Fields leaves 'Betty,' bellies up to the 'Bar'

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"Ugly Betty" executive producer Joel Fields has left the dramedy series after eight months, segueing into a writer-producer gig on Steven Bochco's TNT legal drama "Raising the Bar." Both series are produced by ABC Studios.

Sources close to "Betty" said that Fields had been hired to help with the show's transition to New York. With all stories for the series' current third season broken and approved by the network, his assignment was considered completed. Meanwhile, "Bar" is gearing up for production on its second season, and Bochco — who also recruited Fields for ABC's "Commander in Chief" and FX's "Over There" — invited him to join his new series.

CAA-repped Fields came on board "Betty" in March, replacing ousted executive producer Marco Pennette.

In other ABC news, the network is looking to reduce the order on its hourlong midseason series "The Castle" and "The Unusuals."

ABC has cut the order for the Nathan Filion starrer "Castle," which hails from its sister studio, from 13 to 10.

It also has approached Sony TV, producer of the Amber Tamblyn-starring dramedy "Unusuals," for the same type of episode cutback.

Sources close to the network stress that the order reductions are not for creative but inventory reasons as ABC has "Lost" as well as six new scripted series launching in midseason: "Castle," "Unusuals," "Cupid" "In the Motherhood," "Better Off Ted" and "The Goode Family." (partialdiff)
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