ABC Picks Up 10 New Ones and More...

ABC appears to be getting a makeover after ordering up 10 new series (6 dramas and 4 comedies). 

ABC's high concept-heavy drama slate include two new crime dramas -- the Bruckheimer-produced amateur sleuths show "The Forgotten" and murder mystery "Happy Town," from the creative team behind "October Road"; legal drama, "The Deep End"; as well as two 1980s adaptations, "Eastwick," based in the movie with Jack Nicholson and "V," based on the NBC miniseries.

In preparation for the upcoming exit of "Lost," ABC is betting heavily on action drama "Flash Forward" as its successor. "Flash," which already was promoted on "Lost" this season, is expected to launch in the fall, filling in for the Emmy-winning island mystery drama while it's on hiatus.

On the half-hour side, ABC went for big sitcom stars in family comedies, a genre that once thrived on the network but has been absent in the past few years.

The comedies include "Hank" starring Kelsey Grammer, "The Middle" starring Patricia Heaton, "Cougar Town" starring Courtney Cox and "Modern Family."  These join veteran funny show "Scrubs" and recently renewed "Better Off Ted."

In other renewal news, "True Beauty" will be back for a second season and "Samantha Who?" is still waiting on a verdict. 

source: The Hollywood Reporter

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