ABC has ordered four additional scripts of What About Brian, its sophomore comedy-drama starring Barry Watson of 7th Heaven fame.
Meanwhile, NBC has pulled freshman drama Kidnapped off the schedule, a few weeks after demoting it to the wasteland of Saturday night.
Brian, a midseason entry last season, had received an initial order of 13 episodes for its second round. It has held on to more than 80 percent of its adults 18-49 lead-in from The Bachelor but has regularly finished third in the Monday 10 p.m. slot. However, two weeks ago, Brian edged NBC's star-studded Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip for second place in the hour among adults 18-49.
After three low-rated airings in its original Wednesday 10 p.m. time slot, serialized thriller Kidnapped was moved to Saturdays where it ran for two weeks before the network yanked it on Tuesday. For the next three weeks, NBC will air repeats of Law & Order: Criminal Intent in the Saturday 9 p.m. slot.
Beginning this week, the eight unaired episodes of Kidnapped will run on NBC.com with a new episode premiering every Friday. There is a possibility for the eight episodes to get a second window on the network in some format, with a Kidnapped marathon considered as an option. Production on its 13 episodes is slated to wrap next week.
This is the second scripted NBC series to be moved to NBC.com after a quick cancellation. Back in January, the network's midseason drama The Book of Daniel also ended up online after three weeks on the air.