In Depth

‘Dirty,’ ‘Daisies’ Among Nine ABC Pickups for 2008-09

As networks look toward the return of a normal television season for the fall, ABC Entertainment has officially picked up nine series for the 2008-09 season.

Among the series gearing up for a new year will be veterans “Brothers & Sisters,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost” and “Ugly Betty.” Among the rookie crowd, the Disney-owned network is planning sophomore seasons for dramas “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Private Practice” and “Pushing Daisies,” as well as sitcom “Samantha Who?”

“The strength of our schedule this fall was unprecedented and speaks for itself,” said Stephen McPherson, president of ABC Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to building on that success.”

Last November, ABC won in the coveted adults 18 to 49 demographic for the third year in a row.

The network has remained mum on which shows are expected to return with new episodes this season upon the official conclusion of the strike, although “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are expected to finish out their shortened season.