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ABC orders full seasons for 6 new shows

All four of ABC's freshman comedies will make it through this season.

ABC has given full-season orders to Hope & Faith, I'm With Her, It's All Relative and Married to the Kellys, the network announced Thursday.

This is the second year the network embraced its crop of new comedies. Last year, it stuck with 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, George Lopez, Less Than Perfect and Life with Bonnie.

The network, which took a ratings tumble two seasons ago, has been slowly rebuilding with family-oriented comedies.

Two new dramas, 10-8 and Threat Matrix, also received full-season pickups. No decision has been made on Karen Sisco, which has yet to draw ratings to match its critical buzz, but the network has ordered four more scripts.

Judge dismisses charge against Blake's handyman

LOS ANGELES _ The judge in Robert Blake's murder case dismissed the lone conspiracy charge against his handyman on Friday, saying there was nothing more than speculative evidence that he was involved in the slaying of the actor's wife.

In dismissing charges against Earle Caldwell, Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp said the evidence against him "carries very little weight."

The judge allowed the murder charge to stand against Blake, 69, star of the old Baretta TV show.

Blake was ordered to trial on Feb. 9 on charges of murdering Bonny Lee Bakley, 44, whom he married after tests showed he was the father of her daughter.

The key evidence against Caldwell was a written list that included such items as shovels, duct tape, lye, pool acid and the notation: "Get blank gun ready." His attorneys had argued those were typical handyman items.

IN OTHER LEGAL TROUBLE . . .: Aidan Quinn, who's in Waterville, Maine, shooting an adaptation of Richard Russo's Empire Falls for HBO, has been charged with drunken driving. The 44-year-old soft-spoken actor was arrested by Waterville police last weekend and released on bail. He's due in court Nov. 19.

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, 36, who was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, has been ordered into drug rehab at a live-in facility for six months.

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