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Last Updated: Friday, 10 November 2006, 16:37 GMT
Extension for US drama Studio 60
Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford
Perry and Whitford star as writer Matt Albie and producer Danny Tripp
US TV executives have ordered a further nine episodes of drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, despite low ratings.

The programme, made by The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, was greeted warmly by US critics but has failed to attract as many viewers as hoped.

Some 7.7m viewers watched Monday's episode on NBC, compared with the 16.8m who tuned into CSI: Miami on CBS.

The high profile show starring former Friends actor Matthew Perry began its run in the US on 18 September.

NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip had a "passionate core audience".

'Crackling dialogue'

"I am pleased to show our support for this outstanding and ambitious effort from executive producers Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme," Mr Reilly added.

Studio 60 is Sorkin's first TV show since leaving the award-winning White House drama in 2003.

The show will be broadcast in the UK next year on More4.

A review in USA Today after Studio 60's premiere said it was "brimming with wit, drama and urgency", while Variety praised its "crackling dialogue".

The Hollywood reporter praised the "ambitious and hugely entertaining drama" for its "intelligent dialogue, ironic humour and brilliant acting".

"Studio 60 lays claim to being the most exciting new show of the season," it concluded.




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