WB bumps episode orders for drama, comedy series

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The WB Network has picked up additional episodes of two freshman series, Related and Twins, although neither received an order for a full season.

The one-hour Related has nabbed an order for six segments, bringing its season total to 19, while the comedy Twins, which stars Sara Gilbert, Molly Stanton, and Melanie Griffith, has been given a five-episode pickup for a total of 18.

Freshman series normally get a nine-episode "back order" for a full-season 22 episodes, a procedure WB followed with its best-performing new show, hot drama Supernatural.

The reduced back orders for Related and Twins are said to be partially related to the process of cost-cutting throughout the divisions of Warner Bros.

Related and Twins have enjoyed support from the network. After a shaky start, the shows were moved into better-protected time slots. Related relocated to 9 p.m. Monday behind 7th Heaven, with reruns airing in its original 9 p.m. Wednesday berth, while Twins slid back an hour to 9:30 p.m. Friday, following Reba.

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