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Megan Mullally Joins Cast of 'Breaking In'

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 4th 2011 3:00PM
Megan Mullally Breaking In'Breaking In' is getting a dose of Karen Walker: Megan Mullally has joined the cast of the recently revived Fox comedy.

According to Deadline, Mullally will be a series regular on the show, but the deal allows her to continue her role on Adult Swim's 'Children's Hospital' and her recurring gigs on NBC's 'Parks and Recreation' and ABC's 'Happy Endings.'

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'House' Star Odette Annable Talks New Doctor Hazing On Set & Pulling Double Duty With 'Breaking In'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 3rd 2011 12:00PM
Odette Annable, 'House''House' is mixing things up again for its eighth season (premieres Mon., Oct. 3, 9PM ET on Fox), bringing in two new female doctors to fill the void where Lisa Edelstein's Cuddy and Olivia Wilde's Thirteen used to be.

Yes, we'll get a bit more Thirteen, just not much ... but once you meet Fox's other new girls, you might not mind. Comedienne Charlyne Yi's Dr. Chi Park, who shares a bit of Thirteen's tightly wound nature, is introduced in the second episode, and Odette Annable's whip-smart Dr. Jessica Adams proves she's not afraid to challenge House in the season premiere.

I caught up with Annable to talk about Adams, her potential romantic interests at Princeton-Plainsboro and her efforts to be House's equal.

Annable also talked about being hazed on set, pulling double duty on 'Breaking In' (and wanting a crossover episode between the two shows) and whether or not she'd want her real-life husband, 'Brothers & Sisters' alum Dave Annable, to come guest star.

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'Breaking In' Officially Resurrected by Fox for Season 2

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 25th 2011 3:45PM
Breaking InNow it's official: Against all odds, 'Breaking In' has officially been renewed for a 13-episode second season on Fox.

"'Breaking In' is a creatively vibrant and wildly adventurous comedy," said Kevin Reilly, Fox's entertainment president, in a statement. "We are looking forward to bringing it back for a second season and continuing our relationship with this incredibly talented cast and these fantastic creators -- Adam Goldberg and Seth Gordon. We can't wait to see where they take these characters next year."

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'Breaking In' Back on Fox?!

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 24th 2011 1:10PM
Breaking In'Breaking In' is the little show that refuses to die. Fox ostensibly canceled the show this spring when it declined to order a second season for the fall, but didn't give up on the comedy altogether. Now, Deadline is reporting that Fox is thisclose to reviving 'Breaking In' for a 13-episode midseason order.

The half-hour comedy was originally created during the 2009-2010 TV season, but Fox passed on the pilot before eventually picking up the show for a midseason run earlier this year. Despite a generally positive audience reaction, 'Breaking In' didn't draw high enough ratings to become a sure thing for renewal. But something about the show is obviously very appealing to Fox and Sony TV execs, because they kept renewing the options on the actors' contracts.

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'Breaking In' Still Alive at Fox ... Sort Of

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 6th 2011 10:30AM
Breaking InSomehow, Fox's 'Breaking In' is still alive. The Christian Slater comedy was bounced around the network's schedule, shedding viewers like wildfire.

Premiering to close to 10 million viewers and fizzling to just over 3 million, the series was as good as dead ... until Fox picked up the actor's contracts for a possible Season 2.

According to Deadline, the actors are contracted until Nov. 15, making 'Breaking In' a possible mid-season contender. Fox is splitting the cost of keeping the actors under contract with producer Sony Pictures TV.

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'Breaking In' Still (Possibly) Alive, Katie Couric's Last Day and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted May 14th 2011 11:30AM
Breaking InAll hope is not lost for the recently canceled Fox series 'Breaking In.'

According to Deadline, the network is moving the freshman comedy to its Tuesday night comedy block to see how it performs in that time slot. 'Breaking In' has only aired after 'American Idol,' so maybe a new audience on a new night could change things for the show.

The season (and possible series) finale will now air at 9:30PM on Tuesday after 'Raising Hope,' and the 'American Idol' performance show will run two hours.

Additionally, Fox has not quite closed the doors on its pilots 'Exit Strategy' with Ethan Hawke, 'Family Album,' 'Little in Common,' 'Smothered' and 'Locke & Key.' All are either under consideration for midseason or being shopped to other networks. NBC's 'Metro' and 'A Mann's World' are also still alive, according to Deadline.

These pilots, on the other hand, are definitely dead: At ABC, 'Identity,' 'Hallelujah,' 'Grace,' 'Georgetown,' 'Poe,' 'Partners,' 'My Freakin' Family,' 'Other People's Kids,' 'Bad Mom' and 'Lost & Found.' At NBC, 'Wonder Woman,' 'Reconstruction,' '17th Precinct,' 'Brave New World,' 'I Hate That I Love You,' 'Lovelives,' 'My Life As An Experiment' and 'Family Practice.'

In other weekend TV news ...

'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey will guest on 'White Collar.' She'll play a "skilled hacker" in an episode of the USA series. [TV Guide]

Katie Couric's last day at CBS Evening News will be May 19. The anchor's contract expires June 4, when she's expected to announce plans to host a daytime talk show, possibly on ABC. [THR]

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After Fox Cancellations, Suggestions for What Jackie Earle Haley, Shawn Ryan and Mark Valley Should Do Next

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 11th 2011 12:20PM
News broke Tuesday that several Fox shows have been cancelled, but aside from lamenting the potential that each of the Fox dramas had, let's not dwell on the fact that 'Breaking In,' 'Lie to Me,' 'The Chicago Code,' 'Traffic Light' and 'Human Target' are no longer among us.

Let's focus instead on what the actors and producers from that show should do next. Here are a few of our suggestions; feel free to offer your own in the comment area.

Jackie Earle Haley, late of 'Human Target'
JEH on season 3 of 'Justified.' How incredible would it be to see Haley in Harlan? Dear television industry (specifically 'Justified' creator Graham Yost and FX): Make this happen. Please. Pretty please.

Shawn Ryan, late of 'The Chicago Code'
Ryan's had a tough go of it in recent months. The late, great 'Terriers' was canceled by FX in December, and now 'Code' is gone too.

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Fox Cancels 'Human Target,' 'Lie to Me,' 'The Chicago Code' and More

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 11th 2011 8:30AM
Fox logoIt's that time of year again, the upfronts, when TV networks decide which shows live and which shows die. This year Fox has become the first network to announce which shows are being culled, and it's bad news for Christian Slater. Again...

Fox announced that it's cancelling five of its live action shows: 'Human Target,' Lie to Me,' 'The Chicago Code,' 'Traffic Light' and 'Breaking In.' It also dropped the ax on some of its drama pilots, including the much talked-about 'Locke & Key' and 'Exit Strategy.'

Angry fans turned to Twitter to vent as the news broke late Tuesday, with 'Human Target' fans being among the most vocal. In fact, according to THR, they tweeted so vociferously that the show became a Top 10 trending topic.

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'Breaking In' Season 1, Episode 3 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 21st 2011 3:00PM
breaking in michael rosenbaum Odette Annable['Breaking In' – 'Need For Speed']

OK, 'Breaking In,' it's time to bump Michael Rosenbaum up to full-time status, like now! The former 'Smallville' baddie stole the show from Christian Slater and Bret Harrison on this week's manic and fast-paced third episode.

Last week, I mentioned that my least favorite thing about 'Breaking In' was the blooming love triangle between Cameron, Melanie and Dutch, Rosenbaum's frosted tip-sporting douche knuckle. But I'll happily eat those words (mmm, words) if this ongoing will-they-or-won't-they plot will mean more screen time for Dutch.

Rosenbaum, who was credited as a guest star here, looks like he's having a blast playing the ultimate uberdouche. Slater momentarily nabbed the spotlight back with a few sly lines and his intense crazy guy stare, but the night clearly belonged to Rosenbaum. The guy nails his clueless character and the comic timing perfectly. He's so breezy and natural (in a role that could easily come across as grating) that it's easy to believe he's ad-libbing half his lines.

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Cameron Insults NASCAR and New Client Jimmie Johnson on 'Breaking In' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 21st 2011 2:23AM
'Breaking In' - 'Need for Speed'Desperate to impress his boss and prove himself worthy of field work on 'Breaking In' (Wed., 9:30PM ET on FOX), Cameron immediately proceeded to make a fool of himself with the very next client.

When he went into the conference room to meet the guy, he first failed to recognize NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson. When Johnson said he was a driver, Cameron assumed he meant a limo driver, dismissed him completely and then insulted NASCAR.

"How much do you know about NASCAR?" Johnson asked him.

"You mean the one where the guys with the mullets drive around in a circle and call it a sport?" Cameron said. "Not a fan, why do you ask?"

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'Breaking In' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 14th 2011 8:00AM
Bret Harrison ['Breaking In' – ''Tis Better to Have Loved And Flossed']

'Breaking In' is definitely a B-level show. It's funny, fast-paced and even a little charming, but it's not nearly as sharp or as clever as it might think it is.

The comedy is all on the surface here. There's little to no depth buzzing beneath the show's endless stream of hit-and-miss jokes, fledgling catchphrases ("Tapping that grave!"), and ridiculously elaborate heist scenes. But that's not really a big problem...yet.

This week's amusing second episode kept up the lightning pace and aggressively wacky tone of last week's series premiere. I don't predict we'll see much change here in terms of format, writing or overall storytelling style, so it's pretty safe to say that 'Breaking In' will ride this steady, if uneven, wave for the rest of the season. So now's probably as good a time as any to decide if you're in or if you're out.

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Emeril Lagasse Cooking Up New Series, Mike Tyson 'Breaking In' to Primetime, and More

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 14th 2011 12:45AM
Emeril Lagasse is back in the kitchen -- but he won't be dishing out the food. The Cooking Channel announced Wednesday a May 5 debut for 'The Originals With Emeril,' a new series that sees Lagasse hitting the road to pay tribute to iconic food establishments that have helped shape the country's culinary landscape. While the restaurant business is risky, challenging and faddish, and the life of a restaurant can sometimes be short, every city has cherished institutions that have stood the test of time. In each 30-minute episode, Lagasse will visit a new city and go behind-the-scenes at three historic eateries -- speaking with the chefs and customers to help reveal their fascinating stories.

The Cooking Channel also revealed several other new primetime offerings, including shows that look at street food, pastry chefs and Spanish foods: 'Eat St.' (premiering April 12), 'Unique Sweets' (April 24), 'From Spain With Love' (May 27) and 'Hook, Line & Dinner' (June 7).

The Food Network, meanwhile, also announced a slew of new series: Ashley Vicos' 'Have Cake, Will Travel,' premiering April 26, 'Best in Smoke' (May 8), 'Crave' (June 20) and, later this year, 'Heat Seekers,' 'Tough Cookies,' 'Chef Hunte' and 'Sugar High.' [The Hollywood Reporter]

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'Breaking In' Team Steals the Wrong Car in Series Premiere (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 7th 2011 8:40AM
Christian Slater on 'Breaking In' PremiereThe series premiere of 'Breaking In' (Wed., 9:30PM ET on FOX) offers a frenetic episode, but the premise is a lot to pack into a half-hour comedy. Oz (Christian Slater) heads a security firm of quirky employees who are tasked with breaking into homes and businesses to test their security systems.

A luxury car dealership puts the team to work. Josh takes on the persona of a wealthy foreigner who considers buying his 21st vehicle there. That starts the ball rolling.

Exterior alarms are a relative breeze; an interior alarm involves a series of lasers. The problem is solved with a remote-controlled helicopter that weaves between beams to the control box. Finally, a safe harboring the car keys is easily cracked.

But Oz is not amused. He shouts, "You were supposed to steal a car from Mayfair Motors. This car is from Mayfield Motors!" and punches a hole in the wall with his fist. Oops.

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Talking TV Podcast Checks In on 'Breaking In,' 'The Killing' and 'Justified'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 5th 2011 1:00PM
This week's on the Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan podcast, Ryan McGee and I discuss a Fox show that premieres Wednesday, go in-depth on an AMC show that premiered Sunday and check in on one of 2011's most satisfying dramas.

If you're wondering whether Christian Slater can still work that '80s charm in his new comedy, 'Breaking In,' if you really dug the debut of 'The Killing' and you want to hear us talk about our favorite parts of the premiere, or if you're merely a fan of 'Justified,' this week's podcast is made for you.

Running times for the various discussions are below.

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Review: Christian Slater's 'Breaking In' Doesn't Break New Ground But Is Worth a Look

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 5th 2011 12:00PM
In some ways, 'Breaking In' (9:30PM ET Wednesday, Fox) is exactly what you'd expect. The new comedy about a team of security experts stars Christian Slater doing his Christian Slater schtick, which hasn't changed much in the last couple of decades. It also features Bret Harrison doing his usual put-upon everyman thing, which has been seen in everything from 'Reaper' to 'V' to 'The Loop,' a short-lived Fox sitcom from a few years ago.

Yet there's a frisky energy to this half-hour comedy, which does two things for which I'm grateful: It takes a concept suited to a USA Network show and crunches it down to half an hour (a move that I think would benefit some of USA's less sturdy programs), and it does not offer viewers yet another take on young adults navigating the pitfalls of modern relationships, as almost every other mid-season comedy has.

The truth is, if you like Slater and enjoy the work of Michael Rosenbaum and Alyssa Milano, both of whom offer excellent guest turns on the show, 'Breaking In' is not a bad way to spend half an hour.

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