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According to Jim: ABC Sitcom Returning for Season Eight?

According to JimLast May, many news outlets were reporting that ABC’s According to Jim had been cancelled along with George Lopez. But, in a surprise move in June, the network renewed Jim for 18 episodes and its seventh season. It seemed like the venerable sitcom was incredibly lucky to have dodged the cancellation bullet. Now, it turns out that Jim’s luck hasn’t run out yet.

Despite low ratings, it looks like ABC is going to be bringing back Jim Belushi, Courtney Thorne Smith, and the rest of the Jim cast for yet another season. It’s been reported that negotiations are underway for season eight but the word around town is that it’s a done deal.

Why does the network want to bring the sitcom back yet again? Well, there are several reasons behind the unlikely renewal and, of course, they’re all financial.

Though the sitcom’s ratings are significantly lower than what they have been in years past, the sitcom typically matches or outperforms ABC’s newer Tuesday night comedies like Carpoolers and Cavemen). Coupled with the fact that pilot scripts for new series are in shorter supply right now because of the writers strike, ABC likely feels more secure having new episodes of Jim waiting in the wings.

The series is produced by ABC’s in-house production company which helps keep costs low. On top of that, the series is very profitable in syndication and another season’s worth of episodes will add to the cash-cow.

If the series does indeed return for an eighth year, how many new episodes will ABC order? How many years will the series go on? Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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Tandra September 26, 2009 at 9:49 am

I’m a dedicated watcher of According to Jim..bring the show back! All of my other shows have been cancelled over the last 2 years and I’d like to have at least one good show to watch on ABC. If According to Jim goes than so do I, ABC will be off of my list.

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Mike June 4, 2009 at 1:50 pm

love according to jim/george lopez my favorites tv shows at night, please kept them on.

Same here…

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angie February 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm

love according to jim/george lopez my favorites tv shows at night, please kept them on.

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Debbie Stillwell May 1, 2008 at 9:34 am

I love According to Jim. All the actors are great! If it was not opposite to American Idol it would have a fighting chance!

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scott March 19, 2008 at 2:27 pm

According to jim is the best show on tv

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kristen March 16, 2008 at 2:59 pm

bring back october road please and what about brian, and ilove that show bachlor and bachlorlete u will score ratings if bring back old contasnts like bevin or trish the evil bitch.

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kristen March 16, 2008 at 2:56 pm

ihate carpoolers and cavemen is a weird show. bring better shows like what about brian on tue. and october road on mon. and whatever else ilove that show bachlor and bacholette. I love deanna. and ilove jenni. and love princess melrose think thatss her name.

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