ABC Down for More 'Dirty Sexy Money'

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Whenever this TV season picks back up, ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money" will be around for the duration of it.

The network has given a full-season order to the drama series, which has earned steady, if not spectacular ratings, on Wednesday nights this fall. "Dirty Sexy Money" also earns the distinction of being the first show picked up since the start of the writers' strike two weeks ago.

As things stand, the show will at least get close to finishing production on its initial 13-episode order, filming scripts completed before the strike began. But though the Writers Guild of America is set to resume talks with the media companies who employ them after Thanksgiving, the two sides were far apart on several issues, notably residuals for new media, when talks broke off earlier this month.

"Dirty Sexy Money" is averaging about 9.6 million viewers per week this season and a 3.6 rating among the adults 18-49 that advertisers covet. It finishes second in both measures, to CBS' "CSI: NY," in its 10 p.m. Wednesday slot; it usually wins the hour, however, in the younger adults 18-34 demographic.

The show stars Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under") as a young attorney who inherits his late father's clients, the ultra-wealthy Darling family. He takes on their various problems, some big, some silly, while simultaneously trying to uncover whether anyone in the family was involved in his father's death.

Craig Wright created the series and executive produces with Greg Berlanti, Josh Reims, Matthew Gross and Bryan Singer. "Dirty Sexy Money" also stars Donald Sutherland, Jill Clayburgh, William Baldwin, Natalie Zea, Glenn Fitzgerald, Blair Underwood, Zoe McLellan, Seth Gabel and Samaire Armstrong.

It becomes the fourth ABC series to earn a full-season order, following "Private Practice," "Samantha Who?" and "Pushing Daisies."

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