<p>Delroy Lindo was terrific on &quot;The Chicago Code,&quot;&nbsp;but the show won't be coming back.</p>

Delroy Lindo was terrific on "The Chicago Code," but the show won't be coming back.

Credit: FOX

The morning after the FOX bubble bloodbath - what happened?

A lousy year for network rookies culminated in a five-cancellation night

I got the news from Shawn Ryan about FOX canceling "The Chicago Code" pretty late in the evening East Coast time, so I didn't have much time to process the larger massacre that was going on at the network last night, in which every bubble show FOX had left - not only "The Chicago Code," but "Human Target," "Lie to Me," "Breaking In" and "Traffic Light" - were all told their services wouldn't be required for next season.

On one level, the Tuesday night bubble bloodbath was surprising. FOX doesn't announce its fall schedule until Monday, and while some cancellations and pick-ups will leak in the days leading up to a network's upfront presentation, you don't usually hear about all of them (including a few other new series pick-ups) this far in advance. And while it's not uncommon to see a network pop most of its bubble shows, to get rid of all of them? Very strange.

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<p>Archie Panjabi on &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Archie Panjabi on "The Good Wife."

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'The Good Wife' - 'Getting Off': Cheaters

Alicia confronts Kalinda, and Sarah Silverman guests as an adultery specialist

A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I ask if it's okay for me to visit the kids...

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<p>Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals and Matt Lauria in &quot;The Chicago Code,&quot;&nbsp;which FOX declined to renew.</p>

Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals and Matt Lauria in "The Chicago Code," which FOX declined to renew.

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Exclusive: FOX cancels 'The Chicago Code'

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.)

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<p>Matt Lauria on &quot;The Chicago Code.&quot;</p>

Matt Lauria on "The Chicago Code."

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'The Chicago Code' - 'Black Sox': Batting for the home team

Jarek and Caleb look into the murder of a prominent gay citizen

A review of last night's "The Chicago Code" coming up just as soon as I help you put the white flag back in your pocket...

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<p>Will &quot;CSI:&nbsp;NY&quot;&nbsp;survive to next season's schedule?</p>

Will "CSI: NY" survive to next season's schedule?

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Bubble Watch 2011: What shows will be renewed?

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.

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<p>Dr. Hatteras (Eddie Izzard)&nbsp;is confronted by Buck (Toni Collette)&nbsp;on &quot;United States of Tara.&quot;</p>

Dr. Hatteras (Eddie Izzard) is confronted by Buck (Toni Collette) on "United States of Tara."

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'United States of Tara' - 'The Electrifying & Magnanimous Return of Beaverlamp': Max and his axe

Max gets the band back together in a memorable episode

A review of tonight's "United States of Tara" coming up just as soon as I veer from hipster rocker straight into disco homo...

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<p>One last go-around for Zoey (Jennifer Morrison)&nbsp;and Ted (Josh Radnor)&nbsp;on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

One last go-around for Zoey (Jennifer Morrison) and Ted (Josh Radnor) on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Landmarks': How I hate your Zoey

Ted and Zoey's relationship reaches a breaking point in a terrible episode

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I tell you what rhymes with "beck and call"...

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<p>Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski)&nbsp;and Mary (Linda Hamilton)&nbsp;have a disagreement on &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Mary (Linda Hamilton) have a disagreement on "Chuck."

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Last Details': Chuck Bartowski's day off

Chuck's torn between his mom and fiancee in a season four highlight

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I finally watch "Mannequin"...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 72: Upfronts preview and listener mail

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 72: Upfronts preview and listener mail

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: 

Upfronts Preview -- 00:40 - 42:00
Listener Mail: TV shows you like despite unappealing heroes -- 42:05 - 47:20
Listener Mail: Non-English-language programming -- 47:20 - 50:30  
Listener Mail: Shows with overlapping locations -- 50:33 - 55:25
Listener Mail: Chuck Bass' bad behavior on "Gossip Girl" -- 55:30 - 01:01:25
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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<p>&quot;The Killing&quot;&nbsp;cops Linden (Mireille Enos)&nbsp;and Holder (Joel Kinnaman).</p>

"The Killing" cops Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman).

Credit: AMC

'The Killing' - 'Vengeance': Fear of flying

We're back in formula territory as we pass the season's mid-point

A quick review of tonight's "The Killing" coming up just as soon as I use my commitment issues to mess up your career...

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