Dirty, sexy, back-nine order

Dirtysexymoney Whoa, what is this? Regular news in TV land?

After a week of talk about unpaid hiatuses, force majeure, production shut downs, etc., it’s nice to suddenly be told of a good ol’ fashioned “back nine” pickup.

ABC announced Friday that it had given a full-season order to “Dirty Sexy Money,” the quirky drama about a filthy rich, eccentric family (led by family patriarch Donald Sutherland) and the sane personal attorney who tries to keep them all together (Peter Krause).

“Dirty Sexy Money” is turning into quite a sleeper sensation, and its consistent quality is starting to wow critics — including some who initially didn’t pay much attention to it.

As for giving a back nine greenlight in the middle of a strike, yes, it’s a bit unusual. After all, no one knows when those episodes will ever be shot.

But ABC believes in the show, and it sends a message that it will still be around post-strike. Plus,  it’s also a nice sign that once the strike ends, life will (hopefully) go back to normal, TV shows will once again have episodes to produce and viewers will once again have original, scripted TV to enjoy.

— Michael Schneider

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