Tension is brewing between NBC and 20th Century Fox over word that the Peacock is planning to reduce its order for midseason Alicia Silverstone laffer “The Singles Table.”
NBC and 20th Century Fox TV execs were unavailable for comment, but insiders said the net will trim its 13-episode commitment to the show to six (five new segs in addition to the pilot).
Twentieth also produces the hit comedy “My Name Is Earl” for the network.
Order reduction comes as NBC Universal execs embark on a round of cost-cutting measures. With only one two-hour block of comedies on the Peacock’s sked (starting Nov. 30), NBC execs likely decided to cut their losses rather than pursue a full 13-episode order of “Singles Table.”
That won’t sit well with 20th; nonetheless, order reductions have become an increasingly frequent phenomenon in the network world as broadcasters re-examine costs midway through the season.
Bill Martin and Mike Schiff exec produce “The Singles Table,” which revolves around a group of people who meet when they’re seated at the same table at a wedding. Silverstone, John Cho, Conor Dubin, Jarrad Paul, Sheetal Sheth and Rhea Seehorn star.