The CW loves 'Chris' for fall


The CW has made its first series pickup for fall, giving an early full-season order to the sophomore comedy "Everybody Hates Chris."

The announcement is set to be made today at CW's portion of the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour in Pasadena.

"Under the creative guidance of Chris Rock and Ali LeRoi and performances from an incredibly talented cast, 'Everybody Hates Chris' has consistently proven itself to be one of the best comedies on television," CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff said. "Producing one great episode after another, this is a show that we want viewers to associate with the CW."

Created by Rock and LeRoi and narrated by Rock, "Chris" is inspired by the comedian's childhood experiences growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., during the early 1980s. Tyler James Williams stars as Rock.

"Chris" is a production of CBS Paramount Network Television Inc. in association with Chris Rock Enterprises Inc. and 3 Arts Entertainment.

"Chris" launched on UPN as one of the most buzzworthy new series of the 2005-06 season. The critically praised show now airs as part of the CW's Monday comedy block.

Rock and LeRoi are executive producing "Chris" with 3 Arts' Michael Rotenberg and Dave Becky.