NBC wants more Kath & Kim

TV viewers optimistically keeping an eye on NBC's upcoming comedy Kath & Kim got some good news today. The show, an adaptation of the Australian hit of the same name, has seen its episode order increase from 6 to 13, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The program had an unusual birth in today's TV business world: NBC opted to skip the pilot process and order Kath & Kim straight to series. The show reportedly finished shooting its first half-hour episode, and apparently things looked good enough to the network to warrant an order for seven more episodes.

Kath & Kim stars Saturday Night Live's Molly Shannon as a 40-something divorced mother who lives in the 'burbs with her daughter, played by Hellboy's Selma Blair.

Today's move is exactly the opposite of a similar scenario that played out last year over at Fox. The Return of Jezebel James, another comedy starring two well-known female actresses (Parker Posey and Lauren Ambrose), received an initial episode order of 13 before getting cut down to seven. Shortly after, the show was canceled after just three episodes.

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