Fox network hasn't officially announced it's 2011-12 season, but news broke late Tuesday that "The Chicago Code" has been canceled. (UPDATE: Fox now has announced its Fall schedule.)
The show's creator, Shawn Ryan, told Alan Sepinwall that Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly gave him the news Tuesday. "Fox suits loved the show, but have a business to run," Ryan tweeted Tuesday. "Wow. Thanks for all the kind words everyone. We tried to make the best show we could and we thank those of you who watched it."
Fox went nuts with the ax, hacking away "Human Target," "Traffic Light," "Lie To Me" and "Breaking In" as well.
Losing "The Chicago Code" stings the most, however, seeing how I loved that show. It's Ryan's second excellent series, after FX's "Terriers," to not capture the attention of enough viewers. "Code" was filmed entirely in Chicago, and I'm going to miss running into co-star Matt Lauria when I accidentally come across a filming location. The acting from Lauria, Chicago native Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke and Delroy Lindo, among others, was top-notch.
I loved the mix of long story arcs with one episode stories, too, and seeing the city on TV. Like "Terriers," the mutli-episode storylines were challenging but so rewarding. It's a shame that more viewers don't agree, and didn't come to either series. Ohh, short attention spans, you'll ruin TV.
Fox, reports say, has picked up the "Bones" spin-off "The Finder," J.J. Abrams' series "Alcatraz" and the comedy "The New Girl."
"The Finder," from "Bones" creator Hart Hanson, stars Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan. It's based on Richard Greener's "The Locator" book series about a former military policeman whose brain damage makes him suspicious of everything or everyone, and apparently able to find anything or anyone.
The time-traveling crime drama "Alcatraz" is set at the infamous prison and follows an investigative team looking into mysterious reappearance of its 1960s inhabitants in the present. "Lost" actor Jorge Garcia stars.
Zooey Deschanel joins her sister and "Bones" star, Emily, on the Fox network in "The New Girl." She plays an elementary school teacher who is unlucky at love. She moves in with three guys (Jake M. Johnson, Max Greenfield and Damon Wayans Jr.) after splitting with her boyfriend.
Fox already has announced the pick-ups of "Fringe," "Glee," "Raising Hope," "House," "Family Guy," "The Cleveland Show," "American Dad," "Bob's Burgers" and "Mobbed." "The X-Factor" and and the long-delayed "Terra Nova" also will be on the schedule.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, things look good for the Mike O’Malley-Rachael Harris comedy "Family Album," the Jaime Pressly sitcom "I Hate My Teenage Daughter," Ethan Hawke's drama "Exit Strategy" and Kiefer Sutherland's "Touch." Fox will formally announced its schedule May 16.