Breaking In, which was this year's mid-season fan favorite comedy has done what only Family Guy has accomplished: It has come back from cancellation death.
The show starred Brett Harrison as slacker-hacker, Cameron Price working for Christian Slater's Oz, an eccentric puppet master of a security company whose job is to breach and hack their clients to test their protection.
Its quirkiness and nerdy, pop-culture, and meme-centric nature quickly made it a cult favorite. However, despite (or possibly due to) Fox network attaching its timeslot to the tail end of this season's American Idol, the show found itself starved for ratings and was ultimately canceled.
However, someone high up on the food chain still thought there was something there.
As Fox Entertainment president, Kevin Reilly stated last month before the deal went in place:
“We all liked Breaking In but…we had to make a judgment call. It still has a shot. You know what? Stranger things have happened.”
Fortunately, those words would actually foreshadow the show's Lazarus-like status. According to Deadline, while the deal is still in its final stages, the show will be revived with a 13 episode run, and will hit mid-season (early 2012) once again.
Additionally, the show's visibility may be indirectly upgraded since star, Odette Annable will also be joining the cast of House in what was supposed to be her post-Breaking In gig. The schedule for the run on House will apparently be able to accommodate both shows. Thus, the medical drama powerhouse may help the struggling, newly-revived comedy get some traction with the gorgeous cat burglar on two Fox shows simultaneously.
Could this be a sign that TV executives are finally learning that jumping the gun on cancellation tends to kill shows that could have been classics?