Prison Break, The Office, The 4400 – RENEWED
Wednesday was a happy day for producers of Fox’s “Prison Break” and “American Dad,” NBC’s “The Office” and USA Network’s “The 4400.”
All four shows have earned pickup orders from their respective networks.
Fox ordered nine episodes each of taut drama “Prison Break,” which led the charge for network this season, and animated comedy “Dad,” bringing their complement to a full season’s worth of 22 episodes.
“Prison Break” got off to a strong start in its preseason August 29 launch and in recent weeks has held its own in the 9 p.m. Monday slot as Fox’s rivals have rolled out their new Monday programs.
“American Dad” bowed in May behind Fox’s relaunch of “Family Guy” in the Sunday 9-10 p.m. hour. “Dad,” from “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, has not been as big a Nielsen hit as “Family Guy” or “The Simpsons,” but it has helped put Fox back in the game with the younger set on a competitive night.
NBC confirmed it has given the green light to produce seven additional episodes of “The Office,” bringing the total for the offbeat comedy’s sophomore year to 13 episodes.
USA signed up for a second 13-episode season of the Emmy-nominated “4400,” a sci-fi saga about the reappearance of 4,400 people who were previously reported missing or dead but suddenly returned to Earth with mysterious powers.