Fox Cancels ‘Lie To Me,’ ‘Human Target,’ ‘Breaking In’ & More

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2011 at 7:35 am,

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Just weeks before Fox was set to preview their new fall line-up, the network has all-but cleaned house in regards to its struggling television series – and has canceled Lie To Me, Human Target, Traffic Light, Breaking In and The Chicago Code.

Even though Lie To Me and Human Target were long shots in terms of renewal, the possibility for their return was still present as Fox is known to give reprieves in certain circumstances. Unfortunately (or fortunately), it appears that Fringe took up Fox’s sole “second-chance” slot – thanks to a large fan uprising once the possibility of cancelation arose.

Whether or not Fringe fans still stand by the series following its “unique” season 3 finale still remains to be seen.

Newcomers Traffic Light and The Chicago Code should have been expecting a cancelation notice – since both series failed to attract an audience after many weeks on the air. What is surprising in Fox’s cancelation round-up is the Christian Slater comedy Breaking In. Even though only a couple episodes of the series had aired, they performed well following American Idol, and actually garnered the highest ratings for a live-action comedy in three years.

Whether or not you believe in the so-called Christian Slater curse of television cancelations, one can’t deny that something is amiss with Breaking In’s abrupt cancelation. I wouldn’t be surprised if Fox assumed that Breaking In was only performing well because of American Idol. That thought would largely be correct, and combining that with the fact that the cost of production was likely high due to its given styling, Fox knew that they could simply replace it with a lower-cost series.

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Although, it appears that Fox isn’t trying to simply replace it with a typical series that can garner acceptable ratings. With this large round of cancelations, it looks as if Fox is letting it be known that they’re only going to continue with series that can hold their own in television’s primetime landscape.

No doubt taking a note from sister network FX, who is known for canceling many great series based solely on ratings – no matter the fan outcry. If this is Fox’s new stance on programming, it certainly puts the pressure on show creators to deliver quality entertainment from the start, instead of relying on a second season to allow them to finally start telling the intended story. (I’m look at you, The Event)

Whether or not Fox’s new perspective on television programming will serve to elevate the network past its rivals is something that we’ll have to watch closely. But, if FX is a sign of what may happen, Fox may very well become primetime’s top network.


Traffic Light, The Chicago Code and Breaking In will all finish airing their first season order.

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  1. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH C’MON! I want Lie to me back :(

  2. Human Target should have been retained that is a no brainer.
    If allowed further character development the series could have been a world beater. The mix of actors was refreshing and the interplay between them inspiring. There is so much rubbish out there surely the network could have made money from a good product such as this? What a shame just because some series take a different turn, Dark Angel comes to mind, it does not always mean that the brand has no further potential.
    Human Target’s emphasis on the British connection could have been delayed a season or two down the line, and the boy’s club aspect,including the character of Baptiste could have been developed further with the occasional gentle inclusion of the new female characters. All things the writers could have managed. The ‘romance’ of Chance and Mrs P was too soon and forced, when it would have profitable to have developed Guerro’s romantic bent. What a shame these characters will now be lost to the TV graveyard ether. Not a happy day.

    • I agree with a lot.
      Baptiste is a wonderful character in Human Target.
      Chance was perfect as well as Guerrero. Winston’s character could have been writen better.

      That being said… season 2, the powers that be, forced the characters of Ilsa Pucci and Ames upon the boys.
      Ilsa in a completely forced relation with Chance and Ames really screwed with Guerrero’s mojo as the complete bad ass of the group.

      I just wish they would have left it alone. They had plenty of strong women on the show in season 1.

  3. OMG Cant believe Lie To Me would be cancelled – one of the BEST shows Ive seen for a long time. Season 4 is a MUST and that all the way from ENGLAND……

  4. U finally have a show that was very interesting and worth waiting and watching and u cancel it Common on whats the deal BRING IT BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Lie to me is such a different type of drama, quirky and interesting characters, it’s like no other drama. Tim Roth is fantastic. I’m very disappointed that just as the characters have reached a fantastic development, the series ends. Bring it back. Write more. I love it and am sure there are alot of followers how share my sentiments. :(

  6. I’ve just recently discovered Lie To Me on Netflix..never really watched much television so that explains it. I’ve come to grow SO fond of the show, Just started on Season 2 last night..and I wanted to check to see if it was still ongoing and come to find out it’s once I finish season 3 it’s over :(

    I loved Lost, The Office, and Breaking Bad…all AMAZING shows!
    Cancel something else that is unappealing. Get rid of all these garbage reality shows and keep shows like Lie To Me on!!!!

  7. I am from India,and even people here want lie to me back..
    so,please we request u to reboot the show..please..
    Its an amazing show,and it deserves a better ending..

  8. I am not a tv watcher, other than the news.There are not many shows worth watching. My children told me about Lie to Me and I found it on nerflix and I love it!!! It is so interesting to me and I hope that you will bring it back this spring.It is the best show I have seen in a long time. I have told everyone about it, Please bring it back!

  9. I’m really disappointed and angry tbh that lie to me got cancelled:( just when the cal and gill storyline was getting somewhere too! Its way to food of a programme to only have 3 seasons. Also i think its ludicrous scrapping shows purely on ratings, especially with the amount of people who watch on demand and on websites like Netflix, so bring back lie to me! People obviously love it!

  10. it would sure be great to see a relaunch of lie to me, then too continue with the rest of 3rd season first then so on. i loved the show ,