Sydney Stays: Garner to Keep 'Alias'

04/06/2004 at 02:49 PM EDT

Good news for "Alias" fans: Jennifer Garner says the ABC series will be back.

The star, 31, on the promotional trail of her new movie, "13 Going on 30," tells the Web site Zap2it.com, "I don't know if it's been announced, but I'll be back. We hired new writers, we hired new cast members, so it's happening."

But New York's Daily News reports that ABC spokespeople, who are remaining mum about their fall schedule for at least another month, said, "We've not gotten word on that show yet."

"Alias," in which Garner stars as CIA agent Sydney Bristow, has been beloved by critics, but this season has only ranked 73rd overall in the Nielsen numbers, with 8.2 million viewers. Last year it finished as No. 78, with 9 million viewers.

Garner, meanwhile, also has an active big-screen career on the fire. Her latest movie, "13 Going on 30," is due in theaters April 23, and she will next star in "Elektra," a "Daredevil" spinoff that is scheduled to begin shooting in May. Her foil in the flick, Garner has told interviewers, will be the psychotic comic-book villain Typhoid Mary.

"By day she's this normal woman, and at night she loses her mind and drives you into this disease, where you literally get typhoid," "Elektra" producer Gary Foster tells USA Today.

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