April 12, 2012

THE SKED: “Breaking In” Is Shown the Exit

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Written by: Mitch Salem

Although technically BREAKING IN hasn’t yet been canceled (networks and studios hold on to their options until contractually forced to relinquish them), it’s essentially received a notice of execution. The plan had been for Breaking to inherit the Tuesday 9:30PM slot from RAISING HOPE after that show airs its season finale next week, running out the season with the hit NEW GIRL as its lead-in. Instead, Breaking has been demoted to probable summer burn-off (joining FOX’s fellow sitcom failure I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER), because the network expects to do better in the slot with New Girl reruns.

No one can say that FOX and production studio Sony Television didn’t do all they could to save BREAKING IN. After its initial cancellation last season, the show bought a reprieve with a major revamp, changing from a high-concept wacky-caper-of-the-week series to a more conventional workplace comedy, adding Megan Mullally in a lead role, and otherwise shuffling the cast. All, alas, for naught.

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About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."