ABC Renews 9 Shows for 2008/2009 Season
ABC has announced today it will renew 9 shows for the 2008-2009 season. Find out what they are, after the jump.
The Disney-owned TV network has confirmed today that "Desperate Housewives," "Brothers & Sisters," "Lost," "Grey's Anatomy," "Pushing Daisies," "Private Practice," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Ugly Betty" and "Samantha Who" will be coming back in the fall.
4 of these shows were launched last fall, making ABC the most successful among broadcast networks in the new show development.
These shows made ABC the #1 in adults 18-49 for a third, consecutive year. The network had eight of the Top 20 highest-rated TV shows among adults 18-49, including five of the Top 10 freshman series. Check out an earlier Televisionista post with average season ratings for the top-30 new series.
ABC's Tuesday night comedy combo of "Cavemen" and "Carpoolers" is not expected to return in the fall and neither is Thursday night drama "Big Shots."
The jury is still out on new series like "Women's Murder Club" and "Eli Stone" as well as some older shows like "Boston Legal."
The network may announce additional pick-ups later this spring. The new fall schedule will be announced in May.
Fans of "Cashmere Mafia" also have a reason to be concerned, as the show has recently flatlined in the ratings.
Today's announcement will be encouragement for the show runners who return to work today. The writers will be going back to work on Wednesday ending the 100-day strike that crippled the TV industry.