Fox makes space for 'Boldly,' 'Glee'

Both series close to pickup at the network

Fox's half-hour space comedy "Boldly Going Nowhere" and the hourlong musical comedy "Glee" appear close to series pickups.

That's the word from the network's screenings held Thursday and Friday.

As part of its split development season, Fox brass are viewing four pilots: the 20th TV-produced "Boldly," "Glee" and "Ernesto" and UMS/BermanBraun's "Virtuality."

The execs are said to be very high on "Boldly" -- which hails from the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" trio of Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton -- and on Ryan Murphy's "Glee," whose cut-down 44-minute version of the pilot is being well received.

"Boldly" and "Glee" can go into production quickly because their pilot orders were accompanied by a pickup of additional scripts. With its setting at a high school glee club as well as musical numbers, "Glee" is being eyed for a post-"American Idol" slot.

McElhenney, Day and Howerton created "Boldly" with Adam Stein, while Murphy co-wrote "Glee" with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.

Meanwhile, the Wilmer Valderrama-starring drama "Ernesto" is not expected to go forward. Co-star Nick Zano recently landed a new regular gig on USA's pilot "Operating Instructions."

The two-hour backdoor sci-fi pilot "Virtuality," might stay in consideration for May and be reworked as a more mainstream drama.