Fox Cancels ‘Alcatraz,’ ‘The Finder,’ ‘Breaking In’ & ‘Teenage Daughter’

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In order to make room for their upcoming new Fall line-up, Fox is clearing out its underperforming series. Alcatraz, The Finder, Breaking In (again), and I Hate My Teenage Daughter have all been officially canceled, and will not be returning to the network this fall.

Of course, most of these cancelations aren’t likely to take anyone by surprise. Despite each series having its own strengths and weaknesses, the overall ratings for most of these shows are well beneath acceptable levels for network television.

Perhaps the most prominent series being canceled by Fox this year is the J.J. Abrams-produced Alcatraz. Presented as a compelling tale of fantastical events which led 300 people from the island prison in 1963 to the present, its actual execution turned out to be nothing more than a string of episodic tales revolving around criminals who,it turns out, aren’t all that bad.

As for Breaking In and I Hate My Teenage Daughter, the news is a little less shocking, as both were previously pulled from the schedule shortly after they first aired. For I Hate My Teenage Daughter, its almost instantaneous decline was all but expected.  As far as new series went for the 2011 Fall television series, I Hate My Teenage Daughter was generally considered the worst.

With a mixture of poorly conceived characters,  premises and an awkward presentation of mothers being “hilariously” berated by their children, not only did the series not feel like it belonged on television, but its placement within Fox’s typically strong television schedule had many worrying that the network’s programming decisions had taken a turn for the worse.

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Of course, if anything is going to hit a fan base in the gut, it will be Fox’s second cancelation of Breaking In. After premiering in 2011, Breaking In had a strong following for a freshman series. Unfortunately, the low ratings led Fox to cancel the series – but not to let it go completely.

Making use of their contractual option for the series, Fox essentially put the cast on hold until it could figure out what to do with this new show. After finally agreeing to bring the series back for a second season, all eyes were on the “little show that could” – to see if a second chance paid off.

Unfortunately, it didn’t. Generally just as entertaining as its first season, Breaking In always felt like a TV series that was on the wrong network. With geek-centric jokes and pop culture innuendos, Breaking In always worked best when it played to a specific group of people. Of course, when that specific group of people largely doesn’t watch television live, there’s nothing much left for a network to do but to cancel a series.

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And not to be left out, Fox’s The Finder was a brief experiment in what can happen when a lead actress on your other hit series is going to have a baby. Serving as a second series for the man behind Bones, it’s hard to believe that Fox would have picked The Finder up if they weren’t faced with having to split up Bones season 7.

With enjoyable moments here and there, The Finder largely felt like it was better suited to a different network. While some may argue that perhaps The Finder didn’t belong on any network, one could argue that trying to fit the only overtly comedic-drama into a network schedule isn’t easy – something that Fox’s previously canceled series The Good Guys can attest to.

When it comes down to it, seeing a television show canceled is never fun – even if you’re not a fan of the series. Nobody ever intends on making an unsuccessful series, so when it happens it’s more unfortunate than anything. That being said, Fox viewers walked away relatively unscathed in this year’s axing. Sure, House is finally coming to an end, but Fringe isn’t. So when it comes to adding up your personal television scorecard, you should still be coming out ahead when it comes to Fox.


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Source: TVLine, TV Guide

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  1. O.K. So, I just found the Finder on Netflix as reruns, but they were SO GOOD! OH MY GOSH! I watched all 13 episodes in only THREE DAYS! How on earth could FOX just cancel this series and leave everyone so depressed about how it ended? I’ve been searching online to seek out a series 2 to see how Walter got out of jail, how Isabel got her badge and gun back and what would have happened to Willa. Geoff Stultz, where have you, your cast and your brother GONE? I MISS YOU GUYS ALREADY!!!

    • I did the exact same thing! I never heard of it when it was on tv, but now I am all attached to it- so charming! What a bummer.

  2. That’s gay the finder was a good series

  3. What a ridiculous move by FOX to cancel The Finder. It’s ratings will never be “acceptable” when up against American Idol (except maybe now as the judges have changed and it’s become a stagnate show) but it had a huge following of loyal fans. It’s tragic that Michael Clarke Duncan died, he was a superb actor, but the show could have continued on. When people invest their time and emotions into a tv show, it’s beyond maddening (and rude) to leave the audience hanging on to a story and characters left as they were. I have pretty much given up on getting into any new shows on networks like Fox, probably mostly on Fox, because I don’t want to invest my energies into something that will get pulled at the end of the first season. Remember Cheers? An iconic show that would never had made it past the first season by today’s standards. And that would have been sad.

    • Could you be consistent with the information you send to Sky for programming scheduling. The way their series record programme runs means that if there is an inconsistency in the label given to the programme, then the series record does not work. This has been most noticeable in the labelling of Season 10 of NCIS the past few weeks.

  4. Too bad they cancelled Finder, I just watched the entire series on Netflix and it was really good. The tragic death of Michael Clarke Duncan would have made it harder to make of course and some shows never recover from such a loss. But it kind of left a lot of questions unanswered, and the audience going “what happened too… insert character here …?”

  5. Could you be consistent with the information you send to Sky for programming scheduling. The way their series record programme runs means that if there is an inconsistency in the label given to the programme, then the series record does not work. This has been most noticeable in the labelling of Season 10 of NCIS the past few weeks.

  6. What the @#$%& ! Just found out “The Finder” isn’t coming back for another season. It was one of my favorite of all time shows. Loved the theme and the characters so much.

  7. Loved the Finder, and Alcatraz! Want them back. ? I love touch so that’s great…

  8. I recently watched the finder as well, I thought it was as good if not better than Monk which is one of my favorite shows of all time but better they leave questions unanswered than make a horrible second season , I would love to see another season but not at the cost of ruining the series… :-/

    • I personally loved the Finder spin off I don’t know why they stopped after one season but they lost out on a lot of money especially where a lot of the other networks Went After this