May 10, 2011. A date which will go down in television history books everywhere as the day of The Great Fox TV Massacre.
It was a quiet evening. Families were settling in to watch the kids on Glee go to prom — and others were sitting down hoping to avoid it. Then, the unthinkable: Five bubble shows were suddenly sent to pasture a week before the official announcements were expected to be made, leaving a collective audience that is probably smaller than the number of people who tune into American Idol every week very upset. I was among them.
I’ll miss parts of every show that got the axe Tuesday night, but most of all I’ll miss Guerrero from Human Target. Much of the credit for turning that character into a fan favorite is owed to Jackie Earle Haley, whose unique combination of dry humor and pure badassery made Guerrero eclipse other characters without even trying. In fact, I’d pluck the character out of the Human Target universe and plop him into any show I currently watch just for a chance to enjoy him again every week.
We barely knew ye, Guerrero…and other shows.
Your turn, PopWatchers. Which character on one of Fox’s fallen shows will you miss the most? (To recap: Target, Traffic Light, Breaking In, Lie to Me, and Chicago Code were all canceled.)
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