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NBC scales back 'Singles' order

NBC is looking to cut back the order of the midseason comedy series "The Singles Table," sources said.

The 20th Century Fox TV-produced show, originally picked up for 13 episodes, has now been asked to produce six half-hours. Five episodes, including the pilot, already have been completed.

"Singles," from writers-executive producers Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, is a single-camera comedy revolving around five strangers who bond after sitting together at the singles table at a mutual friend's wedding.

The show's cast includes John Cho, Jarrad Paul and late addition Alicia Silverstone.

Observers noted that an episode-order cutback would be pricey for NBC given the international sales already in place for the show and the episode-fee guarantees associated with high-level talent like Silverstone. (Nellie Andreeva)