ABC Sweeping ‘Joan’ Into May

ABC is expected to extend the run of the James L. Brooks midseason comedy series “What About Joan” from Columbia TriStar Television throughout the May sweep. The network had initially scheduled six episodes of the series to air in the post-“Dharma & Greg” Tuesday 9:30 p.m. slot to run through May 1.

The production order was for 13 episodes. Sources said ABC will now run original episodes of the show starring Joan Cusack during the remaining three weeks of the May sweep and hold the other four unaired episodes for the fall. In its first four outings, “Joan” averaged a solid 12.6 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/14 share in the key adults 18-49 demographic.

The sitcom survived competition from special airings of Fox’s “Boot Camp” and NBC’s new game show “Weakest Link.” The show, executive produced by Brooks, David Richardson and Richard Sakai, built on its “Dharma” lead-in during three of its four airings.