Fox has announced its 2011 summer scheduling, and “Lie to Me” will be one of the shows airing repeats this summer.
How is that good news? One has to think Fox wouldn’t schedule repeats of a cancelled show. This could be a strong indicator for an 11th hour renewal — causing this writer to eat a lot of crow based on our predictions in the TV Renewal/Cancellation scorecard.
“Lie to Me” received a truncated 13 episode third season, and performed rather poorly in the ratings. However, Fox has many underperformers this year: “Traffic Light,” “Fringe,” “Human Target,” and the now-cancelled “Running Wilde.” In hindsight, “Lie to Me” may have had the “best bad ratings” of the bunch, potentially paving the way for a fourth season pickup.
“Human Target” also received summer programming, while “Fringe” and fellow bubble show “The Chicago Code” did not.
So what this means all depends on how you read the subtle programming hints by the Fox execs.
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