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ABC adds more pickups

Six new series a go; "V" draws a second season

ABC’s fall TV plans are shaping up, as the Alphabet net picked up six new series on Thursday — and gave a second-season order to “V.”

New series orders included the comedies “Mr. Sunshine,” “Happy Endings” and “Better Together.” Also on the docket: Dramas “My Generation,” “The Whole Truth” and “Detroit 1-8-7.”

Greenlights came in the wake of the net’s “No Ordinary Family” pickup on Wednesday. The Alphabet’s big comedy commitment also came a day after frosh sensation “Modern Family” posted a series high in the Nielsens.

ABC exhibited quite a bit of studio balance in its pickups, which included two from Sony Pictures TV and two from Warner Bros. TV. The two Sony laffers also have an Alphabet pedigree: Former ABC Entertainment prexy Jamie Tarses is behind both of them. As for “V,” the second season order was expected, to some degree — but cast even more doubt on the fate of fellow sci-fi entry “FlashForward,” which isn’t expected to return.

“V” showrunner Scott Rosenbaum confirmed the pickup, thanking the show’s fans via Twitter.

Matthew Perry stars in “Mr. Sunshine” as a sports arena manager in a midlife crisis; Perry, Tarses, Alex Barnow, Mark Firek and Thomas Schlamme (who directed) are exec producers.

Allison Janney also stars. Sony produces with Shoe Money Prods., Matthew Perry Prods., FanFare Prods. and Barnow and Firek Prods.

“Happy Endings,” which centers on a couple that breaks up at the altar (and how it rocks their friends’ worlds), was created by David Caspe. Sony Pictures TV is the studio.

Caspe, Tarses and Jonathan Groff exec produce, along with Joe Russo and Anthony Russo (who both helmed). Eliza Coupe and Elisha Cuthbert are among the stars.

“Better Together,” the Shana Goldberg-Meehan project formerly known as “Couples,” centers on two couples in different relationships.

James Burrows directed the Warner Bros. TV pilot, which comes from exec producer Goldberg-Meehan.

Also from Warner Bros., Jerry Bruckheimer-produced legal drama “The Whole Truth” looks at cases from the eyes of both the defense and prosecution.

Tom Donaghy wrote the project, which is exec produced by Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and (in the case of the pilot) Alex Graves, who directed. Rob Morrow, Joely Richardson and Eamonn Walker star.

“My Generation,” from scribe Noah Hawley, centers on 10 years in the life of a group of former high school classmates.

Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Henrik Baston, Peter Magnasson and Martin Piersson exec produce. Craig Gillespie directed the pilot.

ABC Studios is behind “My Gen,” and also is the studio on “Detroit 1-8-7.” Both shows employ a documentary-style technique.

“Detroit 1-8-7” centers on homicide cops in the Motor City. Michael Imperioli leads the cast.

Jason Richman wrote the pilot and exec produces with Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and David Zabel. Jeffrey Nachmanoff directed.

ABC is still expected to pick up a few more series; comedy contenders include “Wright vs. Wrong.”

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