Fox axes 'The Chicago Code,' 'Human Target,' 'Lie to Me,' 'Breaking In,' and 'Traffic Light'

It’s the Wednesday morning massacre. Word came in the wee hours that nary a one of the Fox network maybe-yes, maybe-no series made it through the selection process for next fall.

All five of Fox’s “bubble” shows got the ax. Each one has strong partisans, and there is sure to be wailing and gnashing of teeth, especially among those who prefer a little creativity in their television. Simon Cowell’s big, bad X Factor – yet another take on the star-is-born competition show, which is sure to be a huge hit now that Paula Abdul has been signed as a judge-coach –needs plenty of fall room.

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Jennifer Beals and Jason Clarke in "The Chicago Code."

I’ll miss the stirring Chicago Code, starring Jennifer Beals and Jason Clarke, the most. Close behind is Human Target, where Jackie Early Haley and Chi McBride provided wry support for security dude Mark Valley. McBride has more bounce than the ball at a Sixers game, and he should be back in a trice. We’ll have to hold our breath about Haley.

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Christian Slater strikes out again. The once-popular movie star has had no luck on TV, and his Breaking In sitcom, which had decent ratings, continues the streak. Fox has also canceled Traffic Light, one of an epidemic of cute-couple sitcoms that broke out this season, and Lie to Me, which had been hanging from a string almost since it premiered two years ago.

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