NEW YORK — ABC is expected to order three new dramas and three new comedies for its fall lineup, but the web cut short its attempt to extract ownership in several new and returning shows.
ABC announces its fall sked on Tuesday, and insiders say the new comedies will likely be “Odd Man Out” from Warner Bros. TV, which is a good bet for Friday; “Oh, Grow Up” from the Greenblatt Janollari Studio, which may air Tuesday or Wednesday; and “Then Came You” from 20th Century Fox TV, which is rumored for a Thursday slot.
Williamson, Kelley projects
The new dramas are expected to be “Wasteland” from Kevin Williamson and Miramax, “Once and Again” from Touchstone TV, and “Snoops” from David E. Kelley and 20th Century Fox.
ABC also handed renewals to Greenblatt Janollari’s “The Hughleys,” which is likely to move to Fridays; DreamWorks’ “It’s Like, You Know”; and Warner Bros. TV’s “The Norm Show.”
Studio sources say ABC originally issued tough demands to Warner Bros., 20th and the Greenblatt Janollari Studio that they give up four runs of each episode and 10% of the backend profits on “The Norm Show,” “Odd Man Out,” “Then Came You” and “Oh, Grow Up.” (ABC already has ownership in “It’s Like, You Know” through an earlier deal with DreamWorks.)
Alphabet backs off
Both Warner Bros. and 20th balked at the demands, and ABC backed down, insiders said. The Greenblatt Janollari Studio, however, agreed to give up a financial stake in “Oh, Grow Up.”
Two of ABC’s frosh TGIF sitcoms, “Two of a Kind” and “Brother’s Keeper,” are not expected to be renewed.
Another high-profile project that doesn’t look likely to make the fall cut is DreamWorks’ Charlie Sheen comedy “Sugar Hill.”
Because ABC made a sizable commitment to get the show in the first place, the web may have to pay a penalty if “Sugar Hill” doesn’t at least get ordered for midseason. While sources speculate that “Sugar Hill” could be a casualty of the legal battle between ABC parent company Disney and DreamWorks principal Jeffrey Katzenberg, there’s no real evidence to support those claims.
(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)