Next year's fall schedule on Fox is going to look very different from this year's. And although the network spared several shows last year, this time the network showed no mercy.
Deadline is reporting that Fox has canceled "Human Target," "The Chicago Code," "Lie To Me," "Breaking In" and "Traffic Light" ahead of its upfront presentations later this month.
"Human Target" had been greatly retooled in its second season by adding two female cast members and a romantic angle for the lead character, Christopher Chance (Mark Valley). However, the changes were not universally well received among the fanbase and the network burned off most of the episodes in December and January.
On the other hand, "The Chicago Code" debuted to disappointing ratings despite a strong creative foundation. Creator Shawn Ryan's departure from 20th Century Fox TV to Sony may have also played a role in the decision to not bring it back.
"Lie To Me" had also been struggling in the ratings during last season's summer runoff and its third season, while "Traffic Light and "Breaking In" failed to breakout, so to speak.
Deadline also revealed several new shows on Fox's fall programming slate, including the J.J Abrams series "Alcatraz" — which sounds like a cross between "Lost" and "Prison Break" — the "Bones" spinoff "Finder," in addition to two new comedies: "The New Girl" starring Zooey Deschanel and "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" with Jamie Pressly.
Surprisingly, Fox did not pick up the adaption of Joe Hill's "Locke & Key," despite giving the show a series commitment last year. That means that the network will have to pay a penalty fee for not moving ahead with it. There were rumors that Fox would potentially launch "Locke & Key" as an event miniseries, but that appears to be unlikely now.
The Steven Spielberg produced "Terra Nova" is expected to also have a place on the fall schedule, in addition to returning series "Fringe," "Bones," 'House," "Raising Hope" and the Fox Sunday night Animation block.