ABC close to ordering "V" revival

TV Arts


ABC close on 'V,' set for 'Ted'
Alphabet net also near deal for 'Associates'
By Nellie Andreeva

It looks like “V” will live again on TV.

Sources said ABC is close to a series order for the Warner Bros.
TV-produced reimagining of the 1980s mini-series.

Also in negotiations for a midseason order is 20th TV’s dramedy “The

Meanwhile, ABC on Friday night also renewed the 20th-produced
midseason comedy “Better Off Ted.”

There was speculation that “V” might get a short midseason order, but
indication on Friday night was that the pickup would probably be for
13 episodes.

“Associates,” which was redeveloped after being originally ordered to
pilot last development season, is in the running for a six-episode

Because of the short order, 20th TV had not accepted it but was heavy
in negotiations with ABC Friday night and indication was a deal would
be reached.

The down-to-the-wire negotiations underscore the level of intense
bargaining this season where the networks put a lot of pressure on the
studios, especially outside suppliers, to lower license fees/orders.

As for “Ted,” the quirky single-camera comedy didn’t pop but showed
solid retention from its lead-in “Scrubs.”

The two shows are also rumored to continue as a pair next season, now
that both were renewed Friday night.

Remaining in contention for a pickup at ABC are drama pilots
“Eastwick” and “The Forgotten” and comedies “The Middle,”
“Romantically Challenged,” “Hank” (formerly untitled Kelsey Grammer
project) and “The Law.”
Well, whaddaya know.  I'm surprised.  Also pleased.