Exclusive: ABC Orders More 'Eli Stone'

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ABC has issued an early verdict on Eli Stone.

The ratings for tonight’s Eli premiere won’t be available until morning, but the network has already taken the unusual step of ordering four additional scripts of the sophomore legal dramedy.

“It’s an incredible vote of confidence,” gushes executive producer Marc Guggenheim. “I had told [ABC] that in order to keep production rolling [beyond Eli‘s initial 13-episode order], I would need to know by Wednesday [if they wanted more]. I figured at the very least that would give them a day’s worth of ratings to analyze. And they were like, ‘Nope, we’ll just order them now.'”

In other words, ABC is very happy with how the episodes are turning out, beginning with tonight’s season premiere. Speaking of which, did you watch? Was it everything you hoped for and more? Comforted by the faith ABC is showing in Eli? Comment away!

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  • Jason Breslin

    I haven’t seen it yet ‘CAUSE IT HASN’T EVEN AIRED YET!!! but this is very good news and I hope that ABC thinks the same thing about Pushing Daisies!!!

  • Kyle

    This makes me very happy! I love Eli Stone! I am surprised by ABC’s move though. They don’t usually do stuff like that. Now only if they would have a little faith in Pushing Daisies! Come on ABC you gotta have faith!!

  • Amy

    Okay, I’m over here doing the happy dance. I love love LOVE this show. It’s well written, original, creative and all heart. I am beyond happy that the network who sometimes puts money before quality has gotten behind it so early in the game. I’m so proud of ABC and I will be watching tonight (no spoilers please! I’m westcoast;) Here’s hoping for another fantastic season of Eli Stone. It’s just that wonderful of a show.

  • hapaman@gmail.com

    This is a great show with great performances and lots of heart. Very happy to hear this news. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, just give it a chance- it’ll be worth it.

  • obama 4 change

    r u kidding me. clearly abc wants NBC to win this season cause that show was just puke…But boy do i love tina fey, shes so funny as the brainless presidential candidate, unno nbc is gonna win the 08-09 thx to her and snl

  • Sally

    None of this matters. Jonny Lee Miller has been HOT ever since my fav flick Hackers!!! Train Spotting was also a great one too!!!

  • Alex

    Any show that can throw an Alias reference in an episode with a bank name and make law likeable (and keep Victor Garber and Johnny Lee Miller on my TV set) deserves to stick around. Three cheers for Eli Stone.

  • Mandy

    I am watching it right now and so far, it is pretty awesome!

  • MaryUtah

    Eli Stone was my favorite new show last year, so i’ve been so excited about the new season and i’m glad to hear this news of 4 more shows! We really need some lighthearted, good wholesome shows like this -cause we are sorely lacking in that area these days, in my opinion!!

  • Maddi

    Credit Dauphine bank! *does a glee dance*

  • Cathy

    I just watched the premiere and I have to say it was better than all the premieres I have seen so far this season. The cast is phenomenal, and they seem much more “meshed” this season! Go ABC for realizing the potential this show has!

  • john

    awesome premiere episode…so glad this show is back

  • Lena

    Eli Stone was awesome tonight! Love this show and hope it sticks around for a long time

  • Jake Lipson

    Another YAY for ABC. I find it wonderful that they are supporting the show. It’s really worth it — the premire was the bst I’ve seen this season, and it’s so wonderful to have it back.

  • Indiii

    I really enjoyed watching the premire of Eli Stone tonight…it made me realize how much I had actually missed the show! I’m glad to hear that more episodes are being produced because this show has so much potential and it is so different than anything else on tv right now. Is it just me or has Johnny Lee Miller become more beautiful?? hmmm..

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