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.

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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.


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  1. I really enjoyed Human Target, but I’m used to having series cancelled under me.


      • HUMAN TARGET is the 21st century James Bond and Jim West all in one show! It is very entertaining with its secrets, funny humor and sexy moments! I can’t wait to see the next season!! Fringe is truly a crazy show! You never know what crazies will happen next! I just can’t figure it out!! Love the mystery and love story!

  2. Two of my favorite shows – Human Target (great season finale – Guerrero was awesome) and Lie to Me are facing possible cancellation

    I know I am not alone, because I have workplace and lunchtime discussions about the shows (along with discussions about NCIS, Rizzoli and Isles, Warehouse 13 and Destination Truth). I could care less about Survivor or American Idol.

    What I don’t understand is that as a 56 year old white professional female with an annual gross income in excess of $150,000, I am in a meaningless demographic group (as are many of my friends in similar age and income brackets who also watch Human Target and NCIS) as are my teenage grandsons, who directly benefit from my disposable income.

    If Fox cancels both of the shows on network TV, how about moving them to cable – better yet, how about giving each show a full season and proper time slot to demonstrate their ability to perform.

    Maybe its time to boycott Fox and its advertisers.

    • I too have often wondered why FOx doesn’t look at moving good yet not as popular shows to cable. It is almost to the point that any good scripted show that doesn’t start on cable is doomed. I am glad that AMC has the string of hit dramas as I am sure any one of them would have been canceled mid season if they were picked up by a big network.

      • Lie to Me has been place behind one of the highest rated dramas on TV I think that shows that they tried to let it perform but the audience has not grown.Human Target just hasnt really performed great either.These Shows Are too expensive for cable production costs would be way to high without laying off much of the cast. if Lie To Me was in its first season they might be able to defray costs but not now…

    • There’s a long debate and discussion that goes along with the 18-34 demographic. Much of it was based on things that happened during the 50s, 60s and 70s. Many people view it as outdated, but advertisers still focus on it… even if the statistics don’t really back it up.

      Some will cite that the 18-34 demographic is the hardest to reach and has the most disposable income, but those age 50+ represent over half of the disposable income in America.

      Some will also cite brand loyalty, citing that older folks are less likely to try a new product, instead of their usual. Some will cite wanting to instill certain brand loyalties in younger folks, who will in turn purchase the bigger items (cars) when they get older.

      Like I said, it’s a long, long discussion and there really isn’t a perfect answer. It all depends on who you talk to and who has the most research collected.

      Some networks/time-slots do focus on hitting other demographics, but when it comes to primetime network television, 18-34 is still considered the sweet spot. This is why it costs more money for a 30 second ad spot on Glee than any other television program, because the sought out demographic is watching and makes up the majority of the viewers.

    • Could not agree with you more. Both are two of our favorite shows, not to mention our 17 year old son. I am 46, husband is 61, household income is above $150,000–why don’t we matter? Such a shame. They are both very enjoyable, fun shows. And Tim Roth… HELLO–it’s TIM ROTH. Goodness, what else to say?

      • Everyone matters, but advertisers are willing to spend more to reach the 18-34 audience than any other demographic.

        Advertisers will pay almost three times as much per each 1,000 viewers 18-34, compared to those over 34.

        BTW, that 18-34 demo often gets expanded to the 18-49.

    • I completely agree. Human Target and Lie to Me are the shows that interest me. I’m a 60 year old male professional and I couldn’t care less about the other shows and the rubbish “targeted” at the 30 and 40 somethings. I don’t and won’t watch them. I further like and watch NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles,Warehouse 13 and Castle. I won’t go near Dancing with Stars, reality shows, the losers shows, Idol shows and aliens and sci fi shows that have some weird or supposed spooky theme – I find them boring. I never watched “Lost” – it was only worth maybe a couple of episodes, one to introduce the crash and premise and one to wrap it up. It was just simply wasn’t interesting otherwise. I can’t imagine what anyone saw in it. If networks keep making their decisions based on a narrow youth only demographic the rest of us won’t be boycotting so much as we will we will simply find something else to do with our time than watch TV. So far as I’m concerned if Human Target and Lie to Me go so do I.

      • I’m right there with you! I love Lie To Me and Human Target! If some other network picks them up, that’s where I’ll be watching–not only the shows, but the commercials and shopping for their products if they are supporting these great shows!

  3. Glad to hear the news about Fringe!! Made an awful day a LITTLE better!!!


    As far as Demographics go- you don’t just Ban FOX at that point- you ban all television, as the (very flawed) ratings system is the same- across the board, as are the key demos, etc…..

    That being said- it doesn’t matter unless you have a Nielsen Box(Are part of the Nielsen Research Group).

  4. I hate articles like this because it makes me wonder why others don’t enjoy such fabulous shows like Human Target and Lie to Me. HT is one of my favorites on TV today. As is LtM. I just don’t understand why FOX does this. Let’s hope some other network would be willing to pick up these two shows if they get cancelled. As for Fringe, I love the show as well, but it’s been impressing me less and less over the last couple of episodes.

  5. I am a huge Lie to Me fan and have been a faithful viewer since its first airing. I can’t believe Fox would consider cancelling Tim Roth’s show, as it continues to receive international acclaim and also has the most upside potential in the ratings in the US. It would not take much to make this show a perennial hit. To abandon it now would be another terrible move on Fox’s part. I’m also out of the demographic that the network targets, but haven;t they heard of us baby-boomers and our ability to spend?

  6. So, Reilly wants to say Fringe because is Abrams’ series. Mo matter ratings…Double standards. Too Bad. I think Fringe is not a good tv series, it wanted to be a x files reboot+Mirror universe from ST. But it does not work out. Bad ratings, mediocre scripts…But is a Abrams’ tv series, and Lie to me or Human Target, no. Or Firefly. Do you remember Firefly, mr. Reilly?

  7. Glad to hear that Fringe might survive. Bummer about Lie to Me in jeopardy. In general, I expect Fox to kill the best shows (Firefly, Firefly, Firefly!). But I guess one outta two ain’t bad. It is a puzzler, though, why shows like Lie to Me or Good Guys don’t get ported to cable, where they would probably thrive.

  8. Lie to me is the best show ive seen !! i love it !! tim roth is amazing i cant stop watching it its very entertaining, do not cancel this show keep the show going i gotta say that i have watched the other shows on the network and they are a no go !!

  9. I’d rather they choose Human Target, I mean wasn’t the season finale seen by 8+ million viewers? It helped a lot that its lead in was American Idol though.

  10. RENEW LIE TO ME!!!
    Thats an amazing show!
    on a side note im tired of shows getting cancelled so quickly. Whats the point of watching them if they’re going to be off the air next year. If they cancel it, im out.. done with Fox and its shows.
    and pretty much any sitcom. I’ll stick to watching movies only.

  11. Perfect timing for pulling the plug on Lie To Me since it just won 2 People’s Choice Awards. Obviously there is no market for this show and it should be put in the crapper! Plus it’s only shown in the following countries: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vietnam. I say if Lie To Me can’t even find a market in mainland China or North Korea, put it out of its misery!

  12. The fact that Lie To Me is in jeopardy can be blamed completely on FOX and how it has advertised (or not advertised rather) the show. Pairing it with House was a good idea, but then FOX just kind of let it go. The last two episodes in January (which FOX did advertise) pulled in 7+ million views and over a 2.0 rating. Obviously, the people will come watch it.

  13. If/When Human Target gets canceled, Fox will still have 3 prime time shows I DVR weekly-House, Bones and the Bones Spin-off The Locator, but it’s only 2 shows more [potentially] I will watch on ABC [Body of Proof] 3 more than I watch on NBC and 1 less than I watch on CBS prime time [NCIS/NCIS:LA/The Big Bang Theory/$#*! My Dad Says].

    And why is it Chi McBride is in 2 of my favourite canceled shows [Boston Public/Pushing Daisies]?

  14. Human Target is a great show. Maybe it would have done better if the show time wasnt shuffled all season. Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday and Friday. If it werent for my DVR i would have missed half the episodes. Great show and Guerrero is the MAN!!!!

  15. Give a good show a chance! Human Target is an excellent show, we love it! You changed the schedule too many times this season, which did not help. We are tired of all the reality B.S. If it is not renewed on Fox, we hope another network will pick it up! Fringe is good, but our interest declined this year. Lie to me is not bad either, but Human Target gets our #1 vote!!!

  16. I’d expect both shows to be cancelled, after all we are talking about fox who have cancelled family guy twice, and seem to love everything joss wheedon does until it comes to a 3rd season, Firefly, Dollhouse.
    I just can’t fall in love with a fox show anymore in case they cancel it,
    its like falling in love with a new puppy only to find out your landlord has killed it because he likes cats this month.

  17. Human Target is the only show I feel like I have to watch each week :)
    Sort of like what they had with 24. And this is even though they kept moving it around or postponing and also added a new character who I was meh about at first but they really developed her character well.

    Just keep it in the same night and time for one whole season, and it will build an even bigger audience. Just don’t put it head to head with shows that may have the same kind of audience like Chuck or possibly Criminal Minds.

  18. Save Human Target, best adventure and fun team out there!

  19. “Lie to Me” is by far the best of the three shows! And now with the Lightman/Foster romance heating up it’ll only get better! “Fringe” cannot compare to “Supernatural” and that last show…snooze….

  20. “Lie to Me” is a delight because of the cast and because the scripts generally manage to tweak at least one cliche per show.

    “Human Target” was fun in the first season and REALLY FUN in the second season. So I would be very disappointed not to see where a third season takes everyone.

    As for demographics–I’m a female in her late 50s–and I outearn and can outspend that younger demographic in a nanosecond. Fox erred when it cancelled “Firefly”–well, actually, Fox “management” missed an opportunity when it failed to show the episodes in order.

    I know quite well that programming is a crapshoot and that series routinely receive little time to build a following. But THE ONLY shows I watch on Fox are “Lie to Me” and “Human Target.” Take those away and I don’t need the Fox channel on my set.

  21. Thank God that Fringe isnt going anywhere… I started reading this and thought that they were gonna cancel that show… BEST NEWS ALL DAY!!!

  22. Human Target has become one of my favorites but I also really like Lie to Me, so I really hope at least one of them pulls through. Situations like this always make me wonder what the production cost of the shows are vs. what they make in advertising revenue for the network.

  23. Lie to me and Target are wonderful and two of my favorite shows. I certainly hope they are renewed!

  24. Shame to hear things are iffy for Human Target’s renewal. I really enjoy the show – cool action, interesting cast and funny! I hope Fox will seriously consider renewing this program, or that another network will pick it up, at least.

  25. Human Target is one of the only shows I watch. The season finally was the best. My 18 and 24 year old kids have gotten in to watching. Fox should renew Target but if another network picks it up we will watch there.

  26. I rearrange my schedule to make sure I see Human Target everytime it comes on. My favorite show!

  27. Human Target is our family’s favorite. Great action, beautiful scenery, interesting stories!! Please don’t cancel it!!

  28. I love Fringe but it now competes on Friday with one of my favorite shows, Supernatural, sorry but the Winchester’s win that one. I would rather keep Lie To Me if I had to choose between it and Fringe. Fringe seems to be hitting a conclusion on most issues, there is no beginning or end on Lie To Me and Tim Roth is just a great actor to watch. I would equate Lie To Me to House, it has staying power and a fantastic cast. I have watched Human Target a few times, it is fun, but doesn’t hold my interest.

  29. I have enjoyed Human Target and Lie to me. I record the show to make sure I don’t miss it. Are you counting the audience that may record. I would like to see both of these shows comeback. Please do not drop them. Thanks.

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