All the Broadcast Shows Returning for the 2017-18 Season

7:12 AM 5/4/2017

by Kate Stanhope

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From Big Bang Theory's two-season renewal to all the last-minute pickups, an updated guide to keep track of which scripted dramas and comedies will return to broadcast networks next season.

  • 'The 100' (The CW)

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    After a rough third season, in which the Warner Bros. drama sparked a heated backlash and a national debate about the "Bury Your Gays" trope of the death of an LGBTQ character, season four returned down in February. However, the series continues to pull strong delayed viewing numbers and earned a season five pickup in March.

  • 'Agents of SHIELD' (ABC)

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    The Marvel drama will return for a fifth season alongside freshman Marvel entry The Inhumans, which earned a straight-to-series from ABC. Season five will see the series hit its 100th episode.

  • 'American Housewife' (ABC)

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    Hailing in-house from ABC Studios, the freshman family comedy has been a dependable performer on Tuesdays. The single-camera entry is headlined by Mike & Molly alum Katy Mixon.

  • 'Arrow' (The CW)

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    The oldest of The CW's ever-expanding slate of DC series will return for its sixth season and bring back former series regular Katie Cassidy in the process. However, Cassidy will return to the Warner Bros. TV series not as Laurel Lance, who was killed, but as Black Siren.

  • 'Big Bang Theory' (CBS)

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    In addition to spawning the prequel spinoff series Young Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory will return for season 11 next fall. The Chuck Lorre-produced multicam earned a massive two-season renewal earlier this year just as stars including Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco signed deals with studio Warner Bros. TV to return. Season 12 is expected to be the show's last.

  • 'Blackish' (ABC)

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    The acclaimed comedy had a breakout third year with Emmy nominations for best comedy series and for both of its lead stars. The ABC Studios half-hour returns for season four not long after creator Kenya Barris signed a rich four-year overall deal at the studio.

  • 'Blindspot' (NBC)

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    After a breakout first season airing behind The Voice, the Warner Bros. drama spent most of season two on the bubble when it moved to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. However, strong delayed viewing numbers helped save the Jaimie Alexander-led drama.

  • 'Blue Bloods' (CBS)

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    The Tom Selleck cop procedural continues to amass a large and steady total viewership on Fridays. Hailing in-house from CBS TV Studios, the drama also recently surpassed 150 episodes -- it also performs well in syndication. Season eight got the greenlight in March.

  • 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' (Fox)

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    The Andy Samberg workplace comedy is one of Fox's few outside productions, hailing from Universal TV. In addition to pulling steady (albeit modest) audience, the comedy is an important awards play for Fox, having won two Golden Globes and having earned two Emmy nominations for Andre Braugher.

  • 'Bull' (CBS)

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    The legal drama kept CBS in business with star of its longtime stars, daytime's Dr. Phil, who serves as an exec producer, and NCIS grad Michael Weatherly, who also exec produces. Despite facing stiff timeslot competition in fellow first-year series This Is Us, the CBS TV Studios entry is tied as the network's top-rated new series and earned an early season two renewal (along with a new showrunner).

  • 'Chicago Fire' (NBC)

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    The firefighter drama is tied with SVU as the second highest-rated drama on the network (2.5 adults) and pulls in 10.8 million viewers. In addition to Dick Wolf's multiyear overall with Universal TV, creators and showrunners Michael Brandt and Derek Haas also re-upped with the studio last year. 

  • 'Chicago Med' (NBC)

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    The third series in Dick Wolf's Windy City franchise survived a tough move to Thursdays after opening behind The Voice in season one. Despite dropping numbers, Universal TV drama will scrub in for season three.

  • 'Chicago P.D.' (NBC)

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    The cop drama continues to pull solid numbers paired with SVU on Wednesdays. Season five will welcome a new showrunner to the Universal TV drama after the exit of co-creator Matt Olmstead, and will also see the series hit its 100th episode.

  • 'Code Black' (CBS)

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    The medical drama was significantly retooled for its sophomore run, including the addition of Rob Lowe. While CBS once again opted for a shorter episode count, ratings were stable enough to warrant a season three pickup for the CBS TV Studios-ABC Studios co-production.

  • 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' (The CW)

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    The Rachel Bloom musical comedy made history in January when it became the lowest-rated show ever renewed by a broadcast network. But the amount of critical acclaim the CBS TV Studios series has amassed, not to mention a Netflix streaming deal, no doubt helped the hourlong series secure a season three pickup.

  • 'Criminal Minds' (CBS)

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    Following the departure of longtime series regular Shemar Moore at the end of season 11, season 12 saw even more cast upheaval when Thomas Gibson was let go from the procedural following an alleged on-set altercation with a writer on the series. Fan-favorite Paget Brewster subsequently signed on to return for the rest of the season, and ratings remained stable. The CBS TV Studios-ABC Studios co-production will return for season 13. 

  • 'Designated Survivor' (ABC)

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    Despite several showrunners, the Kiefer Sutherland D.C. thriller earned strong numbers in its first time, averaging12.7 million total viewers and a 3.1 in the demo with seven days of DVR factored in. An international streaming deal with Netflix also helped get the drama, which hails from ABC Studios, Mark Gordon Co. and Entertainment One, a season two pickup. Season two will see Keith Eisner (The Good Wife) take over as showrunner.

  • 'Elementary' (CBS)

    The modern take on Sherlock Holmes starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu was firmly on the bubble after dipping ratings in season five. However, strong international sales and an SVOD deal helped secure a season six renewal.

  • 'Empire' (Fox)

    As has become tradition, the network handed out an early renewal to the hip-hop drama at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in January. The 18-episode fourth season comes as numbers have started to dip on the soapy series. However, talk has been heating up about a potential spinoff of the Taraji P. Henson-Terrence Howard starrer, which hails in-house from 20th TV. The Lee Daniels-Danny Strong creation has also continued to lure top-name guest stars including Demi Moore and Eva Longoria.

  • 'The Exorcist' (Fox)

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    Despite a short 10-episode run, the remake of the beloved horror film built a solid buzz and decent viewership on the otherwise quiet Fridays. The description for season two of the 20th Century Fox Television drama teases "a new chapter of the iconic franchise."

  • 'The Flash' (The CW)

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    The Grant Gustin-starrer got an extra boost in season three thanks to a musical crossover with Supergirl. The Warner Bros. TV drama was one of many CW series to receive an early pickup.

  • 'Fresh Off the Boat' (ABC)

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    The '90s-set series has turned leads Randall Park and Constance Wu into breakout stars. The 20th Century Fox series also recently received its own "Fresh Off the Boat" day in LA, further cementing its season four renewal.

  • 'The Goldbergs' (ABC)

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    The '80s-set family comedy has become an important part of ABC's Wednesday family comedy block and subsequently earned a rare two-season renewal, which will keep it on the air through season six. Additionally, the Sony TV half-hour will hit its 100th episode milestone next season.

  • 'The Good Place' (NBC)

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    Starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, the single-camera comedy from Universal opened to critical acclaim in September and earned a season two pickup shortly after its finale. Like season one, season two of the Mike Schur creation will only run 13 episodes.

  • 'Gotham' (Fox)

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    The WBTV drama has been a sturdy performer on Mondays and will return for a fourth season. Centered on the early years of a pre-Batman Bruce Wayne, the series also includes other popular DC characters like The Penguin and The Riddler, among others.

  • 'Great News' (NBC)

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    The workplace comedy earned a 13-episode season two pickup just three weeks after premiering. The series boasts three 30 Rock alums in exec producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, as well as creator and showrunner Tracy Wigfield, who an Emmy for writing the 30 Rock finale with Fey.

  • 'Grey's Anatomy' (ABC)

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    Shonda Rhimes' aging medical drama continues to pull solid numbers in its 13th season, which also featured the touted directorial debut of star Ellen Pompeo. Next season will also see the ABC Studios entry will also join an exclusive club when it reaches 300 episodes.

  • 'Hawaii Five-0' (CBS)

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    Despite star Scott Caan's reduced role on the series, and Alex O'Loughlin's recent expressed interest in doing the same, the CBS TV Studios reboot has been a consistent ratings draw on Fridays in addition to drawing strong international interest. After hitting 150 episodes earlier this season, the drama will return for season eight.

  • 'How to Get Away With Murder' (ABC)

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    While ratings for the serialized ABC Studios entry have fallen since the breakout first season, the Shonda Rhimes-produced drama continues to be a prestige play for the network thanks to newly minted Oscar winner Viola Davis, who has taken home an Emmy and two Screen Actors Guild awards for her performance. Murder, along with Scandal and Grey's, earned an early season four pickup in February.

  • 'iZombie' (The CW)

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    The WBTV drama hails veteran writer-exec producer Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, Party Down), a valuable producer for the studio who is also prepping a reboot of The Lost Boys for the younger-skewing network. iZombie is also one of several DC properties at The CW (see: Arrow, The Flash, etc.)  

  • 'Jane the Virgin' (The CW)

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    The CBS TV Studios hourlong comedy will return for a fourth season after nabbing an early renewal in January. The renewal came weeks ahead of the shocking onscreen death of star (and Jane's TV husband) Brett Dier, which led to a three-year time jump on the series.

  • 'Kevin Can Wait' (CBS)

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    Kevin James made his TV return in the Sony half-hour, which ranks as the second highest-rated comedy only behind Big Bang Theory. The sitcom also brought on several impressive guest stars including Ray Romano and James' former TV wife Leah Remini.

  • 'Last Man on Earth' (Fox)

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    Will Forte's apocalyptic comedy has earned him two Emmy nominations — making the series an important prestige entry for the broadcaster. The 20th Century Fox TV has also welcomed a slew of A-listers including Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm and, most recently, Kristen Wiig, further securing a season four pickup.

  • 'Law and Order: SVU' (NBC)

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    Now going into its 19th season, the long-running Dick Wolf procedural is the longest-running primetime scripted series currently on the air. Led by original series star Mariska Hargitay, who is now an EP, the drama celebrated its 400th episode in February. 

  • 'Legends of Tomorrow' (The CW)

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    The time-traveling Arrow spinoff will return for a third season after getting an early renewal alongside fellow DC series Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl. Like its sister series, Legends also hails from Warner Bros. TV.

  • 'Lethal Weapon' (Fox)

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    Warner Bros. TV's reboot of the widely popular 1987 Mel Gibson-Danny Glover film proved a solid addition to Fox's drama lineup, scoring an early season two renewal.

  • 'Life in Pieces' (CBS)

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    The sophomore family comedy stands as one of CBS' few single-cam half-hours and also hails from an outside studio (20th TV). After losing Big Bang Theory as a lead-in at the beginning of season two, ratings have stabilized for the well-received series.

  • 'Lucifer' (Fox)

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    One of several Warner Bros. TV productions at the network, and one of two based on DC properties (along with Gotham), Lucifer proved a strong companion to the Bruce Wayne origin story on Mondays. Lucifer will return for a supersized season three that will include four bonus episodes originally made as part of the drama's second season.

  • 'MacGyver' (CBS)

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    Despite a host of creative changes onscreen (cast) and off (multiple pilot writers and directors), the Lucas Till-led reboot has fared well on Fridays. The first-year CBS TV Studios drama is one of two at the network from exec producer Peter Lenkov, who engineered a special crossover with veteran revival Hawaii Five-0. 

  • 'Madam Secretary' (CBS)

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    The Tea Leoni political drama, which hails from exec producer Morgan Freeman, hasn't proven to be the awards magnet that Good Wife once was. However, the CBS TV Studios series still draws a similarly affluent group, and has also made headlines in season three for embracing politics and leaning into ripped-from-the-headlines stories.

  • 'Man With a Plan' (CBS)

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    The Matt LeBlanc sitcom hasn't the breakout hit that was Friends was, but it's proved a solid addition to Mondays paired with Kevin James' comedy. Hailing in-house from CBS TV Studios, the multicam got an early season two greenlight.

  • 'The Mick' (Fox)

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    Longtime It's Always Sunny star Kaitlin Olson will continue to juggle two series with the renewal of her single-camera network comedy. From 20th TV and also co-exec-produced by Olson, season two of The Mick will run 13 episodes to accommodate Olson's busy schedule.

  • 'The Middle' (ABC)

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    The Warner Bros. half-hour weathered a move from its longtime Wednesday perch alongside fellow family hits Modern Family, The Goldbergs and Black-ish to Tuesdays with relatively little impact. The Patricia Heaton-starrer continues to pull consistent numbers, earning an early season nine renewal that will bring the single-cam to 200 episodes.

  • 'Modern Family' (ABC)

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    After long contract talks, the five-time Emmy winner for best comedy series has been picked up for two seasons. Although ratings have dipped, the 20th Century Fox half-hour continues to be a top performer among ABC's large stable of family comedies.

  • 'Mom' (CBS)

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    One of three Chuck Lorre-produced sitcoms at CBS, Mom has drawn kudos for its ability to tackle tough storylines (addiction, death) while also providing plenty of laughs. Season five of the Allison Janney-Anna Faris half-hour will also see the Warner Bros. TV series hit its 100th episode.

  • 'NCIS' (CBS)

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    The long-running drama will return for season 15. CBS gave the procedural, which is produced in-house by CBS TV Studios, an early two-season pickup in 2016 in conjunction with star and exec producer Mark Harmon's new two-year overall with the studio.

  • 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (CBS)

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    Although the Chris O'Donnell-LL Cool J spinoff shed some viewers in its move to Sundays, the CBS TV Studios spinoff has since found steady ground. Season nine of the drama will also bring it to 200 episodes.

  • 'NCIS: New Orleans' (CBS)

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    The Scott Bakula-led spinoff is no longer airing after NCIS -- that spot went to Michael Weatherly's Bull -- but the CBS TV Studios entry continues to average more than 13 million viewers, thanks to a large boost from delayed viewing. Also working in NOLA's favor is that original NCIS star Mark Harmon is an exec producer on the Big Easy-centered offshoot.

  • 'New Girl' (Fox)

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    The Zooey Deschanel comedy ended its sixth season in April with a finale that could have served as either a season or series finale. However, Fox opted to bring back the single-camera 20th Century Fox comedy for a seventh and final season.

  • 'Once Upon a Time' (ABC)

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    Despite the exit of leading lady Jennifer Morrison, the ABC Studios drama earned a season seven renewal. However, after dipping ratings in season six, other changes are expected before the fantasy series returns in the fall.

  • 'The Originals' (The CW)

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    Questions about the spinoff's future have persisted since it was announced that flagship series The Vampire Diaries would say farewell this season. However, the season five renewal keeps the network and producers WBTV in business with prolific producer Julie Plec. 

  • 'Riverdale' (The CW)

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    The Archie comics adaptation earned an early second season greenlight in March. Despite a soft midseason opening, time-shifting for the teen drama has been promising and the renewal brings prolific producer Greg Berlanti's network count to five shows (also including the Arrow-verse.)

  • 'Scandal' (ABC)

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    The Kerry Washington political drama celebrated its 100th episode in the abbreviated sixth season. Although some had predicted Shonda Rhimes would want to wrap up her heavily serialized ABC Studios series, Scandal returned to solid numbers after an eight-month break and was renewed for season seven weeks later.

  • 'Scorpion' (CBS)

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    The CBS TV Studios tech drama has been steady on Mondays despite several other major movements among the network's comedy offerings. Returning for season four, the ensemble series was part of CBS' massive March renewal announcement.

  • 'Shades of Blue' (NBC)

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    The Jennifer Lopez-led cop drama earned an early season three renewal thanks in no small part to the demands of Lopez's busy schedule, which also includes the upcoming reality competition series World of Dance and the forthcoming live production of Bye Bye Birdie -- both at NBC. The Universal TV series will return for 10 episodes.

  • 'Speechless' (ABC)

    The Minnie Driver comedy has blossomed into a critical darling for the network in its first year on the air. Although it hails from outside studio 20th Century Fox, the family half-hour has also been a strong performer as part of ABC's Wednesday night comedy block.

  • 'Star' (Fox)

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    Lee Daniels' girl group drama failed to match Empire's first season numbers, but drew a consistent audience during Empire's winter hiatus. The 13-episode second season, from 20th TV, will also see Grey's Anatomy alum Karin Gist take over as showrunner marking the fourth such change behind the scenes.

  • 'Supergirl' (The CW)

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    The Warner Bros. TV superhero series successfully made the leap from CBS to The CW (in addition to moving production from Los Angeles to the cheaper Vancouver) in season two. Although the latter meant saying goodbye to regular Calista Flockhart, the Greg Berlanti-produced drama added several impressive guest stars (Lynda Carter, Teri Hatcher, Kevin Sorbo) in addition to beloved DC characters like Superman and Mon-El. Since the show's early renewal, ratings also got a boost from a musical-themed crossover with The Flash.

  • 'Superior Donuts' (CBS)

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    Redeveloped off-cycle with new lead Judd Hirsch, the midseason sitcom has won over critics thanks to its socially conscious storylines as well as for bringing increased diversity to the network after it was criticized in the summer of 2016 for its predominantly white male lineup of stars. The Jermaine Fowler half-hour also hails in-house from CBS TV Studios.

  • 'Supernatural' (The CW)

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    The long-running drama starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles will live to see season 13. From Warner Bros. TV, the series continues to draw a solid and loyal fanbase.

  • 'Superstore' (NBC)

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    The single-camera workplace comedy currently stands as one of NBC's longest-running half-hours (only behind The Carmichael Show). Following season two, which launched with a post-Olympics episode in the summer, the Universal TV comedy starring America Ferrera and Ben Feldman received an early season three pickup.

  • 'Taken' (NBC)

    The action drama, based on the Liam Neeson film franchise of the same name, didn't draw huge numbers for NBC. However, Taken's strong international sales as well as its cost-effective co-production between Universal Television and Europa Corp., earned it a 16-episode second season.

  • 'This Is Us' (NBC)

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    The biggest first-year (and arguably only) broadcast smash hit of the season, the family drama was boon for NBC, studio 20th Century Fox (and Kleenex, probably). The Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia-led ensemble surpassed Empire in live-plus-seven numbers to become the highest-rated broadcast drama. NBC showed its gratitude with a double-season renewal that will keep the series on the air for at least two more 18-episode seasons.

  • 'Timeless' (NBC)

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    The freshman time-travel saga from Sony Pictures Television spent most of the season on the bubble despite it's modest but fiercely loyal fanbase. The Shawn Ryan-Eric Kripke drama did not get a full-season pickup, with NBC instead opting for a 16-episode season. Despite an initial cancellation, the network changed course days later and renewed the show for a second season.

     

  • 'Trial and Error' (NBC)

    The legal mockumentary series earned acclaim in its first season, thanks in no small part to star and Emmy winner John Lithgow. Although ratings were modest for the WBTV single-camera comedy, NBC gave it a late 10-episode renewal nearly a week after its upfront presentation to advertisers.

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