Fox Extends Cleveland Show for 9 Episodes

Fox has ordered another nine episodes of The Cleveland Show's second season, bringing that series to mid-2011:

The network Wednesday gave a back nine order to Cleveland's second season, which is already under way (due to the long lead time necessary for animated series).

Fox had earlier picked up a full first season of Cleveland, and more recently gave a greenlight to season two's first 13 episodes. Pickup now brings the show's total tally to 44 -- even though just three segs have aired so far.

Net execs were likely bullish on the fact that Cleveland is so far the fall's top-rated new series among adults 18-49 (beating out NCIS: Los Angeles).

Fourteen members of the TV Deadpool chose Cleveland for cancellation, including Washington Post copy editor Doris Truong. It's going to cost them. They can't even hope for some kind of scandal or disaster to befall a cast member.

Fox also is bragging that it can get through the fall with no cancellations:

Peter Rice, Kevin Reilly, Ira Kurgan, Preston Beckman and Mike Darnell did a Town Hall with Fox broadcasting folk today. The only major news made by the TV execs is that they're confident they can get though the fall without any cancellations, though they may not order a Back 9 on everything.

I picked Brothers as my only Fox cancellation in the pool. Given its ratings, I would be extremely surprised if it survives to January.

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