'Tis the Season for Studio 60

Break out the bottles of champagne, and put on your party hats. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is sticking around. Well, at least for the rest of the season.

Forget those meager ratings and that volatile critical climate because NBC announced last night that the quasi-hit drama ain't going anywhere.

According to The New York Times, Kevin Reilly, prez of NBC Entertainment, just ordered another nine episodes, which will last until May.

Apparently, NBC is happy with the ratings. They have been dropping steadily from the 13-odd million from the first episode, but lately, the found stable footing and have kept 7.7 million viewers this past Monday.

But don't get too comfortable just yet. The Monday 10 p.m. ET time slot is a popular one, and Matthew and Brad might not be cool enough to follow time travelers and cheerleaders who feel no pain (Heroes, which is NBC's actual "hit" show, needs a better encore, NBC execs say). Stay tuned, as Reilly will announce a new primetime show schedule next week.


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