Fox Kills Five Shows, Orders Four More

The TV upfronts aren’t until next week, but Fox has essentially tipped its hand early today with confirmation via TV By the Numbers that it has cancelled every single one of its shows that we’re still on the bubble.

Five are gone – “Lie to Me,” “Breaking In,” “Traffic Light,” “The Chicago Code,” and “Human Target”. Another on the bubble show, “Fringe”, was thankfully renewed for a full season last week.

The cancellation leaves only two shows from this past season (“Raising Hope,” “Bob’s Burgers”) and two from last season (“Glee,” “The Cleveland Show”) still airing. Only four hour-long dramas survived the cull: “Bones,” “Fringe,” “Glee” and “House”.

The network is ready to fill the void though with a bunch of new shows about to be slotted in. Four shows have scored pickup – the J.J. Abrams mystery “Alcatraz”, the “Bones” spin-off (but very “Burn Notice”-esque) “The Finder”, the Zooey Deschanel comedy “The New Girl” and the sitcom “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” have all been ordered to series.