Fox Picks Up Four Pilots, Cancels Five Series [Update]

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Zooey Deschanel arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/2011 Getty Images

Zooey Deschanel's television show The New Girl is just one of four pilots that's been given an early pickup by Fox, a bit ahead of next week's upfront. The show stars Deschanel as a just-dumped teacher who moves in with three single guys — a self-proclaimed cynic, a man-child, and a player. The show is written by Liz Meriweather (No Strings Attached) and co-stars Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Damon Wayans Jr., who is currently on Happy Endings. (Should ABC order a second season of Happy Endings, Wayans Jr. will stay on that show.) Fox has also picked up the Bones spinoff Finder, JJ Abrams's Alcatraz, and the sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter, which stars Jaime Pressly. In less fun news, Fox has canceled five current series: Christian Slater's mid-season sitcom Breaking In, even though it was doing reasonably well; Human Target; and, more unfortunately, Shawn Ryan's Shield follow-up The Chicago Code. UPDATE: Traffic Light and Lie to Me have been canceled as well.