'Brian' given 4 more scripts


ABC has ordered four additional scripts of "What About Brian."

Meanwhile, NBC has pulled freshman drama "Kidnapped" off the schedule.

As a midseason entry last season, "Brian" had received an initial order of 13 episodes for its sophomore season.

"Brian," from Touchstone TV and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Prods., has held on to more than 80% of its demo lead-in from "The Bachelor" but has regularly finished third in the Monday 10 p.m. slot. However, on Oct. 16, the relationship drama edged NBC's star-studded "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" for the second place in the hour among adults 18-49.

Freshman ABC series "Ugly Betty" and "Brothers & Sisters" have been picked up for a full season. All other scripted ABC shows with initial 13-episode orders except "Six Degrees"-- "The Nine," "Help Me Help You" and "Men in Trees" -- have been given orders for four additional scripts.

After three low-rated airings in its original Wednesday 10 p.m. time slot, serialized thriller "Kidnapped" was moved to Saturdays where it ran for two weeks before the network yanked it on Tuesday. For the next three weeks, NBC will air repeats of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" in the Saturday 9 p.m. slot.

NBC is in talks with "Kidnapped" producer Sony Pictures TV to run the eight unaired episodes on NBC.com with a new episode eyed to premiere every Friday. There is a possibility for the eight episodes to get a second window on the network in some format, with a "Kidnapped" marathon considered as an option.

NBC already said it won't order more segments of the show starring Jeremy Sisto beyond the original 13-episode order, which is slated to wrap production next week.

This is the second scripted NBC series to be headed to NBC.com after a quick cancellation. Back in January, the network's midseason drama "The Book of Daniel" also ended up online after three weeks on the air.