NBC Picks Up "Lipstick Jungle," "Scrubs"
NBC has added the drama "Lipstick Jungle" based on the best-selling novel by Candace Bushnell to its fall slate, while its comedy "Scrubs" has been renewed for a 7th season of 18 episodes.
Bushnell's previous book was turned into the HBO hit "Sex and the City." "Lipstick Jungle" will cover similar territory, depicting the lives of a group of successful professional women in New York, also starring Lindsay Price and Kim Raver.
Yesterday the network announced that it has greenlighted the second season of the critically-acclaimed but low-rated "Friday Night Lights" and given 13-episode orders to new dramas "The Bionic Woman," "Journeyman," "Chuck" and "Life."
It is not clear if 'Jungle' will air in the fall or as a midseason replacement.
Meanwhile the network has agreed to do a 7th season of "Scrubs" (ABC has again expressed interest in the series should NBC give it a pass,) but due to a high production cost (including Zach Braff's salary) it ordered only 18 episodes.
Meanwhile, an agreement with the producers of "The Office" was made to bring back the 18-49 hit for a new season of 24 episodes, 4 of which will be hour-long specials.
Earlier there was speculation "The Office" would be turned into a 1-hour show. The extra episodes will compensate lack in the "Scrubs" episode order.
This means all Thursday night comedies have been renewed for the 2007-2008 season and the night will remain intact.
Meanwhile New York Times reports that in addition to the already rumored "Crossing Jordan" NBC will also axe "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and "The Black Donnellys." NBC has yet to confirm that.
"E.R.," "Heroes," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Las Vegas," "Medium" and the game show "Deal or No Deal" will be returning.
The jury is still out on the other two "Law & Orders" and "The Apprentice."
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