Nine series renewed for upcoming season
ABC is wasting no time getting back to work, renewing nine series for fall Monday in a post-strike pickup binge.
The renewals were pretty much no-brainers, encompassing some of the Alphabet web’s top-rated scripted performers. Frosh series scoring orders include “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Private Practice,” “Pushing Daisies” and “Samantha Who?”
All four have received 13 episode pickups, as is standard practice among frosh skeins.
ABC staples earning another year include “Brothers & Sisters,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost” and “Ugly Betty.”
Net is still mulling how to handle the remaining orders for this season on all of those shows. What eventually happens will vary, according to show. In some cases, back nine orders will be shot, but held for next year. In other cases, shows will go back and fulfill back nine orders, shooting as many segs as possible before the season ends.
What actually airs before the end of the season is also still in question. Some shows will be held back until they can be properly relaunched next fall – such as Wednesday newbies “Pushing Daisies” and “Private Practice” (net is doing all right on the night against tough “American Idol” competish” anyway).
“The strength of our schedule this fall was unprecedented and speaks for itself,” said ABC Entertainment prexy Steve McPherson. “We’re looking forward to building on that success.”