ABC Picks Up "October Road", 10 Pilots
ABC has officially renewed its midseason drama "October Road" for a second season, while adding 7 new dramas and 3 new comedies to their 2007-2008 schedule. "Notes from the Underbelly" also made the cut.
Earlier today I posted an ABC schedule floating around Hollywood which included "Marlowe" a new take on the classic detective story which is now officially dead. That schedule also did not include some of the pilots which have now been officially picked up.
So here's the rundown of new shows that ABC will definitely be adding to the line-up next season:
"Private Practice" a much-ballyhooed "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off starring Kate Walsh. No surprise there.
"Dirty Sexy Money" starring Donald Sutherland, Peter Krause and William Baldwin about the Darlings of New York City, an absurdly wealthy family who put the "upper" in Upper East Side.
"Eli Stone" starring "Alias" veteran Victor Garber (pictured above), a character-driven drama about a brilliant attorney (Jonny Lee Miller) at the top law firm in San Francisco who finds out he might be a prophet.
Both of these pilots come from "Brothers & Sisters" showrunner Greg Berlanti.
"Cashmere Mafia" starring Lucy Liu (from "Sex and the City" and "Melrose Place" creator Darren Star) about four Manhattan women bonded by their Ivy League educations and executive success. The show is often compared to NBC's new series "Lipstick Jungle."
Well-received "Pushing Daisies" from "Heroes" writer Bryan Fuller, a love story about a young man with a very special gift, the ability to return someone dead briefly back to life with just a simple touch.
"Big Shots" (or "Perfect Gentlemen") starring Michael Vartan ("Alias,") Dylan McDermott ("The Practice,") Christopher Titus ("Titus") and Josh Malina ("The West Wing,") as greedy, horny and competitive yet sexy and likeable CEOs. Think of it as a male version of "Sex and the City."
Finally, "Women's Murder Club" (starring Angie Harmon, "Law & Order,") a small screen take on the James Patterson book about a homicide detective, a medical examiner, a newspaper reporter and a young assistant district attorney who work together to solve homicide investigations.
The 3 comedies which have been picked up are: "Sam I Am" starring Christina Applegate, about a woman who wakes up from a coma with amnesia and has to rediscover her life; "Cavemen" based on the Geico cavemen commercials and "Carpoolers" about four suburban men who carpool to work together.
Small screen take on the "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" blockbuster movie which generated quite a bit of buzz when it was announced last year was reportedly very bad and is now officially dead along with many other pilots.
At this point it is not clear if the network decided not to pick up the US take on the British soap "Football Wives" starring James Van Der Beek and Eddie Cibrian or the pilot still has a chance.
"Notes from the Underbelly" has been renewed for only 13 episodes, but since there are 5 unaired episodes from this season, the episode total will be 18. It is not clear if "October Road" gets a full season of 22 episodes or only 13.
The network announces its new schedule on Tuesday.
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