`What About Brian': He's picked up
Apparently ABC liked those extra scripts for "What About Brian" it asked for a couple of weeks ago.
The network has picked up the second-year series for the full season, adding nine more episodes to the 13 it initially ordered for 2006-07. Although the show delivers relatively modest overall ratings, it does well enough among younger viewers - particularly young women - to justify the pickup.
ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson is also an avowed fan of the show, which he gave a somewhat surprising pickup last spring after "Brian" averaged only 6.3 million viewers in its initial run.
The show's total audience has grown a little this season, to 6.7 million viewers. More important to ABC, though, is that it holds on to nearly all of the adults 18-49 audience from its lead-in, "The Bachelor: Rome," and draws particularly well among women 18-34.
"What About Brian," created by Dana Stevens and executive produced by J.J. Abrams ("Lost"), stars Barry Watson as a 30ish guy in the midst of trying to figure out his life. The cast also includes Sarah Lancaster, Matthew Davis, Rick Gomez, Amanda Detmer and Rosanna Arquette.
The pickup also gives ABC some stability in a season where some of its first-year shows are on shaky ground. The critically hailed drama "The Nine" has struggled thus far on Wednesday nights, and the network recently shelved "Six Degrees" until at least January; "Men in Trees," which has also earned a full-season pickup, will take the latter show's place on Thursdays at the end of this month.