ABC has picked up three scripts each of freshman series Selfie, Manhattan Love Story and Forever. The network has now given some sort of orders to all of its new series after hot drama How To Get Away With Murder and comedy Black-ish received full-season pickups last week.
Additional script orders (usually three) are used by the broadcast networks for freshman series they feel have shown some promise but have not yet proven their case for a full-fledged episodic order. Commissioning extra scripts keeps writers on the shows working, buying the network brass extra couple of weeks to evaluate the series’ performance before having to make a decision on a back episodic order.
So far this fall, NBC has given three-script orders each to Mysteries of Laura and the upcoming Constantine, while the CW ordered three scripts each of The Flash and Jane the Virgin, also ahead of their premieres. The Flash has already secured a full-season order with big ratings for its first two episodes.
Selfie and Manhattan Love Story have been soft, most recently drawing a 1.0 and 0.9 Live+same day ratings in adults 18-49, respectively, last night. But that is in line with expectations as the two comedies were tasked with being self-starters at 8 PM with no support and no stars. Supernatural procedural Forever got off to a promising start but slipped to an 1.1 last night