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TV Season to Have More Life

At least one broadcast network is acting like it expects the writers' strike to end in a reasonable amount of time.

NBC announced late Monday that it has ordered nine more episodes of "Life" and "Chuck" to bring each to a full season order of 22. Of course, those episodes can't be written or produced until the strike is over.

It is a network show of confidence in the series and in strike negotiations, which resumed Monday.

Both series aren't exactly huge ratings hits, but they have had strong critical support. "Life," in which Damian Lewis plays an eccentric detective who spent 12 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, is one of my personal favorites. NBC is giving it a boost next week, airing a two-part episode at 10 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

-- Alan Pergament


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