It was a busy Friday night for all the executives over at ABC and FOX. They picked up and renewed a very large handful of shows. Here is the latest news until Monday when the real official stuff begins
- In addition to the pickups of new dramas Past Life and Human Target and the new comedy Sons of Tucson this week, FOX picked up the Michael Strahan fronted Brothers about a family with a guy in a wheelchair. The show stars CCH Pounder as well. It is expected to be held off to midseason but this is unconfirmed.
- In a big surprise by the net, Dollhouse has been renewed for 13 episodes and will stay on Friday night’s were it was a very modest performer.
- Also another big surprise we will be getting two new additions of the hit dancing show which I love So You Think You Can Dance?. The sixth season will air in the fall likely on Wednesdays leading into Glee and then on Thursdays paired with another reality show. Cat Deeley will remain as host.
- In renewal news first, Castle and Better off Ted were both picked up for a second year. For Castle that meant a thirteen episode order with Better off Ted the order is unknown but they do have 7 episodes unaired. Also renewed for a 9th year, Scrubs. Why? I do not know but the majority of the cast will return for at least 6 episodes or as regulars.
- Now in the drama department. Flash Forward and Copper have already been given series orders but five other new dramas got the news yesterday. First for a “event order” of an unknown number is V, a remake of the 80’s series which now stars Lost’s fantastic Elizabeth Mitchell. The show will air midseason. Next is Happy Town, about a peaceful town that is experience crime which has huge cast including Amy Acker and Lauren German. Third is Associates, about first year lawyers in a high stakes LA law firm. The pilot origanally called Untitled David Hemingson, stars Matt Long and Clancy Brown and was retooled from a pilot last year. Next is The Forgotten from Jerry Bruckheimer, about ameuterur detectives which is said to be great despite the horrendous scrippt. Lastly, Eastwick a remake of the movie Witches of Eastwick aboout girlfriends who are witches. The series stars Jamie Ray Newman, Rebecca Romaijn, and Lindsay Price.
- On the new comedy side, along with Modern Family, Hank starring Kelsey Grammer as a fired Wall Street guy, The Middle, about a middle America family starring Patricia Heaton, and Cougar Town starring Courtney Cox were all picked up to series. There may be more comedy pickups to come but that is unknown.
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