Just a day after rumblings began to circulate online, Fox has officially announced it’s rescuing the Christian Slater sitcom Breaking In from cancellation, ordering a 13-episode second season that will debut in 2012.
The comedy, which also stars Bret Harrison, Alphonso McAuley, Odette Annable and Michael Rosenbaum, centers on Contra Security, a company that tests its clients’ security systems by breaking into them.
Created by Adam F. Goldberg (Fanboys) and Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), the half-hour workplace comedy has a history with the network dating back October 2009, when executives made the initial pilot commitment. The series was officially picked up in November 2010, but didn’t premiere until April 6, 2011, where it served as a midseason replacement following American Idol. Breaking In was canceled in May along with Human Target and a handful of other series, but talk of a reprieve emerged almost immediately.
“Breaking In is a creatively vibrant and wildly adventurous comedy,” Fox’s President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly said in a statement. “We are looking forward to bringing it back for a second season and continuing our relationship with this incredibly talented cast and these fantastic creators — Adam Goldberg and Seth Gordon. We can’t wait to see where they take these characters next year.”
Can it be true? All over the internet there is talk of Breaking in having been ordered for a thirteen part second series if this is true then all of us Rosebuds can cheer because Dutch will return! This is a character written specifically for Michael and allowed him to really spread his comedy wings, the character was much loved and rightly so.
Apparently in recent weeks producers have met with Fox to discuss the show and the direction it will take in the second series. So far no official word from Fox however it is still listed on their schedule site fox.com/showlistings. we keep hearing that it is back so why do they not just admit they made a mistake and give us more seasons of this clever comedy?
Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Family Album is no longer in contention for midseason. Considered one of the hotter pilots at the network this past season, the half-hour, written by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman and directed by Shawn Levy, didn’t get a series order but, along with another comedy pilot, Little In Common, was put in redevelopment for midseason consideration. The network ordered a pilot reshoot, which later morphed into filming a whole new episode/pilot. The project’s original premise was to to have each season take place during a family vacation and the pilot reflected that. I hear that Fox ultimately found that premise too narrow and asked the creators to turn Family Album into a more traditional family show, with every episode focused on a different incident in the family’s daily life, including one chronicling their vacation. The studio, 20th TV, which co-produces Family Album with 21 Laps/Adelstein Prods., extended the options on stars Mike O’Malley and Rachel Harris and standout supporting player Rob Huebel at the end of June, while Port, Wiseman and fellow executive producers Levy, Adelstein and Becky Clements focused on reworking the show. But after a lot of back-and-forth with the network, I hear the producers and the studio felt that by transforming Family Album into a family show the concept no longer felt as unique and specific as they wanted it to be. Said a person close to the network, “We loved the auspices but ultimately could not get a clear handle on the creative direction for a re-tooled pilot.” The plan for such pilot has now been scrapped.
Family Album’s opens the door for the show that refuses to die, Breaking In, which was picked up to series 6 months after Fox passed on the pilot only to be canceled in May after a handful of airings. Like it did last year, producing studio Sony TV extended the options on the actors, this time sharing the cost with Fox. The single-camera workplace comedy has been added to the pool of contenders for the two-hour comedy block Fox plans to launch in March when Glee goes on hiatus. The field originally included new series New Girl and and I Hate My Teenage Daughter as well as pilots Family Album and Little In Common competing for 3 of the 4 slots. (Raising Hope has a full-season order.) Breaking In recently entered the fray, bringing the number of contenders to 5. That number has now dropped to 4 with the exit of Family Album.
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!
I have uploaded the screencaps from last night’s episode of Breaking in to the gallery another brilliant episode and Michael totally stole the show again I just loved it click the picture to see the goodies:
For seven years, Michael Rosenbaum played TV’s evil genius du jour as Lex Luthor on “Smallville,” but after 150 plus episodes and countless Bic razors, Michael retired his villain cackle for good. Well, almost. Lex rises again in this Friday’s two-part series finale since the fans, and Michael, wouldn’t rest until Clark his lifelong nemesis were reunited.
In the years between Metropolis trips, Michael filled his time — and resume — with a smattering of indies and a scenestealing role on Fox’s just (sadly) canceled “Breaking In.” I caught up with Michael prior to the show’s untimely demise to talk about his long overdue return to comedy and penchant for on-air stripping, before talk turned to pre-fame Michael.
That’s when I truly got a sense of what a fantastically complex and dynamic guy he is — something Michael owes in part to his mother.
PopWrap: After playing Lex Luthor for so long it has to be nice to try out a 180 degree different character.
Michael Rosenbaum: Oh my god, it’s such a treat. With Lex, it was Armani suits every day. Now I can just frost my tips and tuck my jeans into my Uggs and go to work. I like mixing it up, which is what was so hard playing a character for so long. I was itching to do something else – that’s why I got into this business: to be anyone but me.
PW: Plus it doesn’t hurt that you have to constantly manhandle Odette [Annable].
Michael: It’s so difficult, man. To have to kiss her takes a lot of preparation. I just have to imagine that it’s someone else [laughs]. Honestly though, she’s not only stunning, but like the coolest chick. She’s just like a cool sister.
PW: That you make out with.
Michael: Well, I am from Indiana. So … it’s not unheard of.
PW: Dutch not only has an awesome girlfriend, but one of the coolest wardrobes on television. One that’s unrivaled in its absurdity.
Michael: I actually get excited when I find out what’s going to be in my closet every day. Same with the costume designers – they’ll come up to me and say, “wait till you see the winner we have for you today!” One day it’s a onesie jumpsuit with fireballs on it, other days I’m shirtless and they oil me up…
PW: Or covered in sushi.
Michael [laughs] Oh god. From here on out, I’m naked three or four more times.
PW: Which might be the best promotion possible for your fans.
Michael: [laughs] I don’t know about that, we might lose fans if you put it out there too much. It’s fun. I keep reading scripts and I’m always shirtless … sometimes with nunchucks. My buddy Adam Goldberg created the show and is like, “isn’t that funny?” and all it means to me is I have to go to the gym. Comedy is just not worrying what you look like – take it from the lubed up guy covered in sushi. If people laugh, then it’s worth it.
PW: The “Breaking In” season finale is a “21 Jump Street” homage, if we were to meet Michael in High School, who would he be?
Michael: I was the shortest kid out of almost 400 kids in high school. No joke. I was five feet tall, under 100 pounds as a senior. I couldn’t get nailed in woodshop [laughs]. I only grew six inches after graduation. It was grueling. You look back and I remember thinking “I’m gonna get out of here, I’m going to do something” and I was fortunate enough that the hard work paid off. I was pretty lost in high school, didn’t know what I wanted to do,
PW: When did the acting bug bite you?
Michael: I did “Grease” senior year where I played Vince Fontaine. I’ll never forget it, I was so nervous, but it got me out of my shell. I remember the next day this popular kid goes, “hey, you were pretty funny.” Now that was a big deal because I was nerd. It was my “ah ha” moment. When I realized, if I’m not myself, that’s better [laughs]. It took that to really catapult me to the next level where I knew I wanted to do it. So I went to college and focused on that. It definitely resonated and made me feel accepted at something. It gave me enough confidence to do it again. And again. And again.
PW: A lot of funny people say that painful childhoods made them funnier — would you agree?
Michael: I remember always knowing there was something odd about me, and in fifth grade we had a talent show. If you did it, you could get three A’s in any subject. And I wasn’t very good in school. My dad was really smart. 1420 SAT’s and I wanted to take music 10 times. So my mother dressed me up as Pat Benatar for the talent show, and I sang “Shadows of the Night.” She put lipstick on me and fake boobs — now remember, I’m a Jew in Indiana. The class just sat there, mouths agape, while I sang. They just didn’t know what to think of me. I thought it was funny, no one else did. But come one – it was fifth grade and I just sang “Shadows of the Night” in full drag.
PW: So we have your mother to thank for “Sorority Boys” and “Sweet November?”
Michael: [laughs] Right! She contributed for sure. I was always a bit of an extravert and for a long time people didn’t get it, but eventually – thank god, they did.
PW: Oh, I think people more than “get it” — especially after eight years on “Smallville.” Did the endurance of that show surprise you?
Michael: I never would have expected it in a million years. If you looked up irony in the dictionary, you’d see a picture of 100 pound me in high school next to the name Lex Luthor. I think anyone who knew me, thought it was a joke. I remember shaving my head and learning the lines and thinking, “they’re going to fire me. No one will believe me as Lex Luthor. No way! This evil genius? Come on. There’s no way.” I was nervous also because fans of the genre stuff are so fiercely loyal. They don’t like when you mess with history. But I was fortunate that they created this character so well for so long. It’s pretty crazy to think that we’re at the end of it now. But it’s great because thanks to “Smallville,” I’ll never just be “the funny guy.” I think if I did it backwards, it wouldn’t have worked. Had I done all this comedy and then tried to play Lex, people might not have bought it.
PW: There was some question as to whether you’d come back for the finale — did you finally say yes for the fans or because you wanted to be involved?
Michael: Both. Partly because I didn’t want to let them down. I never wanted to hear “why didn’t you go back?” At the same time, a big part of me just wanted to go back, wrap it up and say good-bye. For a long time, I didn’t know when the show would end — I kinda thought I’d be getting Medicare by the time “Smallville” actually ended [laughs]. But once it hit me that this was the series finale, I had to be a part of it. This show started with Lex and Clark, it had to end with Lex and Clark. I always thought deep down it would work out so I could return. And that was one of the best days of my life. Emotional & nerve-wracking — it felt like day one again.
PW: Are you happy with how the show ends?
Michael: Very. But at the end of the day, it’s amazing that we get paid to do this – acting is such a gift. The fact people want to see me play a mythological evil superhero genius is incredible. I feel very lucky.
“Breaking In” airs tonight at 9:30 on Fox, while the two-hour “Smallville” series finale airs Friday at 8pm on The CW
Fox have released a new teaser for the next episode of Breaking in called ‘Take the movie and run’ which will air this wednesday in the US:
I have uploaded screencaps from the Breaking in episode that aired last night ‘White on white on white’ to the gallery click on the picture to see them:
Inspired by MR’s brilliant portrayal of Dutch in Breaking in I made some icons I have added them to the gallery as well as some I made from his film roles. Click the picture to see the mini-goodies
If you have any Michael fanart, wallpapers, icons etc and would like to see it in our gallery email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It didn’t take long for Smallville’s Lex Luthor to conquer his latest challenge, taking over new Fox show Breaking In.
Michael Rosenbaum, whose douchy-but-utterly-hilarious character Dutch briefly graced the pilot, has been brought more into the fold and simply stole the show in last night’s episode, ‘Need for Speed.’
Contra Security is hired by five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson when his racing headset becomes compromised with distracting music. The pit crew believes a rival has hacked his communications gear in order to gain an advantage on the star. It’s Contra’s job to go undercover and deduce who in the locker room is the mole.
As in the last two Contra projects, Cameron again steps up to lead this one, but only does so to get himself removed from the unfavorable annex seating that Oz has set him up with. The problem? He knows nothing about NASCAR, and quickly blows his cover. But guess who is the ultimate NASCAR fan and Jimmie Johnson fanboy? Of course, it’s Dutch, his nemesis and his crush’s boyfriend.
Rosenbaum had been peeking in and out of the show for the first two episodes, but this is the first time we get to see him past the hilarious one-liners and sight-gags. We come to find out that he’s not the ladies man we were led to believe; in fact, he’s quite endearing and cares about Melanie a lot. However, he’s lying to her about his job at a non-profit and she breaks up with him after finding out (from Cameron). When we see his apartment, it’s pretty much barren except for a neon blow-up couch. Dutch and Cameron develop somewhat of a symbiotic relationship as Dutch needs help getting back with Melanie and Cameron needs help with his NASCAR project.
On the side, Cash is busy thinking that he’s programmed a copy machine to be sentient and is scared that it’s going to go all Terminator on him (which timely timely given this is the date Skynet machine become aware). It turns out, that it’s another prank by Oz, who always seems to be up to something when it comes to his employees.
I’m glad to see that the show isn’t settling into any one formula, though it does seem to be finding its stride as a casual, approachable comedy. The laughs are there and the characters are becoming more fleshed out and comical, offsetting Christian Slater’s dry but great humor as Oz (Oh and that was a nice touch having him emerge from behind a Tron Arcade machine). One has to wonder how long this love triangle between Cameron, Melanie and Dutch will play out because it has pretty much been the centerpiece of the show thus far. But it’s good news that Dutch will be around more and interesting to see the battle for the most laughs between Oz, Dutch, Cameron and Cash.