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"Prison Break", "American Dad," NBC's "The Office", USA Network's "The 4400" all renewed

(Posted September 29, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

Wednesday was a happy day for producers of Fox's "Prison Break" and "American Dad," NBC's "The Office" and USA Network's "The 4400."

All four shows have earned pickup orders from their respective networks.

Fox ordered nine episodes each of taut drama "Prison Break," which led the charge for network this season, and animated comedy "Dad," bringing their complement to a full season's worth of 22 episodes.

"Prison Break" got off to a strong start in its preseason August 29 launch and in recent weeks has held its own in the 9 p.m. Monday slot as Fox's rivals have rolled out their new Monday programs.

"American Dad" bowed in May behind Fox's relaunch of "Family Guy" in the Sunday 9-10 p.m. hour. "Dad," from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, has not been as big a Nielsen hit as "Family Guy" or "The Simpsons," but it has helped put Fox back in the game with the younger set on a competitive night.

NBC confirmed it has given the green light to produce seven additional episodes of "The Office," bringing the total for the offbeat comedy's sophomore year to 13 episodes.

USA signed up for a second 13-episode season of the Emmy-nominated "4400," a sci-fi saga about the reappearance of 4,400 people who were previously reported missing or dead but suddenly returned to Earth with mysterious powers.

Production on the next batch of episodes will begin in Vancouver, possibly in late winter, with a target premiere date for summer, according to Jeff Wachtel, executive vp original programing at USA.

"4400" became a surprise hit for USA in July 2004, premiering to 7.4 million total viewers, which at the time was the record for the highest-rated series debut in basic cable history. Initially, "4400" aired as a six-hour limited-run series, but USA in October ordered a full 13-episode season, which concluded August 28. This year, "4400" was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, including outstanding miniseries.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Source: Yahoo! News

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