By Stephen M. Silverman
September 24, 2002 11:00 AM

CBS is shoving aside its sitcom “Baby Bob” in order to accommodate the TV version of the sleeper movie hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” as a midseason replacement, Variety reports.

As PEOPLE.com reported Sept. 19, the network had ordered seven episodes of a new half-hour sitcom based on the movie starring — and written by — Nia Vardalos, 39, who is also set to star in and co-executive produce the small-screen version. TV producers of “Greek Wedding” were also said to be talking to the network about increasing the episode order to 13.

According to Variety, CBS originally ordered 13 episodes of “Baby Bob,” but in anticipation of “Greek Wedding,” the network has sliced the number of “Bob” episodes down to eight. “Bob,” a minor midseason hit earlier this year, stars Adam Arkin and Joely Fisher as parents who discover that their 6-month-old son can talk like an adult.

CBS’s tactics are being called a budgetary move. The network has also ordered six episodes of a Nathan Lane sitcom, to be called “Life of the Party,” as well as 13 episodes of a drama called “Queens Supreme” and a revival of “Star Search,” in the wake of the success of Fox’s “American Idol.”

As for “Greek Wedding,” which cost $5 million to make and is soon due to surpass the $140 million box-office take of 1999’s “Blair Witch Project” (and thus become the most successful independent film of all time), the series is expected to be similar to the movie.

PEOPLE film critic Leah Rozen said the original “features plenty of laughs, most of them obvious and broad, as a Greek-American woman (Nia Vardalos, who’s also the screenwriter) defies her family to marry her WASPy beau (John Corbett).”

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