"There's been great interest in recent years," said executive producer David Salzman. "We've had a number of networks inquire as to whether the show was coming off Fox and saying that they'd be interested. We have not started to talk to them yet, but now is the time to begin those conversations. I think we have real prospects, but you never know, especially given the economy."
The series received a shortened season order this season, with production set to end in December, but Fox decided to break the news now, in order for the show to prepare its final send-off.
"This will give us a proper sendoff, a chance to promote the finale and bring back old cast members," Salzman said.
The reason for the cancellation appears to be strictly a financial decision.
"They said it was too expensive for a daypart where dollars have been shrinking," he said. "Their thought was, the show is what the show is, and that essence needs to be maintained -- but it's hard to produce as big and ambitious a show as ours for less money than they're paying now."