'Studio 60' saved, and other perplexing TV deals

And so, the great EW debate of 2006 may now end: NBC has given Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip a full season pick up. What we don’t know: whether the show will stay in its Monday at 10 p.m. timeslot when the network announces its midseason lineup next week. What we do know: Apparently, Studio 60 has TV’s highest concentration of viewers with a household income of more than $75,000. (We presume that’s because all of Hollywood is watching.) Will those upscale viewers draw deeper-pocketed advertisers, enough to make up for the show’s low ratings?

Also receiving a full season pick up: Men in Trees, which will move to Thursdays at 10 p.m. on Nov. 30. (Sorry, Six Degrees.) And receiving orders for more scripts (not an official renewal but always a good sign): NBC’s Friday Night Lights and 30 Rock and The CW’s Veronica Mars and One Tree Hill.

In other TV news, it’s getting harder to put off adding Showtime to your cable: Michael C. Hall’s Dexter has already been granted a Season 2, and now Variety reports that David Duchovny will start in an untitled drama pilot about a charming character named Hank Moody, "a novelist trying to raise a kid on his own while battling an addiction to sex and drugs." (If only Charlie Sheen didn’t have Two and a Half Men…)

The premium cable network has also signed Kevin Smith to its pilot of the British import Manchild, a title I’d only heard of because it starred Buffy‘s Anthony Stewart Head on the BBC. Smith will be joined in his make-believe midlifecrisis by Sex and the City‘s John Corbett and Rome‘sJames Purefoy. (This is where I second my editor’s first thoughts: "a)Can he act? There’s a reason he played a guy named Silent Bob, and b) Smith’s middle-aged enough to be facing a midlife crisis? Damn, we’reold.")

And on a serious note, Joely Richardson has said she may never returnto Nip/Tuck. According to The Daily Mail,her 15-year-old daughter, Daisy, must undergo a series of surgeries fora rare condition that affects circulation in her legs. Richardson willreturn to England to be with her. Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphyhopes Richardson will be back: "I don’t want to do the show withouther," he said. We’re sorry to see her go, but we can’t wait to see how he writes her exit from theshow — let’s just hope it’s nothing too gruesome.

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  • ag

    YAY!!! Men in Trees is getting a full-season pickup AND a better time slot! Some of my faith in network execs has been restored!

  • junior

    With all the “Studio 60″ hoopla, I had a feeling it would get picked up. Now that it’s going to be around all season, could the people who watch do so in the privacy of their own homes and the people who don’t not have to hear about it ANY more!
    p.s. YEAH! “Men in Trees”!

  • step

    Friday Night Lights had better be picked up. That’s all I have to say.

  • Paul U.

    yay, Nip/Tuck…the character of Julia has become grating. It seems like they are building her up to leaving Sean…the question is, will she go be with Marlo?

  • thwarted

    WOOHOO! More Veronica Mars!

  • Kurt

    Moving “Men In Trees” to after “Grey’s Anatomy” is a great idea. I never understood get why they didn’t put it there in the first place.
    I just hope they officially pick up “Friday Night Lights”. Best new show, hands down.

  • Josh

    I hope to goodness that “Veronica Mars” gets a full-season pick-up! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

  • Lucy

    So excited about “Studio 60″ heard about it a couple of days ago. Perhaps networks are going to start letting shows build audiences. I hope it stays where it is in the tv schedule, good way to start the week, all I watch on Monday’s…though Tuesday at 10 would be a fine time as well. When “Veronica Mars” gets its full season, then we can all say ‘Yeah!’ until then it is a very tentative yeah, because the ratings are not good, they are slipping. Why are all the truly good programs not watched?

  • Dan

    I would love to have been a fly on the wall in the conversation between Warner and NBC. According to Variety, Studio 60 had to cut its pricetag as part of the renewal and I’m sure the Network might have had some creative suggestions as well. Hopefully one is dropping Mark McKinney who hasn’t been funny since leaving Kids in the Hall.

  • Ceballos

    I thought John Corbett “retired”…oh well.
    I’m glad Dexter’s coming back. Best new drama of the season.

  • nova

    I’m tired of NBC talking about how well-off and upscale Studio 60’s audience is. Why does that matter?

  • mike

    Studio 60 and Veronica Mars are my two favorite shows. I’m relieved they are returning. I don’t make as much as their average viewer. Don’t tell please.
    If you don’t watch these shows, enjoy According to Jim or Law & Order. These shows will be around forever, like cockroaches. Let me enjoy the smart programs while I can. Soon NBC will be all game shows all the time and the CW will be another QVC.

  • Ellipsian

    Smart move, CW: “Veronica Mars” is the best–if not highest rated–show they’ve got. Couldn’t be happier!

  • kinglouieXVIII

    I am holding my breath to see if THE CW will give Veronica Mars a full season pick-up, specially b/c I read Rob Thomas’s interview and it sounds like he has prepared an awesome season! If THE CW cancels this truly original show, its official: that network is run by a bunch of deutschbags! I mean it’s their most critically acclaimed show, why would they not keep it?
    I’m also happy about Studio 60 & Men in Trees. While they’re not my favorites of the new season, they are both solid shows. I really hope they grow even more in quality and viewers.

  • trf

    Nova – well off viewers draw premium advertisers who are willing 2 pay premium $. The Network can still make a crap load of $ even if its only a few rich viewers

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