Alicia confronts Kalinda, and Sarah Silverman guests as an adultery specialist
Shawn Ryan-produced cop drama one of several FOX series to get the axe Tuesday night
It's been a very busy night for FOX, which, according to various published reports, has already ordered several new shows for its fall schedule, including the JJ Abrams-produced "Alcatraz," the "Bones" spin-off "The Finder" and the Zooey Deschanel sitcom "The New Girl," while also deciding that "Human Target" and "Breaking In" won't be back on next year's schedule. Given all the action, and given that "The Chicago Code" was on the renewal bubble right along with "Human Target" and several other series, I thought I'd check in with that show's creator, Shawn Ryan, to see what he was hearing.
Ryan told me he had just heard from FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who told him the show was also canceled. (As in it won't be on next year's schedule; the final episodes will air.)
Jarek and Caleb look into the murder of a prominent gay citizen
What's coming back, and what's in trouble?
Upfront Week, when the five broadcast networks gather advertisers together for a big dog-and-pony show about their fall schedules for next season, is - like a lot of parts of the TV business (see also Nielsen ratings, sweeps, etc.) - a relic of an earlier era, when networks didn't program year-round, when there wasn't so much competition from cable, when DVRs and the Internet didn't allow people to make their own schedules, etc.
But Upfront Week (which begins on Monday with an NBC/FOX double-header) still exists, and even though many shows that in normal years would be on the bubble to return ("Cougar Town," "Community," "Raising Hope") were renewed weeks or months ago, there are still a number of notable shows whose fates are up in the air.
After the jump, I have a breakdown of the Big Four networks (I left the CW to Fienberg, who actually watches a bunch of their shows, to cover in his exhaustive, show-by-show Bubble Watch gallery) in terms of what shows are already renewed, what shows are near-locks to return, and then which of the bubble shows I think have a realistic shot to come back.
Max gets the band back together in a memorable episode
Ted and Zoey's relationship reaches a breaking point in a terrible episode
Chuck's torn between his mom and fiancee in a season four highlight
Dan and Alan look at shows on the bubble in advance of Upfront Week
It's Monday, which means it's time for a new Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I get ready for next week's upfront explosion by speculating about which bubble shows will return and which are in trouble. Plus, listener mail. The run-down:
We're back in formula territory as we pass the season's mid-point
The crime epidemic hits home, while Antoine's band takes shape