Fox President Talks ‘Fringe,’ ‘Lie To Me’ & ‘Human Target’ Renewals

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kevin reilly fox Fox President Talks Fringe, Lie To Me & Human Target Renewals

For months, fans of Fringe, Human Target and Lie to Me have been wondering whether or not their favorite series will return next fall.

With pilot season underway, television networks are examining their current television line-up and determining which shows will stay and which will be replaced by new series endeavors.

Considering Fox is one of the most cancellation-friendly networks with numerous under-performing fan-favorite series, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly stepped in to talk about the likelihood of Fringe, Lie to Me and Human Target returning for another season.

Most recently, Fringe made the move to Friday night. While the ratings have been slipping since its time-slot premiere, Reilly still seems pleased with its performance:

“I’m so psyched about it. It does go to show you the loyalty of the genre audience, when you get the right show. I’m so grateful to that audience; I’d like to shake their hands. We have a lot of passion for that show here.”

Even though this statement was made before Fringe’s second week of declining ratings, it’s hardly going to impact Reilly’s enthusiasm for the show. Unfortunately, for fans of Lie to Me and Human Target, his comments are less positive (if you read between the lines):

“We have some decisions to make about [Human Target] and Lie to Me as well. These shows are not being rejected. They’re doing a consistent and solid number. There are networks that would be happy to take those shows. We have to look at our shelf space.

Reilly’s statements about Human Target and Lie to Me appear to fall in line with what we previously said about Fox’s likelihood of picking up those series. Even though Lie to Me has been delivering higher ratings than Fringe, the core demographics of Fringe (ages 18-34) makes it a more appealing pick-up.

In terms of Reilly’s closing comments about evaluating Fox’s shelf space, the network’s entertainment president is talking about how many timeslots they’ll have available once the pilot season is over. If there’s enough room for Lie to Me and Human Target, they’ll likely be renewed… if not, they’re out.

What makes the decision even more difficult is the fact that out of all the other television networks, Fox has one of the most solid line-ups and rarely makes major changes. With most of the current series returning, that makes less room for new series and even less room for Lie to Me and Human Target.

lie to me cast1 Fox President Talks Fringe, Lie To Me & Human Target Renewals

When you add in the fact that Fox already has The X-Factor slated for next year and the Bones spin-off series, The Locator, is pretty much guaranteed a spot in the line-up (thanks to Hart Hanson’s dedicated fans), the chances of both Human Target and Lie to Me returning look grim. Not to mention the fact that Fox only has 2 hours of television programming per night (the 10pm news cuts it short).

Of course, if it does come down to a decision between Human Target and Lie to Me, one should expect Lie to Me to come out on top. Why? Two words: Tim Roth. Also, Lie to Me is cheaper to produce has received more critical acclaim and award nominations.

With the end of May being the likely deadline for series contract renewals, expect a decision around that time, if not before.

Fringe airs Fridays @8pm, on Fox

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Bring lie to me back. Tim Roth. One of the best actors ever. Whole crew is awesome. Best tv show to come out. And I don’t watch tv much. Cos lots of it is garbage. My twins and I love it, I have whole series. But would love to keep watching. More episodes.

  2. Bring back Lie To Me*
    The show was amazing and the acting is superb, why on earth would you cancel such a brilliant show???

  3. Dear executives and film professionals.
    Its Christmas eve, I’m in London and I’ve found this website tonight, to ask for a continuation of Lie To Me! It’s a splendid cast altogether, the writing is brilliant and nuanced, a perfect balance between commerce, science and creativity in all the layers of the show! Please!! And I’m sure Mr Roth wouldn’t mind producing it a bit more :) Hope to hear from You soon!

  4. PLEASE BRING LIE TO ME BACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pleasseeeeeeeee , pleasseeee, pleaseeee …i will watch every show on fox if you just bring lie to me back, it is the most brilliant show i have seen and i have seen lost, dexter, desperate housewives, and csi ! this is by far the most beautiful show so far i cant seem to move past it …ive been trying to watch the good wife to get over it but i cant ..i didnt make it past the third episode… pleassseeee release me of my misery by bringing them back i mean come onnnnn!! pleaseee preety pleaseee.

  5. Firefly, Babylon A.D. and Lie to Me, three solid reasons to shout at Fox.

    • Don’t leave out The Finder! GREAT, FUN show! They cancelled Season 2 before it hardly got started. Of course, the death of Michael Clark Duncan might have had something to do with the cancellation :-/

  6. At this point I’d also be shouting at FOX for the renewal of The Following – but not in a supportive role :)

    • I agree re “The Following.” What a STUPID, completely implausible, RIDICULOUS premise for a show! What? Are they trying to skate by on Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy??? I think they’re not selling/promoting shows like Lie To Me well enough.

  7. bring lie to me back!it’s the best pf tv series on fox!come on!

  8. Lie to Me is one of my favourite shows. I am watching the DVD’s right now!

  9. Bring back Lie To Me!!!! I was late getting on the band wagon!!! I promise to watch every new episode!! IT IS THE GREATEST SHOW EVERRRRR!!!!!!!

  10. Seriously, why would you cancel such an amazing show as Lie To Me, FOX? The characters were amazingly created, astonishing performances from the actors, Tim Roth is absolutely brilliant!

    Bring it back, for crying out loud, it deserves at least a fourth season, as well as the fans. ** SPOILER ALERT ** Just when Cal admitted his love towards Gillian, you decide to screw things up.

    A very sad world that we live in.

  11. Please bring lie to me back! Great entertainment is hard to come by! Why would you get rid if that show? I would love to see more of these characters and think that there should definitely be more thought into bring it back!

  12. Bring back “lie to me” the best show EVER ! hands down do a vote i bet you will see !!!!!

  13. Bring back lie to me it’s the best acting I’ve ever seen!

  14. Fox, I’m begging you on my knees:
    Bring back Lie To Me!!!!!
    Tim Roth is a brilliant and outstanding actor and the show itself is unique and way better than anything else you air nowadays. Please please please, give us at least another season of Lie To Me!!

  15. I think we all need to come to terms with this. It’s been over 2 years now. They’re not going to bring back Lie To Me. The show was great. Tim Roth was great. The entire cast was well chosen. Even Cal’s daughter actually looked like she could have been the offspring of Tim Roth and Jennifer Beals; it was cast so well. Nevertheless…all of the begging in the world won’t changed their minds, which were made up due to the almighty bottom line: ratings and profit. Sadly, the average American viewer would rather watch typical tripe like Desperate Housewives and such. Original shows like Lie To Me aren’t trashy or “racy” enough. Mourn and move on.

    • I finished watching the final episode of lie to me that aired with my daughter who is now old enough to watch it. She started looking for the next season and said “that was the last one? No?! That couldn’t have been the last one… It’s sooooo good!”

      So… I’m sorry, what show was lie to me replaced with that I never watch? Let them beg, just maybe someone will decide to put that amazing line up back together and bring back a classic that will be hailed as one of the few best series ever!

  16. PLEASE bring back lie to me. If you aired it now, it’s ratings would hit the roof!!!. You don’t want to miss out on a great thing fox now do you?

  17. Is there a network out there that would do a new lie to me series. PLEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSEE!

    • Yup, I would even buy into one of those Internet net works like net flix and scrap the cable tv just to get lie to me back.

  18. Bring back lie to me it’s better than law n order Svu criminals minds house etc bring it back

  19. Please bring lie to me back, of course with Tim Roth & Kerri Williams! I’m so addicted to it! Top notch show! Intriguing and funny! Can’t wait to see Cal and Gil’s relationship develop! Please!!!

  20. I think we can safely give it up on Lie To Me. It’s been [three?] years? They’re not bringing it back. Sad, but true. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  21. Bring back Lie to Me. It’s great.