Fox Benches Breaking In For May Sweeps

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Fox is cutting Breaking In‘s second season short.

The network announced late Wednesday that it was pulling the struggling Christian Slater comedy from its Tuesday night schedule for the remainder of the season. 

On April 24, May 1 and May 8, Breaking In‘s post New Girl 9:30/8:30c timeslot will be filled by repeats of, you guessed it, New Girl. A Fox rep says the remaining episodes of Breaking In‘s second season will air “at a later date.”

The series — which was brought back to life at the last minute over the summer — drew less than 3 million viewers in its most recent telecast on April 3.



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Comments (75)

  • Outrage, dare I say.

    Comment by Lance – April 11, 2012 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’ll allow it.

      Comment by wordsmith – April 11, 2012 07:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • A college friend is one of the leads on this show. I feel bad for him, but he’s so unbelievably funny, he could really use a better vehicle.

      Comment by angelsrc79 – April 12, 2012 09:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was a mercy killing. This season has been so horrific compared with the last that I can’t even imagine what the producers were thinking.
    In other news, does Odette Annable win some kind of award for having 2 shows canceled out from under her in the same season?

    Comment by Rob – April 11, 2012 07:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I love this show, but I kind of have to agree about the quality. Most of the changes seem to have made the show worse, not better. Especially, no offense to a great actress, the addition of Megan Mullaly.
      I understand they were going for a whole Michael Scott – Office vibe, but it REALLY isn’t working. The fact that it allowed them to add Molly is some consolation, but it’s not enough to make up for it, particularly with the departure of Odette’s character.

      Comment by wordsmith – April 11, 2012 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree. You can’t blame Megan Mullaly. She was playing the character she was given. I blame the producers and writers not the cast.

        Comment by Rob – April 11, 2012 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree, I really liked the show when it first aired but couldn’t get past the first 2 episodes with the new cast

        Comment by jenna – April 11, 2012 08:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree completely. Everything that was fun about this show died with the changes. The faux sexy Megan, demoted Christian, etc. — disasterous rewrite. I would prefer season 1 reruns to this stuff.

          Comment by cathiecat – April 12, 2012 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Couldn’t agree more. Megan Mullaly is awesome, but making Veronica the boss of previously omniscient and unfallible Oz just didn’t make sense plotwise. It destroyed the whole character dynamics of the show. They should have brought her in as a new employee or maybe someone’s relative. That would have added to the character mix instead of destroying the vibe.
        Also, season one has set the geek-appeal bar very high. Season two didn’t really measure up in comparison when it came to jokes and pop culture references.
        My guess is that the creators (or the network?) believed the low ratings during season one were due to people not understanding some of the jokes and/or disliking some characters, and so they changed that. But the truth is, ratings during season one were low because most people only ever found out that the show existed after it was already cancelled. And all of them said they loved it when shown some episodes. So, the smart way to go about season two would have been to keep things as they were, because people clearly liked it that way. I bet ratings would have been way higher then.

        Comment by nicky – April 12, 2012 12:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree with the sentiment that this season is not good. The decision to make it a primarily office-based comedy and changing the status of Oz really wrecked the show.

        Losing Michael Rosenbaum was also a big blow to the series.

        Comment by Todd – April 12, 2012 06:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • No Dutch = No reason to watch!

          Comment by Served – May 4, 2012 06:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This show was really good last season. This season has just been painful to watch. TPTB should have just left it alone!

      Comment by Spikenalabama – April 12, 2012 09:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not cool at all. Love this show. Fox can’t cancel it a second time :(

    Comment by Jen – April 11, 2012 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • and they wonder why it struggles? leave it on the air! stupid!

    Comment by Lisa – April 11, 2012 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Friggin Megan Mullally or whatever the crap her name is KILLED this show. Horrible casting decision. Horrible.

    Comment by Hyde – April 11, 2012 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Christian Slater TV series curse continues…

    Comment by PaulH – April 11, 2012 07:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • For once I don’t feel Christian Slater is to blame for the cancellation. I blame the cast changes for this.

      Comment by LLL – April 12, 2012 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Breaking In isn’t very good anymore anyway. Odette is gone, they don’t do “capers” anymore. It doesn’t deserve a timeslot. The first season was excellent though, they should have left it alone.

    Comment by Kosmo – April 11, 2012 07:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No, that’s just not fair. Breaking In was starting to get really good. They had the Alyssa Milano episode coming, Melanie was suppose to be coming back, and the Heathers episode hadn’t aired yet.

    Comment by Katrina B. – April 11, 2012 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Okay , casting people, do you get the message yet? NO more Christian Slater!!! Got it?

    Comment by Jrs – April 11, 2012 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Shiiiiiiit. No more Megan Mullally.

      Comment by Sg.Grant – April 11, 2012 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Christian Slater was not to blame for the cancellation of this show. He played Oz perfectly. The show was great. I couldn’t wait for it to come back. Then they cast what ever her name is, and screwed the vibe all up. Do not blame Christian Slater for this!! Blame the writers and the network!!!

      Comment by TWD – July 19, 2012 03:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The first season cast was perfect. Adding Megan Mullally and her British assistant have not helped. I’ve been losing more and more interest as the new season went on. I’m not surprised by this. Such a shame.

    Comment by Abe – April 11, 2012 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was a fan of the show the first season, but the quality just went way down this season. Have they actually, uhhh, broken into anything?

    Comment by Alex – April 11, 2012 07:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This season has been a shell of what the show used to be

    Comment by Jeff – April 11, 2012 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Although I enjoyed it last season, the surprise second-season renewal really shocked me! After watching this season’s episodes, I wonder why they bothered. Megan Mullally’s arrival turned this into just another office comedy. I’m kind of glad they’ve put it out of my misery.

    Comment by TV Gord – April 11, 2012 07:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Noooo. Why, Fox? I agree that the show hasn’t been as good lately (the first season was pure gold) but give it a chance.

    Comment by Alex – April 11, 2012 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not even Meghan Mullally can save this dud.

    Comment by cjeffery7 – April 11, 2012 07:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Save? She was the reason this season sucked.

      Comment by TheDude – April 11, 2012 08:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Truer words have never been typed.

        Comment by Kristine – April 11, 2012 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • well someone thought she could save it… bad move.

        Comment by cjeffery7 – April 11, 2012 09:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Pulling it? I didn’t even realize it had cone back. I kinda liked the previous season, but it sounds like I shouldn’t even bother with this season.

    Comment by JeffDJ – April 11, 2012 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved the 1st season, now, not so much!

    Comment by Janet Marie – April 11, 2012 07:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • His last show The Forgotten was great. The problem with most shows now, is that they take so many breaks that fans don’t know when there are going to be new episodes. As a fan of quite a few shows, it is frustrating. It is easier to deal with because I just DVR only the new episodes, but if a show were to go straight through without breaks (unless its Christmas, Independence Day, or New Years), viewership would grow for every show. Just some thoughts.

    Comment by mug5330 – April 11, 2012 07:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree with you. It’s become very trendy to have multiple long breaks(5+ weeks)in the spring as well as in the fall. I know that long breaks have caused me to drop shows before. Sometimes you find a better show to watch. It’s dangerous territory to send a show on hiatus.

      Comment by Avi – April 12, 2012 05:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I tried so hard to like this show, I really like the actors. It’s not them. I can’t sit through it anymore.

    Comment by Linda Lou – April 11, 2012 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I blame FOX for canceling it the first time. It was PERFECT, and then they decided to cancel it for most likely some very irrational reason and decided to bring it back and “rework” it. If they hadn’t canceled it the first time, the original cast and plot would’ve likely remained as it was – perfect. I don’t mind the new cast members, but I think introducing them and the new plot was too soon. Thanks, but no thanks FOX. In the end, you did not do this show any favors!!

    Comment by Karen Datangel – April 11, 2012 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s a shame (though I figured as much when no episode aired last week), the latest episode was actually a huge improvement of the other episodes so far this season, and started to show shades of the awesomeness that was season 1. Was really hoping to see the Alyssa Milano ep. Loved her as Oz’s wife.

    Comment by tash – April 11, 2012 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sad to say I don’t blame them. They’ve ruined it with the changes. When it was first on, it was clever and hilarious and then they changed the cast and it tanked. Never should have messed with it.

    Comment by Kristine – April 11, 2012 08:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Christian Slater TV series curse continues…

    Comment by George2k – April 11, 2012 08:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Don’t blame Christian Slater curse for this one. FOX screwed with the formula and tanked the show. They didn’t want it back in the first place so they probably did it intentionally.

      Comment by Kristine – April 11, 2012 08:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t agree with the cancellation after season one, but I also didn’t agree with the direction of the show after they renewed it. Megan Mullally would normally be great casting (she’s super talented and funny), but the character she played seemed to ruin the format of the show. Without any capers and frankly, nothing else ‘breaking in’ related, the show was nothing more than an office comedy without any funny jokes. I was willing to stick with it for now until Odette Annabelle (gorgeous and talented) left the show so abruptly. With so many casting changes and the entire point of the show being more or less ignored, I’m not surprised it’s being cancelled again. It was worth a shot though. Fox, this time though, leave it dead and buried.

    Comment by not_the_same_anymore – April 11, 2012 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • :( Sad day!

    Comment by Jenny – April 11, 2012 09:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael Rosenbaum made this show good. Another show he left that went downhill after his departure.

    Comment by Richie – April 11, 2012 09:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Rosie made the show tolerable. Haven’t bothered tuning in since he left.

      Comment by Dee – April 12, 2012 04:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh sad day! Maybe they should`ve kick started it for the summer. I really wish that MR had returned for the 2nd season. Let`s hope that they eventually put it back on later.

    Comment by Heather – April 11, 2012 10:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I enjoy the show but there are a few things that are missing that the first season had, one is Melanie and two is going out on actual jobs and doing work. It seems like all the episodes so far are about getting to know the new people without doing any security work.

    Comment by Chris – April 11, 2012 10:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As usual, Fox decides to mess with a show the internet/geekscape loved because they think we’re not really worth getting behind. Taking all the parts that were loved about the show and throwing them out is NOT a way to make things better!

    Just make sure you put out the complete series DVD of both seasons so I can enjoy and see how its all supposed to end.

    Comment by Evan – April 12, 2012 01:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah, Fox didn’t give this show a show. The funny thing about this is that the womanization of this show was their idea. Like the rest of you, I prefer the first season and I’ll always be able to hold THAT with me, not so much for season 2. Sucks because I heard some missions were coming soon.

    Comment by angela – April 12, 2012 03:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • DDDDUUUUUTTTTTCCCCCHHHHH

    Comment by tsi431 – April 12, 2012 04:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I miss him, too. Best part of the show imo

      Comment by angela – April 13, 2012 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sadly, the premise and title of the show were lost with the second season. Breaking In…they haven’t done any this season. The intricate plans to break in to places were some of the best parts of season one.

    Comment by Mimi – April 12, 2012 05:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This season hasn’t even felt like the same show, no jobs, no Dutch. They just ruined it by changing everything :p

    Comment by Lisa – April 12, 2012 06:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I enjoyed the first season, but after seeing a few clips of this season, I had no interest anymore. It looked like a different show with those changes. I also didn’t care as much for it since it didn’t have Dutch.

    Comment by Liz – April 12, 2012 06:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watched the show last season but when they cut back the episode order and then cancelled the show and then brought it back without some of the original cast I did not tune in this season and then to get benched to me sounds like they should not have brought it back. I am a huge Christian Bale fan but he just has not luck with tv, 3 shows in 4 years have not lasted!

    Comment by sarah – April 12, 2012 07:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They changed too much. We don’t want a “The Office” clone. We wanted crazy capers and the omnipotent Oz. The Veronica character doesn’t work, Mullally is forcing it. What they need is a caper episode where Oz gets back control of the comany by bringing back the old cast. And they can keep Erin Richards.

    Comment by Thionite – April 12, 2012 08:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It really needs Dutch back, he stole the show.

    Comment by Talmidge Mcgulliger – April 12, 2012 09:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well it might help if Fox advertised it at all…This is the first I’ve ever heard of this show, and it’s not like I don’t pay attention to TV. Then again, the only things I watch on Fox are Idol and Fringe, because I gave up trying to follow any of their other shows since everything gets canceled so quickly.

    Comment by Ruby – April 12, 2012 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • cancelled again im guessing?

    Comment by William – April 12, 2012 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like this show, but the new boss woman, whatever her name is, is just terrible. She annoys me. They took most of the fun of the first season and grafted some crap instead. Sorry to see it leave.

    Comment by Stormcrow – April 12, 2012 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show should have never came back without Michael Rosenbaum on board.

    Comment by Brendan – April 12, 2012 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m disappointed that in trying to resurrect this show, they sabotaged it from the start. Oz should have always remained the boss along with his motley crew headed by Cameron & Cash. Michael Rosenbaum as Dutch should have been brought back at least as a recurring character. As good as Megan Mulally is, her talents were wasted here. Perhaps Veronica should have appeared as an arch nemesis[security co.] I’ve liked Christain Slater over the years, but he really needs some help negotiating for a TV show that will last. Breaking In HAS potential if they could find a show runner/producers/writers that really want to produce good quality sit-com. Maybe they could pitch it along side of Wilfred on FX[also owned by Fox] for the same 12-13 ep. run in basic cable.

    Comment by reebus856 – April 12, 2012 01:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would like to see that (alongside Wilfred)

    Comment by Martim – April 12, 2012 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • or with Anger Management

    Comment by Martim – April 12, 2012 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s too bad. I actually got a few of my friends and family to watch this “season” and they loved it. AND I was really looking forward to the “Heathers” ep. Shame on you FOX… but after this, I guess I am done with this network.

    Comment by cacusc98 – April 12, 2012 06:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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…

    Comment by RandomJ – April 12, 2012 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I laughed and smiled plenty with the first season; however, this one has just felt like someone was deliberately trying to kill it. I’d be pushed to laugh out loud once during an ep. I very much missed Dutch and Megan Mullaly’s character felt jammed into the show. It just didn’t feel the same or better. I’m sad to say it, but it deserves cancellation if it were to keep on like that anyways.

    Comment by Cate (@FandomeCafe) – April 12, 2012 10:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why does the world hate Christan Slater?! Don’t worry bro, I still love you.

    Comment by Dave – April 13, 2012 11:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show was great in the first season. I have watched the second season but have not been happy about it. Megans character doesnt fit the show. The show is about breaking in to test security and that whole concept hasnt even been shown.
    Liked the show originally. Put it back the way it was!

    Comment by Bean – April 15, 2012 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • First House ends this summer, then Terra Nova cancelled, then Breaking In got fu*ked up this season, and then you give us sh*t like Alcatraz and Touch while putting Fringe in the line of fire??? All you dusches at Fox care only about American Idol and other reality sh*t. Thanks, but no thanks, Fox.

    Comment by Sen – April 16, 2012 05:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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