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Monday October 15, 2007 2:14 pm

Episode Order Cut for ‘Jezebel James’

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, FOX,

Parker Posey It’s never a good sign when the number of episodes ordered for a series gets cut. I’d think it’s a bit of doom and gloom when the show hasn’t even aired yet, but hey, at least the network is still giving it a chance. Albeit a much smaller chance. I’m talking about The Return of Jezebel James, the new sitcom starring Parker Posey. I love Posey—if you’re not familiar with her, check her out in Waiting for Guffman or Best in Show. She’s quirky and adorable and shies away from the mainstream (mostly). So, when I heard she’d be starring in a sitcom I immediately thought she was selling out a bit. No? The Fox comedy was set to run 13 episodes, but the network has trimmed the order to just seven. Is that bad news for the new series? We’ll have to wait and see, I suppose. The premise—Posey is a book editor who asks her sister (played by Lauren Ambrose) to be a surrogate since she’s unable to conceive. According to Fox, “We have always planned to launch The Return of Jezebel James in midseason, and seven episodes are all we need to allow us to program the series through the current broadcast season.” There you have it. Midseason replacement equals a short order. The show was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also created Gilmore Girls.

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