As usual, Fox is trimming some scripted fat from its lineup. It seems like every year we see tons of their attempts at scripted television hit the fan, yet the network keeps on keeping on, ushering in four new pilots as five are released into the wasteland of other canceled Fox shows.
First, the good news: four new shows with promise! (Well, a few have it, anyway.) We've got a sitcom called The New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel. It's about a teacher who gets dumped and does the natural thing: she moves in with three dudes. This is the show formerly known as Chicks and Dicks and it comes from No Strings Attached (which also had a much randier name at one point) screenwriter, Liz Meriweather, so it may actually be pretty good. One slight problem, it shares a cast member with Happy Endings and if ABC orders more, The New Girl will lose him; but let's cross that bridge when we get to it. Also at bat are J.J. Abrams' Alcatraz which we're excited about simply at the mention of Mr. Abrams' name, the Bones spinoff Finder which will probably be fine since people seem to love Bones, and finally the Jamie Pressley-fueled I Hate My Teenage Daughter which I wager is probably going to fizzle. (Then again I thought Raising Hope -- or that show about "some idiot with a baby" -- was going to tank and now I'm eating my words.)
The shows that will see their last episodes this season include the very hopeful, yet completely bland Christian Slater-starring comedy Breaking In (it's doing alright, but I wager that's only thanks to the incredible American Idol lead-in), the forgettable Human Target, Lie to Me, the adorable but unlucky Traffic Light and the much-hyped show from the creator of The Sheild, The Chicago Code.
For fans of these shows, I'm sorry. But hey, at least House got renewed, right? Right?