‘Breaking In’ Gets a Third Chance and a Second Season at FOX

This past spring saw the premiere and hasty cancellation of the Christian Slater-starring comedy Breaking In. The show aired on FOX and despite critical praise, it failed to maintain most of its audience once it moved to a new time slot and losing its American Idol lead in.

This is all after the show’s rocky production history where FOX nixed the program after the pilot was shot, but then revived it for its seven episode spring run. Many analysts have stated that the show wasn’t given a fair chance on the network with its extremely short run and time slot stumbling. That ‘s why the impossible might just be happening as FOX is in the tail end of a deal reviving the show for a 13-episode second season.

In order to achieve this renewal according to Deadline, FOX “joined Sony TV in shouldering the cost for extending the cast’s options and then put Breaking In on the list of contenders for its 2-hour midseason comedy block.”

This new deal of course comes on the heals of Sony’s money troubles with its hit show Breaking Bad, so one could conceive that much of what Sony learned on that deal they brought to the Breaking In signing.

I was personally a huge fan of the show. The combination of Adam Goldberg’s writing and a shared spotlight between Christian Slater and Bret Harrison made for one of the best comedies to premiere last season. Deadline points out that with this renewal, Breaking In is the only show other than Family Guy to be resurrected post-cancellation, twice.

With CHUCK ending its five year-run this season, it looks like Breaking In is going to become the new “bubble show” that no one puts any faith in but always manages to squeak by in the eleventh hour.