ABC has asked for more scripts for its second-year show "What About Brian," but as is the case with a lot of shows this fall, the network hasn't committed to actually filming any more episodes.
The network has ordered four additional scripts for the drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That sort of order, which lets the network see where a show might be headed without the more costly production commitment, has become a common practice in this season's breakout hit-deprived climate.
ABC has also given script orders to its new shows "The Nine," "Help Me Help You" and "Men in Trees" without pulling the trigger on new episodes. NBC, CBS and FOX have made similar moves with some of their new series, including "Friday Night Lights," "Justice," "The Class" and "Studio 60."
"What About Brian," which focuses on a single guy (Barry Watson) among a group of mostly coupled-up friends, has seen its ratings improve some this season over its brief run last spring. So far this fall the show is drawing about 6.9 million viewers per week, up from 6.3 million last season.
It also does a good job of holding the audience from its lead-in, "The Bachelor," retaining about 85 percent of that show's total viewers and better than 90 percent of its adult 18-49 rating.