Fox has picked up seven new series for next season including “Canterbury’s Law” and “The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” while NBC has ordered “The IT Crowd” as a midseason replacement, sources said Saturday.
Fox’s pick-ups include the legal drama “Canterbury’s Law” starring Julianna
Margulies, “Terminator”-themed sci-fi drama “The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” New Orleans-set cop drama “K-Ville” and high-concept detective drama “New Amsterdam.”
On the comedy side, the Kelsey Grammer-Patricia Heaton starrer “Back to You” (formerly known as “Action News”) has been officially picked up to series, along with Amy Sherman-Palladino’s “The Return of Jezebel James” and the Farrelly brothers-produced “The Rules of Starting Over.”
Fox declined comment late Friday.
In upfront news reported earlier, Fox has renewed freshman comedy “‘Til Death.”
Meanwhile, dramedy “Lipstick Jungle” has been added to NBC’s slate of new series picked up for next season, possibly as a midseason replacement, and “Scrubs” has clinched a seventh-season renewal by the network, sources said.
The Sony Pictures TV-produced “Til Death,” starring “Everybody Loves Raymond” alum Brad Garrett, has been expected to be picked up following a late-season ratings surge when the show ran after Fox’s mega-hit “American Idol.” The multi-camera “‘Til Death” has been rumored as a potential companion piece for “Back to You.”
“Lipstick,” based on Candace Bushnell’s book, joins previously ordered dramas “The Bionic Woman,” “Chuck,” “Journeyman” and “Life.”
“Lipstick,” from NBC Universal TV Studio, stars Lindsay Price, Brooke Shields and Kim Raver as trio of successful professional women in New York.
“Scrubs,” from ABC Studios, is said to have been picked up for 18 episodes. The order comes after months of negotiations, due to the high pricetag for the six year-old show.
For a second year in a row, ABC had expressed interest in picking up the quirky medical comedy if NBC passes on it.