CBS' 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' may migrate to ABC
"The New Adventures of Old Christine" will reportedly be back next season, but where it will be back is a different question.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC has reached a back-up deal with Warner Brothers TV giving a 22-episode order to "The New Adventures of Old Christine." Of course, that deal will only go into effect if CBS opts not to renew the comedy, which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
"The New Adventures of Old Christine" is currently in its fourth season on CBS, though that includes a 10-episode third season wedged into February and March of 2008 by the network.
This season, CBS paired "The New Adventures of Old Christine" with "Gary Unmarried" in a Wednesday comedy plot that has drawn tepid, but unembarrassing ratings. The comedy has been on CBS' bubble each of its seasons, pulling out last-second renewals. Industry scuttlebutt still has "Old Christine" landing a late CBS renewal this spring.
Louis-Dreyfus has been nominated for a trio of Emmys for "Old Christine," winning for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2006.
The trade report says that ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson is "considered a big fan of the show." McPherson has shown a willingness to pick up other networks' comedy leftovers in the past, bringing over NBC's "Scrubs" for at least one low-rated season, possibly more. The key difference there would be that "Scrubs," unlike "The New Adventures of Old Christine," is an ABC Studios show.
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