February 27, 2003 11:00 AM

Jennifer Garner and Kiefer Sutherland can rest easy — they’ll be keeping their jobs for another season, as ABC has given a greenlight to a another season of her “Alias,” while FOX has ordered a third season of his critically adored hit drama “24.”

Drew Carey, however, might be left holding his breath.

The comedian’s “Drew Carey Show” is being put on the shelf by ABC until summer, with the network to hoping see if the long-running sitcom can reconnect with its audience, reports Variety.

As for Garner, 30, the “Alias” news came just as she received some other good news. Twentieth Century Fox, which announced plans for a sequel to its current Ben Affleck superhero flick “Daredevil,” said it’s also considering a spin-off movie featuring her character, Elektra Natchios.

Meanwhile, in other TV news, ABC also has confirmed that it’s bringing back this season’s “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” “Life With Bonnie” and “Less Than Perfect,” as well as the sophomore sitcoms “According to Jim” and “George Lopez.” Other returning shows for next season will include “My Wife and Kids,” the already-renewed “NYPD Blue” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

Of course, the scripted shows will be joined by the usual batch of reality spectacles: Both “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” will also be back on ABC.

Speaking of “The Bachelor,” its original star, Alex Michel, is starring in a new short film called “Our Very First Sex Tape,” currently showing on AtomFilms.com. It marks Michel’s first acting gig, as well as his first time executive producing. The short recently premiered at California’s Santa Monica Film Festival.

And, in one final TV note, Joshua Gracin, 22, of Oceanside, Calif., was one of two competitors selected to advance to the next round on FOX’s “American Idol” Wednesday. He performed the song “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain.

The other contestant to move ahead was Corey Clark, 22, a stagehand from Nashville, who sang Journey’s “Foolish Heart.”

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