ABC: “The Forgotten,” “Eastwick,” “The Deep End,” “V,” “Cougar Town,” “Middle” and “Hank” join the crowd

ABC’s been busy doling out series pickups tonight. Dramas “The Forgotten,” about amateur detectives, and “Eastwick,” a redo of “The Witches of Eastwick,” are picked up or virtually picked up. Same goes for comedies “The Middle,” starring Patricia Heaton, and “Hank,” starring Kelsey Grammer. All four shows come from Warner Bros. TV.

Let’s review what ABC has on its plate so far:

New dramas: “Flash Forward,” “Happy Town,” “The Forgotten,” “Eastwick,” “The Deep End” (fka untitled Dave Hemingson), and “V” as a13-episode limited-series.

New comedies: “Modern Family,” “Cougar Town,” “The Middle,” “Hank”

Renewals of shows on the fence: “Better Off Ted,” “Castle,” “Scrubs,” possibly “Samantha Who” 

Fun fact: Both “Flash Forward” and “Happy Town” came from spec scripts.

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  1. Andrew says:

    Any word on how many episodes V is being picked up for? There have been conflicting reports, some saying six episodes and others saying 13 episode.

  2. Jake Lipson says:

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s unwise to pick up shows called HAPPY TOWN and COUGAR TOWN at the same time? Both of them sound good, I will watch both and hope that they succeed — COUGAR TOWN from “Scrubs” Bill Lawerence and HAPPY TOWN from the guys who ran the late, great LIFE ON MARS this season (RIP) — but launching two shows with short titles that both end in the word TOWN on the same network at the same time — asking for viewer confusion! Hopefully one of them will change titles to avoid this situation (or at least one as a midseason show — although if the first one out of the gate is successful, which I hope both are, the problem will exist regardless of when the second debuts.)

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