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Rumor Mill Churning Over Pickups, Renewals

May 14, 2007 12:00 AM

Pickup rumors are swirling as networks go into their pre-upfront lockdown mode—lips pursed, refusing to officially confirm anything until their presentations this week. That said, some rumors are stronger than others: NBC has renewed "Scrubs" for 18 episodes for the fall, sources said. NBC has also picked up the hot pilot "Lipstick Jungle" for 13. CBS is said to have picked up several game show pilots for the summer, including "Game Show in My Head," "Power of 10" and "The Wizard." ABC renewed the midseason comedy "Notes From the Underbelly" for 13 episodes. Rumors also continue about renewing "Knights of Prosperity" with Ray Romano in the Mick Jagger role as a possible pairing with "Cavemen." Also at ABC, "Cashmere Mafia" is looking good, but there's nothing official yet. The CW pilot "Gossip Girl" has been firmly picked up. "Pussycat Dolls: The Search for the Next Doll" is looking very close to a renewal (but, really, how many more Dolls does the group need?).