is at the center of a tug-of-war between NBC and ABC, after reports surfaced (including one from
that troublemaker Ausiello
) that the med-com would be switching networks.
Ausiello's sources confirmed what the
wrote on Thursday:
' producers, ABC Studios, are indeed in talks with their sibling network, ABC, to bring the show back for another 18-episode season.
reports that, in such a scenario, the entire cast would remain. For its part, NBC argues that
isn't going anywhere just yet. An existing licensing deal between NBC and ABC Studios gives the Peacock first rights of negotiation and refusal, hence any other deal-making would be a violation of its contract.
As it stands, the show has five pre-strike episodes in the can, which NBC plans to air in April and May. Whether the Peacock will bill the last of those five episodes as the series finale isn't clear. -