With the 2009 Upfront Presentations beginning in New York today, broadcast networks scrambled over the weekend to renew current programming and greenlight new television pilots.
ABC has signed on to renew mid-season drama “Castle,” starring cult favorite Nathan Fillion of “Firefly” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” fame, for a second season.
Joss Whedon’s newest baby, “Dollhouse,” was renewed by FOX for a second season with a 13-episode order. “Dollhouse” stars Eliza Dushku, who also was a recurring member of Whedon’s earlier shows, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.”
ABC’s new office comedy “Better Off Ted” has also been signed for a second season. The show, starring Jay Harrington and Portia de Rossi, follows the inner workings of Veridian Dynamics, a business that makes just about anything.
“Scrubs” will be returning for a ninth season on ABC, albeit with a different face. Most primary cast members are under contract to return for a six episode transition to its new set-up, though Sarah Chalke is not a definite. Cast members Donald Faison and Neil Flynn co-star in ABC’s pilots “The Law” and “The Middle” respectively, while McGinley stars in CBS’ drama pilot “Back.” All three are set to return as regulars to “Scrubs” in second position to the new shows they are involved in.
FOX has okayed the return of “House” and “24” for next season, in addition to a fifth season of dramedy “Bones,” starring David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel.