ABC renews Housewives, Betty, Grey’s, Brothers & Sisters
As yet there is no clarity on the future of Scrubs, Samantha Who, The Unusuals and more.
America’s ABC has announced renewals for several key series: Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Ugly Betty, Private Practice, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Wife Swap, Supernanny, Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor and America’s Funniest Home Videos.
They join Lost, which is set to return for its final season as part of a three-season pickup in 2007.
Housewives creator Marc Cherry told the media and ABC he wanted a similar four-season renewal for his show, but ABC has opted to add on only another year to his current agreement.
Absent from the list are all the network’s newest shows: The Unusuals, Better Off Ted, Castle and In the Motherhood as well as Scrubs. According to insiders, talks continue about ways to lower Scrubs’ license fees and bring back most or all of the cast, including star Zach Braff (who would perhaps do at least a portion of the episodes).
The other real question mark remains Samantha Who, once a solid performer but has since struggled, so much so that the show was pulled two weeks earlier than expected, with seven episodes still in the can. Insiders believe the show will ultimately get another season on air.
ABC still has plenty of time to add more shows to this list between now and their upfront presentation to advertisers next month.
The news is good for Ugly Betty given its future had been in some jeopardy and good for Channel Seven which airs most of these titles in Australia.