With the network TV upfronts just days away, we're already starting to see final decisions made on the fate of the many pilots in development. Of course, to make room for the new, underperforming series have to be cut. Earlier today, we learned that Fox had given series orders to three comedy pilots. And tonight, it's been reported that one freshman drama has been renewed for a second season, while two others have been given the ax.
First, the good news. TV Line is reporting that Fox has opted to renew the Kiefer Sutherland starring Touch for a second season. The drama series has Sutherland playing the father of a boy who doesn't speak but proves to have extraordinary mental abilities involving numbers. This story is tied into a web of other stories introduced each week as we see how lives can touch all over the world. TVLine sounds confident about the news of the series' renewal, though the site does say a Fox rep declined to comment. We may have to wait until next week's upfront presentation for the official word.
Meanwhile, it's bad news for Alcatraz and The Finder. TVLine reports that both dramas have been cancelled. Alcatraz is produced by J.J. Abrams and centers on Alcatraz prison and a mysterious disappearance of prisoners and guards in 1963, who suddenly begin to resurface in the present day. The series started off with decent ratings, but its viewership declined week after week, with the last episode airing at the end of March. It's cancellation isn't all that surprising, but fans who stuck with the show are likely to be disappointed.
Bones spin-off The Finder didn't get off to nearly as solid a start as Alcatraz had in the ratings, however it did seem to improve over the course of the first few weeks, but slid back down again after a month-long hiatus and a move to Fridays. The series' last episode airs this Friday night.
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