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Fox Cancels Alcatraz Renews Touch

Dropping the Axe

By Robert T. Trate     May 10, 2012
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Fox has kicked off its renewals, giving a second season to Touch and canceling freshman dramas Alcatraz and Bones spinoff The Finder after one season.

From Heroes creator Tim Kring and marking 24 star Kiefer Sutherland's return to series television, the drama Touch previewed in January after American Idol, drawing a 3.9 in the demo and 12 million viewers.

Returning two months later in its regular slot on Thursdays at 9 p.m. after the Idol results show, the drama about a father whose mute son can see events in the past, present and future using a series of numbers held on to much of its viewership but has tumbled in the weeks since. The 20th Television-produced drama, which launched globally day and date, maintains strong property for the network and studio internationally.

Despite a pedigree including J.J. Abrams, freshman drama Alcatraz -- about San Francisco's infamous prison and its mysterious former inmates -- will not move forward. The Monday series, despite an impressive launch in January (3.3 in the demo and 10 million total viewers), the serial drama starring Sarah Jones and Lost's Jorge Garcia tumbled considerably during its 10-week run, ending with a fraction of its initial viewership: 1.5 in the demo and 4.7 million viewers. For its part, Fox will remain in business with Abrams, having recently greenlit Fringe for a fifth and final season of 13 episodes.

The Finder, from Hart Hanson and starring Geoff Stults, failed to pull viewers of the Fox flagship to it on Thursdays at 9 p.m. against heavy competition in the hour from established hits Grey's Anatomy and The Office and fellow freshman entry Person of Interest. After averaging about 6 million viewers in the slot, the drama was moved to Fridays at 8, with a recent installment notching a series low.

Fox has previously renewed American Dad, Bones, The Cleveland Show, Fringe, Glee, Kitchen Nightmares, New Girl, Raising Hope and The Simpsons.

Was it a good Call Maniacs? Who watched Alcatraz? At least Fringe can finish out the right way.


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Radar2018 5/10/2012 9:51:44 AM

 Yet another reason to stop watching fox. except for Fringe.... *facepalm*

z13thapostle 5/10/2012 9:55:53 AM

I'm pissed that they cancelled Alcatraz... I was looking forward to that show! "Touch" is SO STUPID!!!! How is that crap more interesting than "Alcatraz"????? Now we will never know what the hell happened. Goddammit!

Roqueja 5/10/2012 10:19:54 AM

Alcatraz was good, with tons of potential.  It just never delivered on the potential.  It became too structured and formulaic.  Introduce bad guy of the week, tie him to his past and his relationship with the warden, catch the bad guy and put him back in prison.  The real story with Sam Neil never saw the light, and the warden was a great character.  Too bad they messed this one up, it had a chance to be something awesome.

ztigr 5/10/2012 10:32:46 AM

 I liked Alcatraz, the finder was watchable, though I saw it getting tiresome real quick. A show getting picked up by Fox is like it getting picked up by a serial killer while hitch hiking, you get a short ride and it ends badly.

Tevii 5/10/2012 11:40:08 AM

Fox cancelled something???????? NO WAY!!!!!

I dont even watch Fox anymore for this reason. If something survives then I catch it on DVD. Otherwise Im sick of getting into a show they just cancel.

Mossy1221 5/10/2012 12:20:52 PM

My wife just asked me yesterday about Alcatraz.  And she even made the comment "I hope they dont cancel that too."  And here I read....  Too bad.  I was looking forward to another round with Alcatraz.   

xJokersxWildx 5/10/2012 12:27:35 PM

Fox is the worst network on the planet lol Yeah Dollhouse over TTSCC panned out great for ya didn't it . Stupid fools !

SarcasticCaveman 5/10/2012 12:56:52 PM

 I honestly didn't care for it, myself...seemed like a mediocre mash up of Lost and Fringe to me.

jackwagon 5/10/2012 1:15:09 PM

I gave Alcatraz a shot for the first four weeks or so, but it was way too much of a procedural for my tastes.  Like Roqueja said, it followed the same formula every week.  I see no reason why Fox deserves any negative backlash for cancelling either show since neither of them were ratings hits (and neither show was bounced around the schedule either, unlike series like Firefly or Fringe).

ThrillerSam 5/10/2012 2:48:35 PM

I liked the first handful of episodes of Alcatraz and got excited about it... but then it really did become to formulaic and lost it's apeal. I got behind on my DVR and never wanted to get caught up. I actually really enjoy Touch and I see bits a pieces of things to come in future episodes the way that Lost did and that keeps me coming back... plus just interested to see how they will be able to continue to do it and keep it interesting. Never got to see The Finder, but wanted to. I love Bones.

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