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Pickups and Episode Orders

ABC has given a full-season vote of confidence to its Tuesday comedies “The Goldbergs” and “Trophy Wife.”

The Alphabet ordered the back-nine episodes of “Goldbergs” and “Trophy Wife” and also ordered four more episodes of Wednesday comedy “Super Fun Night.”

The Tuesday frosh laffers have performed respectably on a tough night for ABC against “NCIS: LA” competition on CBS and “The Voice” on NBC. The network gambled this year in fielding all new series on Tuesday. That strategy took a hit early on when 10 p.m. drama “Lucky 7″ was axed after two low-rated airings.



Lifetime has ended its relationship with “The Client List.”

The Jennifer Love Hewitt-starrer saw two seasons on Lifetime, its most recent one bowing earlier this year. Drama centered on a woman working as a prostitute, and is based on a 2010 Lifetime film of the same name. Season one of the series averaged roughly 2.5 million viewers, while season two sank to 2 million.

Lorne Michaels Responds to Lack of Black Women on ‘SNL’

It’s fitting that Kerry Washington will be hosting this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live”: The “Scandal” actress will arrive on the 30 Rockefeller Plaza stages at the tail end of, well, a scandal. The long-running sketch comedy series was criticized earlier this year for not asking any black female comedians to join its cast — a fact only made worse when cast member Kenan Thompson told that the show can “never find ones that are ready” during auditions.

Despite the swift backlash to both of these stories, “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels isn’t rushing to fill his roster.

“It’s not like it’s not a priority for us” to cast a black, female comedian, Michaels told the Associated Press on Thursday. “It will happen. I’m sure it will happen.”

NBC Gives Series Order to Ellie Kemper Comedy from Tina Fey


NBC has given a 13-episode straight to series order for a comedy starring “The Office” alum Ellie Kemper, produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

Series is produced by Universal TV through Tina Fey’s overall deal with the studio. The single-camera comedy about a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in Gotham is targeted to bow next fall, NBC said.

Kemper has been highly sought after for comedy development prospects since “The Office” wrapped its nine-season run on the Peacock this past spring. Fey (pictured right) and Carlock worked shoulder to shoulder as exec producers on “30 Rock,” which ended in January after seven years.

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