10 December 2012 8:02 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The straight-to-series bug seems to be spreading amongst the broadcast networks faster than the story of the coat-wearing Ikea monkey amongst everyone with Internet access. Ok, not that fast, but pretty fast. Fox tried it last year with the sci-fi epic “Terra Nova.” ABC is currently in production on “Mistresses” and just ordered the dumb-sounding “Weird Desk,” both slated for summer 2013. NBC has doled out at least four straight-to-series orders over the past year, beginning last February with the “Silence of the Lambs” prequel “Hannibal.” They followed that with orders for “Crossbones,” a series about pirates, in case you couldn’t guess from the name; “Dracula,” a series about Dracula, in case you couldn’t guess from the name; and a family comedy starring Michael J. Fox, which is still untitled, but I have to assume it involves time travel or werewolves. Now CBS is all “We’re cool too! »

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