FOX Trims 'Jezebel James' Order

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FOX has cut down on the series order for "The Return of Jezebel James," the new comedy from Amy Sherman-Palladino.

The industry trades are reporting that the series, which stars Parker Posey and Lauren Ambrose, has seen its episode order reduced from 13 to seven, a number that includes the pilot. At the upfronts in May, FOX said that "Jezebel James" would air on Wednesday nights at 8:30 in the spring.

Dianne Wiest, Ron McLarty, Michael Arden and Scott Cohen co-star, with Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls") and Daniel Palladino executive producing.

While this news can't exactly be looked at as encouraging, it also isn't necessarily discouraging.

Due to the expandability of "American Idol," midweek comedy slots in the spring are often hard to come by. In recent seasons, FOX's midseason sitcoms -- including "Life on a Stick" and "The Loop" -- have had a difficult time finding a consistent place on the network's schedule. While those shows at least aired with the advantage of the "Idol" bump, last season's FOX midseason comedies were either burnt off in three weeks on Sundays ("The Winner") or burnt off over a series of nights in the summer (a second season of "The Loop").

In addition to "Jezebel James," FOX's midseason also includes "Unhitched" (ordered for six episodes) on the comedy front, plus new dramas "New Amsterdam," "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and "Canterbury's Law."

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