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Networks Chase Sitcom Gold

According to an analysis of pilot orders by Barclays Capital analyst Anthony DiClemente, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox have ordered a total of 84 pilots, and 44 are comedies. Last year, the big four ordered 81 pilots, of which 34 were comedies. The drama orders are basically flat, with 35 ordered this spring compared to 34 last year. DiClemente did not include the CW, but that network has six drama pilots. The CW does not program comedies, at least not intentionally. Fox has ordered the most comedy pilots, with 13 in the works, per the report.

Taking a hit are reality shows. DiClemente, who is sourcing the trades, says there are only five unscripted shows in development at ABC, CBS and NBC combined. Fox has none for the fall but a few for the spring. The CW has four reality show possibilities for the fall.



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