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The “Breaking Bad” installment will air in the spring.

USA won’t order more ‘Political Animals’ episodes

USA Network has opted not to move forward with “Political Animals.”

The “limited-series event” from Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark was ordered straight to series with the door left open for an additional order — following the same model the cable network did with miniseries “The Starter Wife” and “The 4400.”

The show’s future beyond its planned six-episode run seemed murky since it bowed in mid-July to 2.6 million viewers, with the finale rebounding to end its run with 2.3 million, bringing the series to an average viewership of 2.12 million.

The series, which attracted a top-tier cast, including Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino and Ellen Burstyn, was considered a big swing for the network, which had “Political Animals” on the air six months after it ordered the drama about a former first lady to series.

The series was considered part of USA’s play for prestige and awards-season buzz; whether it registered on the TV Academy’s radar will be determined next year.

The move comes after USA opted not to move forward with “Fairly Legal” and “Common Law.”

Fox’s ‘Goodwin Games’ gets fewer episodes

Fox is scaling back its commitment to a new comedy series from the creators of “How I Met Your Mother.”

Midseason sitcom “The Goodwin Games” has halted production after the network reduced its order from 13 episodes to seven. The show is from “How I Met Your Mother’s” Craig Thomas and Carter Bays along with Chris Harris, and stars Scott Foley and Becki Newton as estranged siblings who return home after their father’s death and learn his $23 million inheritance can only be obtained by playing an elaborate game of Trivial Pursuit.

A Fox spokesperson attributed the change to the network’s abundance of half-hour comedy material this season, having previously ordered 24 episodes of “Raising Hope,” “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project,” along with 19 episodes of “Ben and Kate.” The network still plans to air the seven “Goodwin Games” episodes sometime this spring.

Compiled from Web and wire reports