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ABC Announces Series Pick-Ups: New Series "Better With You" and "No Ordinary Family" Receive Full Season Orders
Plus: "Detroit 1-8-7," "Brothers & Sisters" get five, four extra installments, respectively.

[via press release from ABC]



Additional Episodes Ordered for "Detroit 1-8-7" and Returning Series "Brothers & Sisters"

ABC has picked up additional episodes of new and returning series for the 2010-11 Season, it was announced today by Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group. New series "Better With You" and "No Ordinary Family" receive full season orders, and additional episodes were ordered for "Detroit 1-8-7" and returning series "Brothers & Sisters."


"Detroit 1-8-7" is a look at what it takes to be a detective in one of America's toughest cities. The show follows a homicide unit made of Detroit's finest and reveals the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism that characterize these inner city cops in this series shot entirely in Detroit, Michigan. The men and women of Detroit Homicide are as smart and tough as they come. They have to be, as they struggle with their own inner demons, using only their sharp sense of humor to keep them grounded while working the neighborhoods of the historic Motor City. "Detroit 1-8-7" stars Michael Imperioli as Detective Louis Fitch, James McDaniel as Sergeant Jesse Longford, Aisha Hinds as Lieutenant Maureen Mason, D.J. Cotrona as Detective John Stone, Jon Michael Hill as Detective Damon Washington, Shaun Majumder as Detective Vikram Mahajan, Natalie Martinez as Detective Ariana Sanchez and Erin Cummings ("Mad Men") as Dr. Abbey Ward. David Zabel, Jason Richman, Kevin Hooks, David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are executive producers. "Detroit 1-8-7" is a production of ABC Studios.

"No Ordinary Family" is an action packed family drama that features The Powell Family, who go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim feels disconnected from his workaholic wife, Stephanie, and two teenage children, Daphne and JJ. To encourage family bonding time, Jim decides the family will join Stephanie on her business trip to South America. When their plane crashes into the Amazon River, they barely enjoy a moment to celebrate their survival before returning to the grind of everyday life. But they soon realize that their lives have been forever changed. Each member of the family starts to show signs of new, unique and distinct super powers. Will their newfound abilities finally bring them together or push them further apart? "No Ordinary Family" stars Michael Chiklis as Jim Powell, Julie Benz as Stephanie Powell, Romany Malco as George St. Cloud, Autumn Reeser as Katie Andrews, Kay Panabaker as Daphne Powell, Jimmy Bennett as JJ Powell and Stephen Collins as Dr. Dayton King. "No Ordinary Family" was co-created by Greg Berlanti and Jon Harmon Feldman. Berlanti, Feldman, David Semel, Morgan Wandell and Robert M. Sertner serve as executive producers. The series is from ABC Studios.

"Brothers & Sisters" is a one-hour hit drama that follows the California-based Walker family through the complicated maze of American life today. It revolves around a collection of enmeshed and somewhat damaged adult siblings and their strong but passionately devoted mother, Nora Walker. The Walkers' lives have not been without challenge�Romance, parenting, illness, divorce, infidelity, addiction, war and even death have pushed them to the limit. But they continue to work toward living their lives as individuals, while loving each other unconditionally and trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy. "Brothers & Sisters" stars Dave Annable as Justin Walker, Sally Field as Nora Holden, Calista Flockhart as Kitty Walker, Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Walker, Luke Macfarlane as Scotty Wandell, Gilles Marini as Luc Laurent, Matthew Rhys as Kevin Walker, Ron Rifkin as Saul Holden and Patricia Wettig as Holly Harper. The series is executive-produced by Ken Olin, Greg Berlanti, David Marshall Grant, Sarah Caplan, Michael Morris and Sally Field. It is produced by ABC Studios.


"Better with You" is a comedy about three different couples, intertwined in one family, at various stages in their romantic relationships. There's a couple, Maddie and Ben, in a happy, long-term relationship and not married. Another couple, Mia and Casey, in a brand-new relationship and unexpectedly motivated to make a rush to the altar. Last but not least, there's a long-time married couple, Vicky and Joel, who've been together for 35 years but may have a new take on life. Maddie and Ben have a strong relationship, but they will come to learn that there may be value in Mia and Casey's impulsiveness and spontaneity. And both sisters could surely learn something about relationships from their long-married parents. With three very different relationships, is it free thinkers vs. over-thinkers, or will each couple begin to see things a little bit differently? "Better with You" stars JoAnna Garcia as Mia, Jennifer Finnigan as Maddie, Josh Cooke as Ben, Jake Lacey as Casey, with Kurt Fuller as Joel and Debra Jo Rupp as Vicky. The series is created by Shana Goldberg-Meehan and executive-produced by Goldberg-Meehan and Greg Malins. The show is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Silver and Gold Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

  [october 2010]  


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