Upfront Buzz: 'Underbelly' May Be Back

Given the struggles ABC has had with half-hour comedies of late, it's not a huge surprise that the network is considering a renewal for "Notes from the Underbelly."

What is a surprise, though, is that there's a chance "The Knights of Prosperity" could come back from the presumed-dead list.

But that is, apparently, one possibility ABC is considering as it puts together its 2007-08 schedule in advance of next week's upfronts. ABC makes its presentation on Tuesday.

Several outlets are reporting that "Notes from the Underbelly," about a couple (Peter Cambor and Jennifer Westfeldt) preparing to have their first child, is on the verge of being picked up for next season. ABC is likely to order 13 episodes of the show, a fairly standard practice for shows that debut in midseason.

"Notes" has averaged about 5.8 million viewers in its regular Wednesday home and has held onto most of its lead-in audience during its brief run.

"The Knights of Prosperity" was thought to be a goner after ABC pulled the show from the schedule in early March. It averaged a shade under 5 million viewers per week and was yanked with three episodes left to air.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though, the network is considering building a second season of the show featuring Ray Romano, who would be the target of a robbery attempt by Eugene Gurkin (Donal Logue) and his fellow hapless criminals. Romano guest-starred in the last episode that aired.