Fox Close to Picking Up Two Series

Fox’s half-hour space comedy Boldly Going Nowhere and the hourlong musical comedy Glee appear close to series pickups.

That’s the word from the network’s screenings held Thursday and Friday.

As part of its split development season, Fox brass are viewing four pilots: the 20th TV-produced Boldly, Glee and Ernesto and UMS/BermanBraun’s Virtuality.

The execs are said to be very high on Boldly — which hails from the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia trio of Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton — and on Ryan Murphy’s Glee, whose cut-down 44-minute version of the pilot is being well received.

Boldly and Glee can go into production quickly because their pilot orders were accompanied by a pickup of additional scripts. With its setting at a high school glee club as well as musical numbers, Glee is being eyed for a post-American Idol slot.

Meanwhile, the Wilmer Valderrama-starring drama Ernesto is not expected to go forward. Co-star Nick Zano recently landed a new regular gig on USA’s pilot “Operating Instructions.”

The two-hour backdoor sci-fi pilot Virtuality, might stay in consideration for May and be reworked as a more mainstream drama.