Execs show confidence with 'Savages,' 'Rodney'
ABC has given a vote of confidence to both of its frosh laffers, picking up a full season of newcomers “Complete Savages” and “Rodney.”Net has greenlit nine more episodes of each sitcom, in addition to the 13 segs previously ordered. Neither show has exploded out of the gate, compared with the instant success of Alphabet dramas “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost.” But in an age where all six nets are having a difficult time launching comedies, ABC execs have decided to show a little patience in nurturing both shows. “Rodney,” from Touchstone TV, has averaged 9.3 million viewers, as well as a 3.8 rating and 9 share among adults 18-49; NBC Universal TV-produced “Complete Savages” has posted a 2.1/7 with adults 18-49, and has averaged 5.93 million viewers. “Rodney” regularly wins its timeslot (against regular programming) in the demo, while “Savages” has held all of its “8 Simple Rules” lead-in. “Rodney” stars standup comedian Rodney Carrington as a family man living in America’s heartland. Laffer was created by Don Reo and Damon Wayans as well as Ric Swartzlander; Swartzlander and David Himelfarb exec produce. Series also stars Jennifer Aspen, Amy Pietz, Nick Searcy Oliver Davis and Matthew Josten. “Complete Savages” revolves around a single man (Keith Carradine) raising five teenage boys. Show comes from Mel Gibson and his Icon Pictures, and was created by Mike Scully and Julie Thacker-Scully. Scully, Thacker-Scully, Gibson and Bruce Davey are exec producers. Show also stars Andrew Eiden, Shaun Sipos, Erik von Detten, Evan Ellingson, Jason Dolley and Vincent Ventresca.