Fox has given a full season pickup to summer sudser “North Shore.”
Back-nine order brings to 22 the total number of episodes greenlit of the Hawaii-based drama from 20th Century Fox Television. Skein bowed in June and, following a break for the Olympics, continues next month with a fresh batch of episodes.
Former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Shannen Doherty recently joined the cast of “North Shore” (Daily Variety, Aug. 10); the pickup announcement came on her first day of shooting.
Gail Berman said the timing of the pickup was tied to the show’s steady ratings perf.
“I looked at the numbers and was very impressed with its growth story,” she said. “It’s catching a wave, no pun intended. (Exec producers) Bert (Salke) and Chris (Brancato) are finding the real voice of the show, and there’s great stuff going on here.”
“North Shore” is averaging a 2.1/7 in adults 18-49 and a 2.3/8 in adults 18-34. Skein’s the top-rated new drama of the summer in the latter demo.
Berman said “North Shore” has been “finding its sea legs” as it morphs into a more traditional sudser and moves away from its early “Upstairs, Downstairs” themes.
Fox wraps up the summer with two new scripted shows renewed for 22 episodes: “North Shore” and laffer “Quintuplets.” Laffer “Method & Red” will be on Fox’s September sked; it’s unclear if its current 16-episode order will be extended.
On the unscripted front, “Trading Spouses” is a bona fide hit, while “The Simple Life” will be back for a third cycle.
“What we’re seeing as we go into fall is a successful comedy, a drama that’s showing growth and is going to extend into the season, and some real potential with ‘Meth & Red,’ ” Berman said. “We’ll see where it goes.”