Sked moves: 'Fri. Night Lights' staying on
'100' a big winner at NBCNBC has picked up 10 additional episodes of its promising new game show "1 vs. 100." The network also has ordered six more scripts from its critically praised but low-rated new drama "Friday Night Lights."
Meanwhile, CBS has pulled the plug on the midseason drama series "Waterfront."
The 10-episode pickup for "100" brings the order for the Endemol USA quiz show to 15 episodes. In its premiere last week, the show, hosted by Bob Saget, dominated the competition with 12.6 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/13 share among adults 18-49, NBC's best demo delivery with non-Olympics programming in the Friday 9 p.m. hour in nearly four years.
"100" originally was scheduled to move to its regular Friday 8 p.m. slot this week, leading in to the season premiere of "Las Vegas." NBC has decided to keep the game show in the 9 p.m. period behind "Deal or No Deal" for another week, pushing the season debut of "Las Vegas" to Oct. 27.
The six-script order for "Lights," combined with network's pickup of three more scripts last week, brings the order for the NBC Universal TV Studio drama to nine scripts, matching the number of episodes the series needs for a full-season order.
In its three airings, "Lights" has struggled in the Tuesday 8-9 p.m. hour, most recently posting 6.6 million viewers and a 2.7/7 in 18-49.
To boost the show's profile, the network will air an original episode Oct. 30 in the Monday 10 p.m. period, after NBC's breakout drama hit "Heroes." The episode of "Lights," which will repeat in the series' original Tuesday 8 p.m. slot the next night, will replace a repeat of soft freshman drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," which airs in the Monday 10-11 p.m. hour.
"Lights" is executive produced by Peter Berg, Brian Grazer, David Nevins, Sarah Aubrey and Jason Katims.
Production on "Waterfront" has been shut down with four episodes, including the pilot, completed. According to sources, the decision was based on creative reasons, high production costs and limited shelf space at CBS.
"Waterfront," from Warner Bros. TV, was a last-minute pilot pickup this past development season. The show stars Joe Pantoliano as the charismatic and ethically challenged mayor of Providence, R.I.