ABC picks up nine series
EmptyUPDATED 3:16 p.m. PT Feb. 11
On the first day after the informal settlement of the writers strike this weekend, ABC picked up nine popular scripted series for next season.
The list include juggernauts "Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost" (which is in the first year of a three-season pickup), sophomore series "Brothers & Sisters" and "Ugly Betty" as well as freshmen "Private Practice" "Pushing Daisies," "Samantha Who?" and "Dirty Sexy Money."
The returning series all have been picked up for a full season.
Meanwhile, the four first-year shows, which all had already been picked up for the back nine, have received 13-episode orders. It is expected that, with the possible exception of "Samantha Who?," they won't air any new episodes this season, with extra produced segments added to their run in the fall.
"The strength of our schedule this fall was unprecedented and speaks for itself," ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson said.
ABC is known for renewing its series early in one fell swoop. Last March, the network picked up 14 series, including seven scripted, for the 2007-08 season.
Two of the series renewed then, "Boston Legal" and "Men In Trees," are missing from the list this time around, raising serious doubts about the their future on the network.