ABC Picks Up Three Comedies, One Drama

May 10, 2006  •  Post A Comment

ABC picked up three comedy series and one drama Wednesday for the 2006-07 season, choosing two projects from Warner Bros. Television and one each from Regency TV and its sister company Touchstone Television, according to sources familiar with the network’s development.

The network has given a series order to Warner Bros.’ “Notes From the Underbelly,” a comedy that profiles a group of friends who are affected when one couple becomes pregnant.

ABC has also picked up the Touchstone comedy “In Case of Emergency,” which stars David Arquette and Lori Loughlin as part of an ensemble cast. “Emergency” follows a group of high school friends who reconnect later in life.

In addition, the network is going forward with Regency’s “Help Me Help You,” which stars Ted Danson as a therapist who can’t get his own life in order. “Emergency” and “Help” are shot in single-camera format, which does not incorporate a studio audience or a traditional sitcom soundstage set.

On the drama side, ABC has picked up Warner Bros.’ “The Nine,” which follows the lives of nine strangers who form a bond after surviving a hostage situation.

ABC would not comment on the series pickups.