ABC Surprise: Brothers & Sisters, Men In Trees and Boston Legal Move Off the Bubble
ABC's announcement today that it will pick up 11 series for the next season wasn't surprising for the long shots it gave new life -- including Sally Field's family drama Brothers & Sisters and William Shatner's oddball attorney show Boston Legal -- but for the series it didn't mention.
Disappointing comedies George Lopez, According to Jim, Knights of Propserity and In Case of Emergency were all missing from the renewal list, along with the female-friendly drama What About Brian and the convoluted drama Six Degrees. Since the new drama October Road just debuted last week, it may be too new to draw conclusions.
And the three or four Jimmy Kimmel fans still out there can rest easy that rumors he might be pushed out for an hourlong Nightline are not yet in play -- at least for the 2007-08 season.
Here's part of the press release:
ABC Television Network today announced fourteen early pick-ups for the 2007-08 season for new breakout series “Brothers & Sisters,” “MEN IN TREES” and “Ugly Betty,” as well as returning hits “The Bachelor,” “Boston Legal,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Lost.” The announcement was made by ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson at the March Development Meeting in Los Angeles. These series join previously announced “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “Supernanny” and “Wife Swap,” which have also been renewed for the 2007-08 season.