ABC has told several more producers to pack their bags for New York, giving series orders to dramas “Ugly Betty,” “Traveler,” “Brothers & Sisters” and “Men In Trees,” as well as comedies “A Day in the Life” and “Let’s Rob Mick Jagger.”
Alphabet web has also decided to bring back the mid-season Barry Watson starrer “What About Brian” for a second season. It was a good day for Watson vehicles; his first series, “7th Heaven,” also made a comeback Friday.
The series orders join previously reported ABC drama pickups “Six Degrees,” “Day Break” and “The Nine,” and comedy greenlights “In Case of Emergency,” “Help Me Help You” and “Notes from the Underbelly.”
On the drama front, “Ugly Betty” stars America Ferrera as an unattractive magazine staffer; Touchstone TV show, based on the hit telenovela “Betty la Fea,” comes from exec producers Silvio Horta, Salma Hayek, Jose Tamez and Ben Silverman (whose Reveille shingle also produces).
“Traveler,” from exec producers David Digilio, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, is a thriller about three pals, one of whom winds up framing the other two in a terrorist attack. Warner Bros. TV produces.
Anne Heche stars as a relationship coach who moves to Alaska in “Men In Trees.” Warner Bros. TV is behind the show, which comes from exec producers Jenny Bicks, Cathy Konrad and Jim Mangold (who also directed the pilot).
Then there’s “Brothers & Sisters,” which reps Calista Flockhart’s return to TV. Sudser, which also stars Rachel Griffiths, revolves around adult siblings. Jon Robin Baitz, Marti Noxon and Ken Olin exec produce for Touchstone TV.
As for comedies, “A Day In the Life” comes from the busy scribes Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, who have already scored a series order at Fox as well (for “‘Til Death”).
Show, from Sony Pictures TV, follow the events of a single day’s wedding over the course of 22 episodes. Josh Cooke and Marla Sokoloff star as the groom and bride.
“Let’s Rob Mick Jagger” – which may still see a title change – stars Donal Logue as a loser who hatches a plan with his pals to rob the Rolling Stone lead singer’s apartment.
Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett and David Letterman exec produce for Touchstone TV and Worldwide Pants.
Not coming back: “Freddie,” the frosh comedy starring Freddie Prinze Jr.
Also over at Fox, Seth MacFarlane’s “The Winner” has snagged a six-episode midseason order, while spring comedy “The Loop” will also be back next season. As expected, net has also greenlit new seasons of “The OC” and “The War at Home.”