'The Chicago Code': Are you holding onto hope for Season 2?

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One of the more lamentable casualties of the 2010/2011 season has to be FOX's "The Chicago Code."

The serial drama about a handful of cops trying to take down a corrupt political official earned a devout following and critical praise in its 13-episode run, but it wasn't enough to get a Season 2 pick-up from the network -- which seemed especially strapped for room in its fall schedule this year.

But have we really heard the last of the series? The obligatory "save our show" campaigns have popped up in the wake of the cancellation, but it's creator Shawn Ryan's optimism that keeps us from closing the book on "Code."

"Season Finale of #TheChicagoCode is on tonight," Ryan tweeted on May 23. "A final big ratings number is our only hope of luring someone else to pick up a 2nd Season."

It wasn't likely a direct response, but fans did turn out for the (series) finale. "Code" averaged 7 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/7 share in households during its hour-run. That's up more than a million from the previous week.

That could be enough to garner interest -- though we're not sure exactly where from. Ryan, whose "The Shield" ran on FX for 7 seasons, has already ruled out his former network, saying it's more interested in developing original programming. (A shame considering FX always seemed like a better fit for the series to begin with.)

There's go-to TV show savior, DirecTV's Channel 101. But after picking up otherwise forsaken "Friday Night Lights" and "Damages," the company has apparently turned its attention away from preexisting series.

If we've seen all we ever will from "The Chicago Code," it won't be as devastating a blow as so many other prematurely canceled series. The finale did a nice job tying up a lot of storylines, while only subtly baiting future conflict.

Still, we'd seize any opportunity to see anything more from the show.
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