So goes another J.J. Abrams show and the Bones spinoff. While Fox spared Fringe fans grief by giving them a baker’s dozen for a fifth and final season, Fox was not so kind with the supernatural procedural, Alcatraz. It was an average, but not spectacular show that simply took too long to get to the interesting part of its story. Had it launched on cable, maybe it would have survived but there are no major organized online campaigns fighting for Alcatraz because it simply wasn’t special enough. Fox’s Finder too got the pink slip and viewers had to see that coming once they got the reassigned to Friday nights. It was a brutal year for Fox’s freshman dramas. Terra Nova was also axed in the winter despite reasonable ratings. They weren’t high enough though for the network to justify it’s costs. Fox already admitted to losing money on Fringe and likely didn’t want to tread in the same water with others in the similar genres. Does this mean Fox is done with launching sci-fi series? It sure seems that way, for the fall anyway.
Without much fan fare, Breaking In and I Hate My Teenage Daughter were also sent home packing as they were unceremoniously replaced by reruns of Raising Hope and New Girl on Tuesday nights. Breaking In was pulled completely out of May sweeps (never a good sign) after just airing five episodes. Both shows were completely mismanaged from the beginning; Fox never knew where to place them or how much support to give. Let’s not forget that Breaking In was averaging around 7 million viewers before Fox decided to pull its Season One finale and then air it on a completely different day. That’s about as dumb as it gets.
Season 2 was just as harsh as fans failed to recognize the show’s return midseason with an overhaul to the entire makeup of the show. Megan Mullally and Erin Richards were brought onto the show but Season One regulars Michael Rosenbaum and Odette Annable were taken off. That turned out to be a big mistake. The chemistry was completely thrown off and viewers were force-fed the new characters for the sake of what made the show work in the first place: Christian Slater acting geeky, while young attractive cast members acted even geekier. Why resurrect a show twice, only to give it minimal advertising and marketing support?
I Hate My Teenage Daughter had a similar fate, where a two-month break came between episode four and five and then was pulled after episode seven. It was rumored to return in the summer, then on Sundays, now it’s canceled.
Who knows if Fox will air the remaining episodes of either show? More than likely they won’t see the light until the summer when Fox needs to something new to air.
But not all is doom and gloom at the house that Bart Simpson built. Keifer Sutherland’s Touch got renewed, but that was probably due to how well the series is received internationally, airing in 40 other countries. Ratings have steadily dropped since its pilot, plummeting from 12 million viewers to just over half of that last week. The addition of Maria Bello as a recurring character could have helped too. So yes, we will get to hear Sutherland yell, “Jake” for at least another season. No word yet on if it will return in the fall for a full season or in the winter as a mid-season show.