CBS picks up more ‘Purpose’

Net nabs five more episodes of Elfman comedy

CBS has picked up five more episodes of “Accidentally on Purpose.”

Greenlight is a sign that the Eye still sees some promise in the Jenna Elfman starrer, particularly after the show exhibited an uptick in Monday night’s ratings.

But “Accidentally” still hasn’t kept pace with the rest of the Eye’s strong Monday lineup — hence the decision to pick up a “back five” instead of a “back nine.”

“Accidentally” has averaged 8 million viewers, as well as a 3.1 rating and 7 share with adults 18-49.

CBS TV Studios produces “Accidentally,” which comes from exec producers Claudia Lonow, Lloyd Braun, Gail Berman and Gene Stein.

Show stars Elfman as a single woman who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a younger man — and winds up sticking with him. “Accidentally” also stars Ashley Jensen, Jon Foster, Grant Show, Lennon Parham and Nicolas Wright.

That leaves Sunday night drama “Three Rivers” as the last of CBS’ frosh crop to earn additional episodes; it’s unlikely at this point that the show will continue, although no final decision has been made.

The additional “Purpose” episodes rounds out a strong fall for producers BermanBraun; that shingle’s NBC drama “Mercy” scored a full “back nine” pickup, while its Discovery series “Swords” and MTV entry “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” also just landed renewals.

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