Network cuts back on Parker Posey sitcom
Fox has downsized its order for laffer “The Return of Jezebel James,” which is still on tap for a midseason bow.Also, the net said it has picked up a few more scripts of frosh drama “K-Ville.” Fox confirmed Friday it had reduced its order on “Jezebel James” from 13 to seven episodes. Fox blamed its tight midseason sked for the decision to reduce the “Jezebel” order. “For several years, midseason has been a busy time at Fox as we prepare to launch new series and make room for returning favorites like ’24’ and ‘American Idol,'” the net said. “We have always planned to launch ‘The Return of Jezebel James’ in midseason, and seven episodes are all we need to allow us to program the series through the current broadcast season.” Fox has a rather hefty list of new midseason entries that also includes “Unhitched,” “Canterbury’s Law” and “New Amsterdam” (which was pushed from fall). “Jezebel James” stars Parker Posey as a New York book editor who realizes she wants a baby — and asks her estranged sister (played by Lauren Ambrose) to carry it. Regency TV is behind the show, which comes from exec producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino. As for “K-Ville,” the net has picked up two more scripts of the show beyond its initial 13-seg order. Show hasn’t made much of an impact in the ratings so far, but additional scripts will allow the show’s producers to get a jump on things in case the net opts to give it a full-season pickup (and in the event of a writers strike). Fox’s other new fall scripted skein, “Back to You,” is expected to get a full-season pickup — possibly as soon as this week. (Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)
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