It’s a tough TV business, and every year fan favorite shows get the boot in favor of new shows that sometimes don’t live up to the potential of the departing series.
This year, Fox canceled many fan favorites including the three season LIE TO ME, the two season HUMAN TARGET and THE CHICAGO CODE and the comedies TRAFFIC LIGHT and BREAKING IN.
While speaking to the press today about their Fall 2011 and Mid-season 2012 schedules, Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly spoke about major casualties this year at the network and why they had to make these hard decisions.
“I think we were pretty candid that a couple of the shows we had to let go was because we didn’t have shelf space and they probably would have made the cut at other networks,” says Reilly. “We could have been more conservative this year, but we wanted to take our core strength now and seed in new shows for the next chapter. We gave those shows a shot and now its time to try some new ones.”
In terms of how they determined the new bumper crop of shows, Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice admits that Fox is quite different from their competitors.
“We have very vibrant franchises and a vast diversity of shows from reality, animation, comedy and drama so we’re very selective what we bring on,” says Rice. “We have a very strong schedule for next year even though we’re sad to see these other shows leaving.”
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