Fox Pulls Breaking In From Its Schedule, Cancellation Is Imminent for Real This Time

On May 11 of last year, Fox canceled then-new series Breaking In only to later resurrect the show by ordering a second season. Just over 11 months later, Fox has essentially canceled the show again. The comedy has been pulled from Fox's schedule in the middle of Season 2 after its most recent episode, which aired on April 3, hit a 1.3 rating in the adult demo and drew just 2.6 million viewers.

Last year, the series got a miracle revival after being canceled, but that won't happen this year. Update your books, Breaking In is canceled for good this time. Fox will air repeats of New Girl in the show's place as it puts all of its eggs in Zooey Deschanel's basket.

Breaking In's revival was doomed from the start; this wasn't a Family Guy situation. In truth, it was Fox throwing its arms up and saying, "We got nothin' else... let's bring back Slater and cross our fingers." But the audience, which was minimal to begin with, never grew. As we've discussed before, Fox has 11 live-action comedy projects in the works and it's looking to build its comedy chops, so it didn't make sense to keep Breaking In around.


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Okay honestly i know this comment may be 2 years later but i just had to watch the first two seasons again because all i watch is cancelled shows because TV always cancels the greats because America has no talent creativity proper humor or any brain cells and they don’t like different or to think. right now that’s beside the point, see what I’m saying is i have to comment now because i just watched both seasons and felt mixed reviews. Here’s my opinion. In season 1 the show kicked off with a refreshing cast of cool characters and some new faces to acting well some that is. We know there were Christian slater and even Alyssa Milano Odette Annabelle and the dude who played in some teen movies. But overall the dynamic of the plot and the way the characters worked within it was an extremely clever humorous and entertaining show.
It had all the characteristics of a great comedy and a cool show to watch. it was paced nicely and didn’t rush but didn’t remain slow to some viewers tastes it progressed nicely keeping in mind that it was only its beginning and trying to create flow and rhythm in writing is different than when you have the beat or the rehearsing behind it. The actors and actresses played greatly together and the characters stood out so that everyone watching immediately picked favorites. Let me just say the Dutch the deuche bag was epic and freaking hilarious. Melanie was okay to start but after a few episodes in she became atrocious dull blatant and ignorant and i hate her "I’m a special kind of girl who makes it hard to get guys" kind of attitude i hat fucking nasty clone oddete. Slater’s character Oz was definitely cool and mysterious and the back ground characters gave that little extra oomph and laughter to the show the perfect blend of comedic timing and styles.
All the characters grew on me and so did the plot and i just couldn’t wait for the next big job in hopes that season 2 would bring more jobs and really kick off. And then it started... now don’t get me wrong season 2 was cool and i thought to myself great fuck off annoying Melanie oh no we might lose some viewers fuck them the show was still good a few episodes in even after the introduction of Megan mulluly and the British girl (god i feel so bad) i look up her name. Anyway the two clones. Megan mulluly brought that sass and young girl confused milf comedic timing and lines to the show and her assistant Erin Richards who portrayed the innocent yet eccentric well-mannered and collected prim and proper molly. I enjoyed both of them and their performances up until the 3 episode in season 2 i forgot to mention that what killed it for me as well was the weird 6:00 in intros.
It wasn’t too bad but i know there are some sticklers for this kind of thing out there. With that being said i could already see a decline in actual jobs/missions with the team and was also shocked to see no josh or Dutch present. The failed to really go into detail why. Megan started to really tick me off and she was annoying, i had my laughs as some of it was just too silly not to laugh at. the show indeed started to take a wrong turn into being purely as some have stated " an office style show" i don’t see the full resemblance but the shows dynamic became limited with the strict office settings. This is possible due to a smaller budget for the show or because money had to be given to all the new celebrities who would be appearing and starring in the show. None the less it wasn’t too bad but started to lack certain creativity.
the show should have most definitely took its roots mid-season 2 but didn’t really and rolled on like most television first season do. It was still good but felt like what breaking in might have been before the actual breaking in! Almost as if the scripts were set backwards and their grand idea to kick off the show fell flat. I started to get aggravated when characters well, characters became contradicting and past references or ideology’s made no sense with something new. Also how certain things weren’t being explained enough in a way that made the show and the dialog fit. it was also annoying to see mels face appear in the beginning of an episode and have all of us assume " oh ok so... she is there?" then have her leave again and appear again at another episodes scene where it’s like she was there all the time, but doing what? So she became well for me more annoying but i know it’s not necessarily her fault.
Lastly the character that everyone seems to hate for some odd reason molly the British girl was honestly good. What really ticked me off was that she was like the office $! ^# who was dragged and used around by everybody and there was never any closer. And then she had this whole blonde girl thing going on that for some reason her character seems to forget about how much she’s been psychologically manipulated for various demeaning reason that she ultimately forgives the team and goes on another wacky tobaccy mind fuck with them while they use the poor thing AGAIN! Then every episode was the same run around without any proper closer. Suddenly towards the end of season 2 it seems as though they got their feet once again with more character connection and clever writing and dialog with the star wars and geek stuff. And how missions where being done instead of sex and office trash. The episode was great and funny somewhat predictable and clichéd but good enough that we could ignore that and watch on.
The ending was a shocker because holy shit balls FAAAAACCCEEE! FREAKING DUTCH CAM E BACK! Awesome! I was so happy and thought well ok they got contra back the second season was a little midway kind a thing. Still would have been better off without the new additions and kick offs but hey it happened. And maybe could’ve lasted 2 or 3 episodes rather than a whole season but ok it happened.
So what’s next well suddenly it seemed as though hope was restored (no pun intended to you star wars fans) and they would go back to the beginning (no pun intended to you back to the future fans) oh and "boom goes the dynamite" (I’m a clever one aren’t i?). So the beginning but with new and improved concepts and jobs. And a whole new line of comedy. But that was it that was all we got. no personally I’d be willing to write and direct the 3rd season myself as well as many other shows that are no cancelled some being cartoons of course but i could get anyone to draw those. So anyways I’d like to say some ideas that i know would put breaking in back on top. To do this we must look at key points of interest in the show. now obviously those would be comedy fans the whole entire 80's and 90's generation stuff the hot girls making appearances and of course the cool tech stuff and the action with Oz and new breaking in security jobs.
Those four point scan be combined quite easily into writing to fill the gaps and get working on what made the show great and what gave it weight. now I’m not going to release my ideas but i will say i have them and I’ll be waiting to add them to my collection of entire season of shows that i have written collection in case i ever become famous. Lastly i feel somewhat strongly about this show because it’s not just the show itself but what it represents. Lol that was a quote from the show by the way cool! but to all the greats that have been canceled we need a fresh start and we need to see more good shows instead of the crap TV fills us up with today! If a show is going to be a show so be it. real or fiction as long as it is entertaining non-threatening non overly sexual claims its audience appropriately doesn’t sell out to subliminal messages and stays within its creation to give the viewer something to relate to or be interested in on a purely fictional basis. This was just another show but i stand for all shows when i say STOP FUCKING CANCELING THEM!
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just in case for all you illiterates out there let me rephrase this line "Also how certain things weren’t being explained enough in a way that made the show and the dialog fit" to this, "there were some poor explanations and lack of details to things that didn't quite make the dialog or the plot fit with what the overall message was".
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Watched the final episode and thoroughly enjoyed it. Star War spoofing was hilarious, last 2 episodes were the best of season 2, Mel returned, appearance of Peter Matthews, best of Oz. Shame the seires ended, thought with reappearance of Mel would save it.
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dont know why but the cast keep living the show :/
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fuck u fox

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Screw you fox. like seriously!

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this really hurts. i'm one of those people with nothing good in life and so i live vicariously through the stories in tv and movies i watch and the ones i read in books. i didnt realize 2.6 million was that low but i obviously know nothing about ratings. i just know there's been plenty of great shows that have been cancelled since the invention of dvr and so they desperately need to figure out a way to track what's dvr'd so they can add those figures to the ratings. i'm not saying that it'd have saved breaking in but maybe some otherss shows from the past and the future.
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I love this show. The cast has amazing chemistry and honestly it's hillarious!!!
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I don't understand why they took Oz off as the boss. That was his charm, he was the one that got them to work in his company because he was so good at what he did to catch them. The new boss is horrible. And making Mel leave was a joke, now its all about office politics and not doing the jobs. And the few jobs they have done are weak sauce.



I don't get why they canceled it from its great first season then bring it back in the format we have now. Maybe if FOX stopped trying to mess with the creators of a show and stop telling them what to do maybe just maybe people would stay to watch. They pulled this same crap with Firefly, they where told to air it in a specific way and they told Joss oh no we do it the way we want to do it. And Firefly had no advertisement. The sad part is Season 1 of Breaking Bad got what 7 to 8 million viewers but that's not even good enough for FOX anymore because they are greedy.



Maybe if movie and tv company's stopped messing with directors and production. They might just make money.
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Breaking In had a great 1st season and you knew Cameron would try to get with Mel in the 2nd. In this season they have introduced two annoying characters and have the lovely Mel leave. Now there is no point in watching. Oz should be the boss and Mel should be the love interest, not the 'fake' British accent girl.
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I don't mind the british girl, but the other one makes my skin crawl.
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1st season was awesome. If they had just kept it the exact same then maybe it would have actually done better *sigh*
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was a decent filler , wont really miss it , bring back reaper w/ slater as the devil , that id watch
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glad to see it go. waste of tv space
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The new additions did absolutely nothing to help the show. Instead it made it a lot worse. They totally lost their focus on doing the "breaking in" stuff, relegating the show to crappy office politics. The new owner was totally not funny and annoying. It was almost as if they had the same writers who wrote the 2nd season of Human Target.
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never saw. don't like Christian Slater since Heathers so.. hopefully they pull of another success like New Girl (not the same show, just another good one).
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never watched it dont care
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tell us more about what you don't watch and dont care about...fascinating!
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This show needs to utilize Christian Slater more. He seems to be an after thought and occasionally pops up just to remind us that he's on the show.
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I like Christian Slater, but I don't think this was a good fit for him in terms of TV shows. I like "the Forgotten" and "My own worst enemy" better.
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I agree with everyone's comments. It went from a spy show to an office comedy. The new characters weren't a good enough replacement for the old. Oz wasn't supposed to play second fiddle to someone. And Mullaly just didn't fit. Losing Odette was huge too. It took out the one long running storyline. I still laughed at some things. But it wasn't the same.



I don't understand why they just don't air the remaining episodes. You already pay for them to be made. Might as well show them.
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I agree with everyone here. Season one was very entertaining, in fact, it was one my favorite sitcoms of prior season. Season 2? Not entertaining, really.
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They gave the show the Human Target treatment - they took a show that had a dynamic that worked perfectly after season 1 and then added unneccessary new characters that ruined the dynamic for season 2. Megan Mullaly was gratingly bad and didn't make me laugh once, and the British chick came off as pretentious and not believable. Making Creepy Aunt Carol a more focal character was a bad move also - she worked much better as a background character.



Much like Human Target, I was begging for Breaking In to be cancelled a few episodes into season 2 - when a show becomes a chore to watch, and no longer enjoyable, I'm out...Great Job Fox!
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I do agree that the dynamic change ruined BI but I still thought the second season of HT was fantastic.
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Eh, I liked the auto tuner bit. It was STUPID, but it made me laugh.



Beyond that, I wasn't a fan of her ON THE SHOW. I think she's a funny comedian in general, I just wasn't digging all of her scenes here.
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As far as I am concerned Breaking In ended after season 1. Season 2 was a different show altogether. Absolutely awful idea putting someone over OZ. Fox screwed themselves by letting 2 key pieces to the cast to move on, due to renewal delays.
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i will miss this show.. honestly. :(
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Again?! Geez, FOX, if you want people to not think that your head is up your ass, then stop putting it up there! Do you even like your own programs, well, besides American Idol and The X Factor?
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I say that another network picks it up, brings back the old characters, gets new writers and puts it back to where it was (ACTUALLY FUNNY AND EXCITING).
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Fox deserves standing applause - they did all they could to kill the awesome show: absense of key interesting characters, new boring ones, the total new (also boring) script, etc, etc... Finally they got what they wanted - bad ratings and cancellation. They think they proved their point to the fans - it IS a bad show. As if we don't remember the awesome 1st season...



My point: you can kill EVERY show if you want. Just change the New Girl Zooey for another actress (Prepon, ugh...) and I will see what ratings you'll get!
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So much for getting the creative control back from the idiot Fox execs after episode 5. Wonder how much better those episodes are? Guess we'll never know.....
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Meh. I liked season one better. I generally like Megan Mullally, but her character was just plain annoying and Melanie should've stayed.
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Melanie was gonna be back in the next episode
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I was actually surprised how much I missed Dutch and Josh but they did leave a huge gap with their absence. Breaking In was a fantastic show in its first season but Fox totally ruined it. The blonde wasn't SO bad, and I get that Odette had other engagements, but Megan Mullaly only has one character that she can play and it's just plain NOT FUNNY! I don't get how everyone says she's a comic genius, she's annoying and ear-stabbingly grating.

Makes me glad for the first time EVER that Firefly didn't get a second season. They probably would have written out Jayne, Simon and River and replaced Inara with Paris Hilton turned Captain.

But hey, at least they were still Breaking In....oh wait, no they weren't.
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It was not funny. Season 1 had something, something I enjoyed. But they killed it when they decided to market it to a larger audience. I would never have thought the addition of Megan Mullaly would be a bad thing, but it really was. That and the utter destruction of all that was interesting about Oz. I cancelled it myself after the last episode.
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A big part of the problem was Fox dicking around and having "too many cooks in the kitchen". The first season was phenomenal, but just lacked notoriety. Removing several of the awesome key characters really killed the awesome cult show they had originally, and turned it into an Office 2.0, rather than a unique and fun show. They really just needed to give the original a chance, and some decent advertisement, and they could have had a winner on their hands.
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Bring back the Breaking-In part & it will be great. Lets get out theire and do what they are paid to do. Break into places.
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the 1st season was actually better than the 2nd. removing Odette Annable and Micheal Rosenbaum made a huge difference. no more tension and the stupid british blonde sucks. Megan Mulally was okay at best. TL; DR - Odette Annable > Blonde British chick
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FOX is getting smarter, they don't anger the fans by immediately cancelling a show, but they make the fans hate the show so no one would bother if they cancelled it.
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Exactly. They made a funny 1st season which I was mad about being cancelled an annoying 2nd season which I'm begging to be cancelled...

I bet the geniuses who changed the show into another annoyingly stupid show is getting promotions and bonuses for their great work...
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I blame the blonde British chick for being incredibly dull and Megan Mulally's character for being friggin annoying. Seriously every time she came on screen it was just groan worthy. Not to mention Odette Annable leaving was just the icing on the cake. I'll stick with season 1 thank you.
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i was really upset when they originally cancelled it. was happy when i heard it would be back. was disappointed when it came back without two main cast members, brought in a unlikable (in this role) mullaly and even lost yustman later to top it off. i'll miss season one which was too short but wont miss season two.
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I liked the show primarily because I had enjoyed Reaper, but once Odette Annable left it was clear the show was over.
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I won't miss it, the new format has transform it from a mission impossible LITE comedy to an office gossip comedy and the new boss character was so annoying I wanted to punch her in the face through the screen. The new characters has basically sinked the show instead of rescuing it. To the one that invented new characters: feel free to jump now, the are a lot of bridges looking for jumpers. The only way this show could be saved was if had more jumping through lasers, sneaking trough ducts, scaling walls and less office "will they? are they?" between the hacker and the bike girl. Now it's too late, writers don't let the bridge ledge hurt you on the way down.
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poor christian, this is his what's 4th' show to be cancelled?
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2nd season did not make me laugh once, and the first season was so great. I dont know what happend, but nothing and i mean nothing was funny and mulally sadly was just annoying as hell and not in the intended funny kind of way but in the omg wtf go away already way.
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Fox just brought it back to shut us up!!! They made it not funny so no one would be up in arms for it being cancelled!!! BS!!!!
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It was really enjoyable, but I quit watching after Odette Annable left. Oh well.
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Breaking In WAS great. The theme song was great. So what so they do? Shorten the theme song, and mess with everything. So sad. I couldn't stand to watch the new season anymore. Here's one for ya......IF IT AINT BROKE DON'T FIX IT!
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I have to agree with the majority of the commenters here; the show was funnier in season 1, and all of the retooling and especially the addition of Megan Mullally just ruined most of it.

I still think the show was quite enjoyable, but god was Mullally's character unfunny and annoying! And I actually happen to like her most of the times, but she really really didn't fit in this show.

I am still going to miss it though. Even with all of its faults, it was still better than a lot of other comedies on tv...
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I liked the first season, now they changed it and it's boring. They're not "breaking in" in anything and the show is centered on that annoying lady! Wonder why they brought it back if only to destroy it!
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Poor Odette, losing two shows in one season.
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Fox are like a bad relationship I can't stop going back to. I think its going to be better this time and start really getting into a show then they dump it when I least expect. LAME.



All they have to do is end Fringe and New Girl and I think I'll end the relationship for good.
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I blame this new cancellation to the changes they made to the show. The Megan Mulally character sucked from the beginning and the departure of Odette Anable was even worse. This show had a lot of potential but FOX struck again! What can we expect from the network that cancelled Firefly and Arrested Development.. Bunch of idiots.
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WORD! If only I could rep you twice.
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Fox is reclaiming it's title as the cancellation King. I should never have forgiven it for what they did to Firefly.
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Megan Mulally...i blame her character..God! she annoyed me to no end!.

I could have gotten used to her British assistant but not the Mulally character. she destroyed the office dynamics and she was NOT likable.



Its okay, i can watch Cece and Schmidt over and over again!. Cece rocks!. Yeah, that's why i watch New girl.
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I blame the casting of Megan Mulally and the blonde chick they brought with her. Everything was cool just the way it was in Season 1.
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actually the Molly character had potential
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