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CBS wants six segs of ‘Henry,’ ‘Payne’

Eye looks to reduce order after Griffith sitcom left off fall sked

CBS has expressed interest in ordering six episodes of the Melanie Griffith sitcom “Me & Henry” and the John Larroquette comedy “Payne” for midseason, but it’s unclear whether the producers and stars of those shows will accept such short orders.

CBS previously made a 13-episode commitment to Griffith, but her Witt-Thomas/CBS Prods. comedy didn’t make the fall cut. “Payne” was a pilot for fall from Studios USA, which also was left off the fall sked.

Sources say Studios USA and Witt-Thomas may be concerned about deficit financing just six episodes because its harder to amortize production costs for such as small episode order. Larroquette is also said to be less than thrilled with doing just six episodes of the series.

The producers of both series are now discussing per-episode budgets, and deals could be reached by next week. CBS has already ordered 13 episodes of “Turks,” “Becker” and “Magnificent Seven” for midseason.

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