After racking up decent reviews and ratings in its first somewhat truncated season, Breaking In was canceled. Now, the folks at Fox are rethinking that decision: Breaking In has been picked up – with an order for thirteen episodes – as a mid-season replacement. Well done, Fox!
While sitcoms like Modern Family and Parks and Recreation are getting most of the big buzz, Fox Television has quietly been getting very decent ratings with its new workplace sitcom, Breaking In [Wednesdays, 10:30/9:30 approx] – about the employees of Contra Security – a company that breaks into other companies to expose the flaws in their security and, hopefully, get their business.
This week, the folks at Contra Security have the mission of a lifetime when they are assigned to protect the screening copy of Goonies 2 at Comic-Con.
On Thursday, I had the opportunity to take part in a teleconference Q&A with the show’s co-creator/executive producer, Adam F. Goldman, and series regular Alphonso McAuley, who plays the team’s strategist/logistics expert and resident mad genius prankster.
Attendees at WonderCon had the unique opportunity to screen the Pilot episode of FOX’s new comedy series “Breaking In” right before the panel discussion. The series will be premiering Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 9:30pm immediately following ratings behemoth American Idol.
FOX’s description of the series is as follows: BREAKING IN is an offbeat half-hour workplace comedy about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme – and often questionable – measures to sell their protection services. Created by Adam F. Goldberg and Seth Gordon, the series centers on a team of uniquely skilled oddball geniuses hand-picked to work for a manipulative mastermind.
Contra Security, corporate America’s answer to “The A-Team,” gives clients a sense of security by first ripping it away. The firm is led by OZ (Christian Slater), a larger-than-life head honcho who is a man of mystery and master of manipulation. The members of the odd squad include alluring bad girl MELANIE (Odette Annable), who is in charge of lock-picking, safe-cracking and heart-breaking; and CASH (Alphonso McAuley), a fanboy who specializes in strategy, logistics and office pranks only a mad genius could think up. Oz’s newest recruit, plucked right out of college, is lovable and charming computer hacker CAMERON PRICE (Bret Harrison). Unfortunately for Cameron, cracking into state-of-the-art security systems is a lot easier than dealing with his co-workers. Between Melanie’s sex appeal and Cash’s hazing, Cameron has more than a few obstacles to overcome if he wants to cement his status as part of the team and become Oz’s go-to guy.
Continue reading for my thoughts on the screened Pilot.