Fox fills up on series orders

Net picks up 4 to series; laffer 'Little in Common' a midseason contender

Fox is close to giving the go-ahead to the Rob Thomas sitcom “Little in Common.”

Network might be looking to give the show a midseason slot with some creative retooling. The buzz about the Warner Bros. TV laffer comes on the heels of Fox’s flurry of pilot pickup and cancellation activity. Late Tuesday, Fox gave series orders to laffer “New Girl” and “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” and dramas “Alcatraz” and “The Finder,” a spinoff of “Bones.”

Getting the ax were dramas “Human Target,” “The Chicago Code” and “Lie to Me,” along with comedies “Traffic Light” and “Breaking In.”

“Little in Common” has come on strong in the past few days after failing to generate much buzz earlier in Fox’s screening process. Project stars Rob Corddry and Paula Marshall as adults who become unlikely friends because of the connections between their kids.

Meanwhile, another Fox comedy that had a lot of heat, “Family Album,” has cooled off. It’s expected to undergo some creative retooling but may not land an order in time for Fox’s upfront schedule presentation on Monday.

With its upfront presentation less than a week away, Fox moved fast with its pickup decisions so its exec producers could reach out to creative talent before the deluge hits later this week as the Big Three and CW make their new programming picks. Fox and NBC kick off the broadcast nets’ week of upfront presentations in Gotham on Monday.

In addition to “Alcatraz” and “The Finder,” Fox is poised to order “Touch,” from Tim Kring, with Kiefer Sutherland starring (though the pilot has not lensed yet).