ABC closes deals for 'V,' 'Deep End'
'Deep End' formerly titled 'Associates'Twenty-five years after it made a splash on television, "V" is coming back to primetime.
ABC late Friday closed a deal to pick up to series Warner Bros.' reimagining of the 1980s mini "V" as well as 20th TV's "The Deep End" (formerly "Associates").
Both orders are believed to be for 13 episodes, "End" possibly for midseason.
Additionally, ABC on Friday night also renewed the 20th-produced midseason comedy "Better Off Ted."
Both "V" and "End" were reportedly originally offered short orders but, after intense back-and-forth, the orders were expanded to the standard 13 episodes.
The down-to-the-wire negotiations underscore the level of intense bargaining this season where the networks put a lot of pressure on the studios, especially outside suppliers, to lower license fees and cut orders.
"End" was redeveloped and reshot after being originally ordered to pilot last development season.
As for "Ted," the quirky single-camera comedy didn't pop but showed solid retention from its lead-in "Scrubs."
The two shows are also rumored to continue as a pair next season, now that both were renewed Friday night.