FOX has given an early pickup to the fourth season of 24, with FOX President Gail Berman calling it the “backbone” of their scripted programming. Nice!
With its summer programming slate already in order, FOX is looking forward to the fall, renewing a quartet of its strongest current offerings. The network announced on Wednesday (April 21) that Golden Globe winning drama “24,” admired comedies “The Bernie Mac Show” and “Malcolm in the Middle” and popular freshman drama “The O.C.” will be back for a full season next year.
“We are delighted to bring back ‘Bernie,’ ‘Malcolm,’ ’24’ and ‘The O.C.,'” Berman says. “These celebrated and groundbreaking shows are the backbone of FOX’s scripted programming and we’re pleased that these outstanding series will remain a vital part of our year-round programming mix.”
Earlier this year, “24” captured its first Golden Globe for outstanding drama and after a rough creative start to its third season, recent episodes have garnered fresh critical acclaim. Despite drawing 9.93 million viewers per episode, the show is still off by nearly 2 million from last season.