September 28, 2011

THE SKED: Bragging Rights Go to “New Girl”

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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NEW GIRL, riding high off its exceptional rating last night, today became the first new series of the season to score a back-order of Spring episodes.  Even better, FOX made a statement by ordering 11 additional episodes instead of the usual 9 (normally, even if the network thought they’d ultimately want 11, they’d order 9 for now and then add 2 later on, so as to avoid the slightest possibility of paying for episodes they might not actually need).  This will make a total of 24 New Girls for the season. 
The order kicks off an especially fun period at the networks (that was sarcastic), as the producers of every other new show that isn’t an outright flop start badgering anyone who’ll take their calls, demanding to know when their back-order is coming.  First on the phone lists, and deservedly so:  2 Broke Girls.  (I mean they’re broke, right?  So they need the money.)

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."