CW's sophomore comedy Everybody Hates Chris has been given an early pickup for next season. This marks the first pickup the network has given to any of its current schedule.
Chris premiered on UPN after much hype in the 2005-06 season, scoring strong ratings and critical accolades. The show has been nominated both seasons by the NAACP for its NAACP Image Awards, and has recieved Emmy, Golden Globe, and People's Choice award nominations.
The CW has given the Chris Rock-produced show a full third-season order of 22 episodes. Early in the fall season, Chris and the CW's comedy block--Girlfriends, All of Us, and The Game--stumbled in the ratings on Sunday nights, but after the net moved the shows to Monday nights the numbers improved.
"Under the creative guidance of Chris Rock and Ali LeRoi and performances from an incredibly talented cast, Everybody Hates Chris has consistently proven itself to be one of the best comedies on television," said CW president Dawn Ostroff. "Producing one great episode after another, this is a show that we want viewers to associate with The CW. We couldn't be happier to bring it back for another season."
The network also announced midseason start dates for two shows. The reality series Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll will start Tuesday, March 6 at 9 p.m. The returning America's Next Top Model will begin its eighth cycle Wednesday, February 28 at 8 p.m.