For the last few years, TV sitcoms have routinely struggled to compete against dramas and reality television series. But the TV landscape may be changing yet again.
Fox has announced that it has given Zooey Deschanel's sitcom, "The New Girl" a full season pickup after just two episodes, with an impressive 11 episode order that will bring the first season to a total of 24 episodes. Created by Elizabeth Meriwether, "The New Girl" features Deschanel as Jess, a newly single young school teacher who moves in with three guys portrayed by Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Lamorne Morris.
The first episode of "The New Girl" debuted to over 10 million viewers, with the second episode holding steady at 9.26, making it the first breakout comedy hit for Fox in several seasons.
"We love the charming Zooey Deschanel and the entire cast," noted Fox's President of Entertainment, Kevin Reily. "We're knocked out with the work that Liz Meriwether and the whole staff is doing and we are really psyched about the upcoming episodes in the pipeline. It's great that audiences have responded so positively so far and we're confident that even more people will embrace the show — and more comedy on FOX — this season."
Over on CBS, "2 Broke Girls" has also performed strongly after two episodes and it is highly likely to receive a full season order soon. Other strong contenders for additional first season episodes are "Person of Interest," "Revenge," "Pan Am," "Whitney" and "Up All Night."
However, other shows haven't been as lucky and appear to be on the verge of cancelation. Thus far, NBC's "Free Agents" and "The Playboy Club" as well as The CW's "H8r" appear to be likely to get the proverbial hook from their respective networks.
Which show will be the first to be canceled in the new season? Which series is the biggest breakout hit? Make your predictions about this Fall's renewals and cancelations in the comment section below!