In addition to considering a number of pilots for the Fall TV season, ABC is committing to bringing a dozen shows back. The network announced today that it's picking up 12 series for an additional season, including its entire regular Thursday and Sunday night lineups.
That means the embattled Ugly Betty — which has dropped in the ratings this year and was pulled for a few weeks while ABC tried comedy on Thursdays — will be back, along with Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. Sunday's America's Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers and Sisters will all be back as well.
The other series picked up are Lost (which we basically already knew) and the reality shows The Bachelor, Wife Swap, Supernanny, and Dancing with the Stars. More shows can still be renewed between now and May's Upfront presentation.
I'm not sure any of those are huge surprises — even though Betty seemed in danger earlier this season and Private Practice didn't perform that well till it started airing after Grey's. But it's still interesting to see pieces of ABC's future plans falling into place. What do you make of the news? Any shows you're sad to see left off the renewal list so far?
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