ABC thinks duo is perfect for 'Practice'


Robert Rovner and Jon Cowan have been tapped as executive producers/ showrunners on ABC's drama "Private Practice."

The ICM-repped writers replace Marti Noxon, who was brought on to run the show for its freshman season and but is moving on to other projects.

Creator Shonda Rhimes will remain the lead creative voice of the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff, which was renewed for a second season.

While there is little intrigue about ABC's upfront presentation — expected to feature only a couple of new scripted entries, the drama "Life on Mars" and the comedy "Scrubs" — the guessing game continues about what pilots will make the cut at CBS and Fox.

Dramas "Eleventh Hour" and "The Mentalist" continue to lead the pack at CBS, with "Mythological Ex" and the Geena Davis project looking good. Gaining momentum are Meredith Stiehm's "The Tower" as well as Jon Turteltaub's serialized horror drama, eyed for a limited order.

The untitled Ed Yeager project and "Worst Week" are getting buzz on the comedy side, with "My Best Friend's Girl" and the untitled Mike Birbiglia project also under consideration.

Meanwhile, CBS' "The Unit" is moving closer to a renewal.

Drama "Fringe" continues to be the surest bet at Fox, along with Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse." Meanwhile, the network has passed on high-concept drama "The Oaks," which is being shopped around by 20th TV.

Aside from the "Family Guy" spinoff "Cleveland," things are up in the air on the comedy side, with "Staring Under," "Spaced," "The Inn," "Sit Down, Shut Up" and "The Pitts" in the running. (partialdiff)
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