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Fox is hot on The Mick. In a rare move with a midseason show, the network has upped the comedy’s freshman order to 17 episodes.
The additional four episodes follow The Mick‘s strong Jan. 1 premiere. With live-plus-seven day ratings now in for the post-NFL bow, it ranks as the season’s top comedy debut among adults 18-49 and Fox’s best live-action half-hour to launch since New Girl in 2011.
Fox announced the news at Wednesday’s meeting of the Television Critics Association. It comes just 10 days — and three episodes — after The Mick kicked off. On Tuesdays, in its regular slot, the show has now twice built on its New Girl lead-in.
The Mick comes from Dana Walden’s and Gary Newman’s own studio, 20th Century Fox Television, and was created by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia scribes John and Dave Chernin. Always Sunny star Kaitlin Olson is pulling double duty as lead on The Mick.
“We shoot Sunny in little over two months, so this show would never butt up against that,” Olson said during a panel later that morning, adding that it did feel different to be the lead instead of just the only female in an ensemble. “I’m so grateful to Fox because they promised to help us make the show that we wanted to make. I’m extremely flattered an honored.”
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