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ABC Cancels Samantha Who, Picks Up Eastwick and Other New Series

Upfronts Buzz: Samantha Who? Canceled, While ABC and CBS Pick New Shows

Over the weekend, things were looking pretty good for Samantha Who? to return in the Fall. But apparently, the numbers just didn't work: Christina Applegate's show won't be back on ABC next season because the budget just couldn't be cut down enough for ABC to pick it up.

Meanwhile, the network turned its attention to picking up new shows — and it's got a bundle of them. It's the next network to present at the Upfronts tomorrow, and its rumored list of shows includes Eastwick, V, Flash Forward (which has already gotten advertised during Lost),the crime drama Happy Town, a law show called The Deep End, a new police drama called Copper, and a Jerry Bruckheimer show called The Forgotten.

ABC also has four comedies in the works, including Cougar Town with Courteney Cox, Hank with Kelsey Grammer, The Middle with Patricia Heaton, and the mockumentary-style Modern Family. That's a ton of new shows, and I'm curious to see where they all fall on the schedule tomorrow.

Meanwhile, over at CBS, four series were reportedly ordered, though the official word won't come till Wednesday. Julianna Margulies's The Good Wife and Alex O'Loughlin's Three Rivers both reportedly earned spots on the schedule, as has the Jenna Elfman comedy Accidentally on Purpose and the NCIS spinoff with Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J.

Lots more to come in this crazy week, but let's talk about these developments for now. Sad about Samantha Who? or not surprised? Liking the sound of any of the new shows?

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