FOX, which has already renewed a number of its current shows for next season, got a further jump on its 2006-07 schedule Thursday with the pickup of two pilots.
The comedy "'Til Death," starring "Everybody Loves Raymond" alum Brad Garrett, and the drama "Vanished," about the kidnapping of a senator's wife, both received the green light for fall, the showbiz trade papers report. The two shows will join the likes of "Prison Break," "24," "House" and "The Simpsons" on FOX's schedule for next season.
The early pickups, about three weeks ahead of FOX's upfront presentation to advertisers, will allow the two shows to begin the process of hiring writers and crew and possibly starting production ahead of the normal schedule.
That could be important if FOX follows the fall premiere pattern it did last year, when it tried to establish a few shows prior to the network's coverage of the baseball playoffs and World Series in October. The strategy worked for "Prison Break" this season, which got seven episodes in before being sidelined for baseball.
"'Til Death" also stars Eddie Kaye Thomas ("American Pie") and Kat Foster as newlyweds still basking in the glow of their recent marriage. Garrett, a three-time Emmy winner for "Raymond," and Joely Fisher ("Desperate Housewives") play their neighbors, who have been married for 20-plus years and for whom the bloom is off.
"Vanished" comes from former "CSI" writer Josh Berman and exec producers Mimi Leder ("John Doe," "ER") and Paul Redford. The drama surrounds the abduction of a senator's wife, which leads to the uncovering of a wider conspiracy. Its cast includes Ming-Na ("ER," "Inconceivable"), John Allen Nelson ("24"), Chris Egan ("Empire"), John Patrick Amedori ("Stick It") and Rebecca Gayheart ("Dead Like Me").
It's the second kidnapping drama to earn a spot on the network airwaves for the fall. NBC previously ordered a drama called "Kidnapped."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times