Fox president comments on Breaking in
What exactly has been going on with Breaking In has been a been a bit murky. FOX cancelled the comedy series in May, only for there to be some speculation it could be revived – which seemed to be more likely when it was recently revealed that the option on the cast had been extended through November 15th, giving FOX a few more months to decide if they wanted new episodes or not.
During a Q&A at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today, I asked FOX’s president, Kevin Reilly, about Breaking In and its current status. Reilly remarked that FOX hopes to have a comedy block made up of four live-action series in the spring. The network has Raising Hope returning this fall, along with new comedies New Girl and I Hate My Teenage Daughter. Reilly also noted they were about to begin production on a second version of the pilot for Little in Common, from Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, Party Down), which will star Kevin Hart and Rob Corddry.
“I like Breaking In. We all like Breaking In,” said Reilly, adding, “Part of the challenge we had this year was a high class problem. There are shows that we unfortunately had to cut this year that would have made the cut on other networks with bigger challenges. We had to make a judgement call. Breaking In fell a little bit in that camp, but ultimately, we had a very passionate group of producers and actors who wanted to keep it going.”
Reilly went on to say, “I think as part of that four comedy block, [Breaking In] still has a shot. They’ve agreed to extend an option. So we’ve kept it alive. And you know what, stranger things have happened. We’ve not ordered anything right now, but who knows… Family Guy was cancelled once. Seinfeld started with four episodes. You never know. So we’re going to revisit what makes up that four comedy block a little later in the fall and then we’ll officially look at Breaking In.”
This sounds to me to mean that if Raising Hope, New Girl and I Hate My Teenage Daughter were all continuing into the spring, and Little in Common were picked up, Breaking In probably wouldn’t be back, as those four shows could make up a two-hour block. But if any of those fall comedies failed and/or if Little in Common is passed on, well then, the gang at Contra Security might have a chance.
Not mentioned by Reilly was Family Album, the Mike O’Malley project which shot a pilot this spring that was passed on. There had been word that too would be re-tooled and reshot, but Reilly not mentioning it may mean that project is now dead… or he forgot about it!