TV Lineup Change-up: ‘Fringe’ Renewed, ‘Chicago Code’ Cancelled, ‘Alactraz’ to Become Series, ‘Locke & Key’ Not Picked Up
Attention television junkies, Fox is out win or break your heart, depending, of course, on your favorite shows. While their official schedule announcement won’t come until Monday, we’re already hearing what shows made it and what was chopped from their new lineup.
Firstly, Fringe has been renewed, proving it must be a strong show for surviving the deadly Friday night slot. But other Fox shows are not fairing as well. Word is Chicago Code, Human Target, Lie to Me, Breaking In, and Traffic Light are all getting the axe. So, sorry fans of those shows, there just weren’t enough of you. Don’t worry though, you’ll join a proud legion of fans of shows cancelled prematurely by Fox. It’s a pretty hardcore group.
While Fox is cleaning out their under-performing programs they are bringing in new shows; The New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel as a lovelorn teacher and I Hate My Teenage Daughter with Jaime Pressly. They’ve also ordered a Bones spin-off, Finder.
Also on order is a season of Alcatraz, the new J.J. Abrams produced series, which should be great news for all of you mourning Lost but still hooked on Fringe. The series will star Sam Neill and Jorge Garcia and it involves time-travel, cool so far. Alcatraz follows prisoners who in the 1960s disappeared then reappeared today. Which reads simple enough but knowing it comes from Abrams, expect confusion and suspense galore. Sarah Jones is also appearing as an FBI agent tracking down the missing convicts and trying to discover how they traveled through time.
But, the real bummer news is it seems Locke & Key, the show based on Joe Hill‘s graphic novel will not be picked up. Hopefully this show still has chance by being shopped around to other networks, maybe Syfy? Locke & Key is about a family moving into a haunted house so it sounds right up SyFy’s alley, but maybe another cable channel could give the show life.
Whew! There it is, a lot of changes coming to Fox. Hopefully some of these new shows will survive for more than a year. What sounds most exciting to you? I’m definitely intrigued by Alcatraz, anything involving The Rock is fascinating. And no, I’m not talking about Dwayne Johnson, puh-lease. But I am really sad to hear Locke & Key won’t be happening, at least not for a while. Sound off in the comments about what you think about Fox’s changes.