The extra-busy week in the television industry wasted no time getting rolling, as news of network pickups spilled out in advance of official announcements.
Scoop out of Fox's headquarters was first out the gate, and it consists of a few unsurprising series pickups and one shocker of a cancellation.
Science-fiction wunderkind J.J. Abrams will add to his television portfolio--which includes Alias and Lost--with Fringe. Fox is eyeing the fall season for the show to premiere, says Broadcasting & Cable. The show will star Joshua Jackson as an FBI agent investigating unexplained phenomena.
Also reportedly scooped up by Fox are the comedies The Inn and Sit Down, Shut Up. The Inn is a half-hour multicamera comedy following the rough-around-the-edges staff of a posh New York City hotel. Sit Down, Shut Up is an animated adaptation of the live-action Australian series of the same name. The comedy, from Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz and featuring the voices of Arrested's Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, centers on teachers at a high school who put their own lives way ahead of their students.
While the cast and crew of those shows are likely dishing out high fives all around, those involved in the freshman show Back to You are not. The newsroom comedy starring sitcom heavyweights Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) and Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) will not return for a sophomore season. Once thought to be a staple on Fox for years to come, the show was apparently deemed too expensive to keep around.
However, Grammer and Heaton may not be leaving their desks for good. TVWeek reports that CBS is considering picking up the show for its own schedule, as it looks to revamp its comedy lineup.
Fox also handed out a third-season order to the comedy 'Til Death, starring Raymond vet Brad Garrett, and, according to LA Weekly's Nikki Finke, shot down McG's Americanized version of the British classic Spaced (phew!).