"Cane" & NBC Shows Get Script Ordrers
Script orders may not necessarily be full-season pick-ups yet, but they are definitely a step in the right direction. Suddenly there is hope for CBS' Florida-based sudser "Cane," The CW's freshman comedy "Aliens in America" and all four NBC dramas "Chuck," "Journeyman," "The Bionic Woman" and "Life."
The writers of all of these shows were asked to come up with three additional scripts, except for "Cane" where CBS ordered 4 scripts.
It is not unusual for networks to order additional scripts when they see a potential in a series.
Before they make the final decision whether to give a show a full season pick-up or not, they networks can see in which direction the show will be going creatively.
This year the networks are also eager to have scripts on hand due to the increasingly likely November 1 writer's strike.
Only one freshman network series has received a full season renewal thus far - The CW ordered additional 9 episodes of "Gossip Girl" on Tuesday.