May 11th, 2011
05:28 PM ET
The Fox network upfront - in which the 2011-2012 fall schedule is announced - may be taking place next week, but Tuesday was judgment day for several current and upcoming series on the network.
J.J. Abrams' next series "Alcatraz," with "Lost" star Jorge Garcia; "Bones" spinoff "The Finder"; "The New Girl" starring Zooey Deschanel (sister of "Bones'" Emily); and "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" starring Jaime Pressly, were all among the pilots picked up for the new season, according to Entertainment Weekly.
"I am thrilled that our show got picked up & so excited to work with this great group of people!" tweeted Deschanel after hearing the news.
"Bones" co-star David Boreanaz joined in the celebration: "So happy for Zoe and another Deschanel on the Fox lot! Congrats to The Finder. God Speed to all!"
"The stress is gone. Thank Lennon above. #ALCATRAZ is happening!!!" tweeted Garcia's girlfriend Bethany Shady, who stays in contact with his fans via social media.
On the other hand, several shows were canceled on the same night. "House" was renewed, but EW also reported that "Lie to Me" and "Human Target," as well as recent mid-season replacements "The Chicago Code," "Traffic Light" and "Breaking In" have all been canceled (the series finales for the three newer series are all scheduled to air this month).
It was also reported that the pilot for "Locke & Key," based on the comic book series, will not be picked up by the network. The Hollywood Reporter says that it could end up elsewhere.
"Breaking In" only aired five episodes, all after "American Idol," before Fox pulled the plug. For stars Christian Slater and Bret Harrison, it was the third network series in a row to meet an untimely end for both.
Harrison broke the news to fans on Twitter: "#BreakingIn didn't get picked up for a second season. Lameness on all levels! Sorry fans, we tried REALLY hard." Even so, Harrison later held out hope that the network might change its mind if the ratings grew for Wednesday night's finale.
"Chicago Code" creator Shawn Ryan, also responsible for critically-acclaimed series "The Shield," answered fan questions in the wake of the cancellation: "Wow. Thanks for all the kind words everyone. We tried to make the best show we could and we thank those of you who watched it."
As for "Lie to Me," Tim Roth tweeted to the fans, "Sorry guys...we tried our best but Nielsen got us all..!!!! It was such fun and you will be missed!!!"
Will you miss any of these series, or are you looking forward to the spinoff of "Bones" or the return of Garcia? Share your view below.
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