YES!

Community finally comes back for another semester to the delight of fans everywhere. We knew it would, but nobody seemed to believe us.  The question is whether or not it will survive and get picked up again for next year.  We certainly hope so.

 

Monday March 19th

FOX     9:00 p.m.     Touch     YES! – STAFF PICK

The Tastic says: Kiefer Sutherland returns to television with Danny Glover in this fantastic looking, high-concept, SciFi drama from Tim Kring, the creator of Heroes.  If you saw the pilot on January 25th, we don’t need to tell you how good this show is.  We are predicting that this will be the best new show of the 2011 – 2012 season… yes, even better than Showtime’s Homeland.

Sunday March 25th

AMC     9:00 p.m.     Mad Men     YES!

After an obnoxiously long hiatus reminiscent of The Sopranos, the 1960’s throwback period-piece that put AMC on the map as a player in the dramatic television game is back for its fifth season.  If you haven’t done it already, you can still catch up with the first four seasons on Netflix streaming.

Sunday April 1st

AMC     10:00 p.m.     The Killing     YES! – STAFF PICK

AMC doubles-down on their hit The Killing, a show that either you got or you didn’t.  We did and appropriately gave it a rare perfect score for its first season, especially, and not in spite of the twist-ending in the season finale.  For all of the haters out there that are still pissed because they didn’t wrap up the season in the nice and tidy, vanilla, generic and clichéd way that you expected them to because you’ve been so numbed by bad American police procedurals, don’t worry, the producers have assured us that Rosie Larsen’s murderer will be revealed this season …you big babies.

Oh, Yeah… We Forgot To Tell You: Breaking In UNCANCELED By Fox, Picked Up For Second Season In 2012

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.