ABC Picks Up Four More Series

May 12, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Just days after giving series orders to six pilots for the 2006-07 season, ABC picked up an additional four series, including a drama that marks former “Ally McBeal” star Calista Flockhart’s return to series television.

ABC picked up the Touchstone Television drama “Brothers & Sisters,” which stars Ms. Flockhart, former “Six Feet Under” series regular Rachel Griffiths, Balthazar Getty (“Alias”) and Patricia Wettig (“Prison Break”) in a family soap that focuses on adult siblings. Ms. Wettig’s husband, Ken Olin (“thirtysomething”), executive produced and directed the pilot.

The network also picked up another drama from its sister studio Touchstone: “Ugly Betty,” the U.S. adaptation of the popular Latin American telenovela that follows the life of a plain but lovable woman working in the fashion industry. Reveille (“The Office,” “Deal or No Deal”) and Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions are also producing “Betty.”

Warner Bros. Television had two of its drama pilots picked up by ABC: “Men in Trees,” which stars Anne Heche as a Manhattan shrink who flees big city life for Alaska; and “Traveler,” a conspiracy thriller about three Ivy Leaguers who get caught up in a national security emergency.