ABC announces fall '08

February 11, 2008 5:56:02 PM PST
With Hollywood about to rev up again following a three-month writers strike, ABC announced Monday that it had ordered a season's worth of episodes for nine series next fall, including four freshman series.

The prime-time soap "Dirty Sexy Money," fantasy forensics series "Pushing Daisies," the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff "Private Practice" and Christina Applegate comedy "Samantha Who?" will all be back for a second season.

The other pick-ups aren't a surprise: "Desperate Housewives," "Lost," "Grey's Anatomy," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Ugly Betty."

The rest of ABC's fall schedule will be unveiled in the next few months.

Television writers could be back at work as early as Wednesday if members of their union vote to end their walkout because of a tentative contract deal. It's still unclear how much of this current season can be salvaged for favorite shows.