New orders for 'Sarah,' 'Galactica'


There's good news for Comedy Central's "The Sarah Silverman Program" and Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica" as both series have been handed additional-season orders.

Comedy Central has renewed "Sarah Silverman" for an expanded second season after only two aired episodes (the show debuted Feb. 1). The network has ordered 14 episodes for Season 2 — the first seven episodes of which are set to debut in the fall — which significantly bumps up the number of episodes from the show's first-season order of six.

The series, which airs from 10:30-11 p.m. Thursdays, de-buted to good numbers for the network, drawing 1.8 million total viewers. That figure made the show's debut the best for a Comedy Central original since the premiere of the animated series "Drawn Together" (2.2 million viewers) in 2004.

After two episodes, "Sarah Silverman" is averaging 1.7 million viewers and 1.3 million in the key adults 18-49 demo.

Meanwhile, Sci Fi is expected to announce today that it's giving "Galactica" a fourth-season pickup. The network has ordered 13 episodes, targeted for a January premiere.

Meanwhile, HGTV said Monday that it has ordered additional episodes of three real estate-themed series: "Hidden Potential," produced by Leopard Films, and "National Open House" and "My House Is Worth What?" produced by Pie Town Prods.