12:00pm PT by Rick Porter
'B Positive' Scores Full-Season Order at CBS
CBS has extended the run of its first-year comedy B Positive.
The network has ordered five more episodes of the Chuck Lorre-produced series, which will bring its total to 18 for the season. Given its relatively late premiere date of Nov. 5, that will be enough to carry the show through the spring.
B Positive becomes the second freshman series to have its run extended, following ABC's Big Sky. The show was the only 2020 network pilot to complete filming in March before the coronavirus pandemic shut down hundreds of productions. CBS ordered it to series in May, and it went into production in the fall.
Created by Mom and Ugly Betty veteran Marco Pennette, B Positive stars Thomas Middleditch as Drew, a recently divorced father who learns he needs a kidney transplant. After a chance meeting, Gina (Annaleigh Ashford), a woman from his past, volunteers hers. The cast also includes Kether Donohue, Sara Rue, Izzy G., and Terrence Terrell.
Pennette — who drew on his own experience as a transplant recipient for the show — executive produces the Warner Bros. TV series with Lorre, the man behind four of CBS' six current comedies (Young Sheldon, Mom and Bob Hearts Abishola are the others).
B Positive has performed solidly as part of CBS' Thursday comedy block. Including a week of delayed viewing, it averages 6.17 million viewers per episode — second among first-year shows behind Big Sky — and a 0.8 rating in the key ad demographic of adults 18-49.