At least one freshman TV series received some good news today. “Malibu Country,” starring Reba McEntire as a woman wronged by her cheating country star husband, has received an order for five new episodes, ABC announced today (Nov. 28).
The network matched the order for its lead-in, the sophomore sitcom “Last Man Standing,” the top-rated show in Friday’s 8:00 p.m. half-hour in the 18-49 demographic.
Two other ABC freshman series recently received full-season orders: “Nashville,” the country-music soap starring Connie Britton, and another 30-minute sitcom, “The Neighbors.” Shonda Rhimes‘ “Scandal” also got a full second season.
ABC’s show of good faith came on the same day that three other new series — FOX’s “Mob Doctor,” The CW’s “Emily Owens, M.D.” and MTV’s “The Inbetweeners”– were canceled by their networks. (The medical dramas will air all 13 of their original episode orders.)
“Last Man Standing” and “Malibu Country” air Friday nights at 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. on ABC.