Fox reups 20th pair, mulls shifting ‘Hill’

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Fox Broadcasting Co. is expected to renew two series from 20th Century Fox TV that had been on the bubble: Chris Carter’s drama “Millennium” and the midseason Vivica A. Fox comedy “Getting Personal.”

Fox on Tuesday began ordering series for its fall schedule, which is not yet set, but will be unveiled Thursday in New York.

Among the series that received pickups are the Carsey-Werner comedy from the creators of “3rd Rock From the Sun,” tentatively titled “Teenage Wasteland,” and Touchstone/Wind Dancer’s comedy with Sue Costello.

Warner Bros.’ “Brimstone” was picked up and could air Tuesdays at 9 p.m., while Studios USA’s “Hollyweird” was expected to get an order and may lead into “Millennium” on Fridays.

Other shows still in contention for fall and midseason include “World’s Wildest Police Videos” and 20th Century Fox’s “Holding the Baby,” which Fox is mulling for a Sunday 7:30 p.m. spot.

The Diane English comedy “Living in Captivity” and a Disney sitcom with Dave Chappelle are possibilities for fall or mid-season.

The most anticipated question is whether Fox will move its Sunday animated hit “King of the Hill” to Thursday at 8 p.m. this fall. Sources said the web has definitely not ruled out such a move.

Separately, UPN plans to pick up the ABC comedy “Soul Man” are officially dead, but the netlet started ordering other series for its fall schedule, also to be unveiled Thursday.

A spokesman for “Soul Man” star Dan Aykroyd said, “He’s chosen not to continue with the series, period. It’s over.”

The Wind Dancer/Touchstone sitcom anchored ABC’s Tuesday lineup at the start of the season, but was quickly shifted to a more protected timeslot and taken off the air midseason to make way for a replacement show.

After ABC decided not to renew the series, UPN offered to order 44 episodes, but sources say the netlet and the show’s producers could not come to terms over price.

UPN has ordered the drama “Mercy Point” from Columbia TriStar and Mandalay Entertainment, which stars Joe Morton as a doctor in space. The show could lead into “Star Trek: Voyager” on Wednesday.

The netlet also ordered the comedy “Guys Like Us” from Columbia TriStar, which stars Maestro Harrell as a kid whose brother takes care of him.

Atlantis Films has received a pickup for “Legacy,” a family drama set on a horse ranch in Kentucky after the Civil War. Two other comedies, Paramount’s “Diresta” and “The Secret Diaries of Desmond Pfeiffer,” are also strong contenders.

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