TV News: FOX Cancels ‘The Chicago Code,’ ‘Lie to Me,’ ‘Human Target’

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CHICAGO – For weeks now, we’ve been trying to predict what the networks would do with their bubble shows when they announced their fall schedules next week. Well, Kevin Reilly of FOX decided to burst all of the bubbles at his network under cover of night, as news broke very late last night that “The Chicago Code,” “Human Target,” “Lie To Me,” “Traffic Light,” and “Breaking In” will be absent from the upcoming 2011-12 schedule.

The Chicago Code
The Chicago Code
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FOX clearly wanted to get a jump on announcements, renewing “Family Guy” and “The Cleveland Show” on Monday, renewing “House” on Tuesday, and cleaning house later that night.

Things looked tentative for “The Chicago Code” for weeks, as we outlined in this feature that was clearly a bit too optimistic about the chances for the Shawn Ryan program. Honestly, we never held out much hope for the other four programs shown the door.

A number of things might have happened here. The numbers on “Chicago Code” definitely played a factor, as it slid week to week, notching a series-low on May 2nd, a day probably very close to when decisions were being made. As mentioned in the feature, it’s also as-yet-unclear how many hours FOX will devote to “The X Factor.” If it expanded by even one from our prediction, “The Chicago Code” was a goner.

But the final nail in the coffin was what looks like a strong development slate. FOX also announced in the wee hours of the night that they have picked up three new series — J.J. Abrams mystery “Alcatraz,” a spin-off of “Bones” called “The Finder,” and a comedy starring Zooey Deschanel called “The New Girl.” Another comedy called “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” is also being reported as picked up by the net.

We’ll know more about what will air and when on Monday when they officially announce their schedule. Come back to for all the news as it breaks. content director Brian Tallerico

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Anonymous's picture

Human Target was an awesome

Human Target was an awesome show. But FOX really didn’t seem to care about it. It was moved around and never advertised much. Season 2 was soo good at the end, it would be a shame if this show cannot go on. I hope Warner Bros tries to sell it to one of the cable networks.

jschro155's picture

Save The Chicago Code

Lets show FOX what we think about cancelling The Chicago Code! Help get everyone you know to watch the final episodes.

Sarah's picture

Save The Chicago Code

I really really hope that they reconsider cancelling The Chicago Code! In my opinion, this is the best television show on TV in a very long time, and I am busy bringing in new people to watch it! I love the cast, the storyline, the city (because I can relate to it!), and how it’s produced! I love watching the intro and the music gets me all excited about watching and wondering what is going to happen. With all the shows that are in LA, NY, or FL this one CLEARLY stands out among the rest and just like when House first started among Grey’s Anatomy and ER, I believe The Chicago Code will come into its own in the second season! Please, please give Chicago Code another chance!!!!

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