Having stalled its development process the longest of the four major networks following the writers strike, ABC announced it was picking up five more new series for the 2008-09 season, including three hours and two half-hours.
Two of the hour pick-ups are what the network describes as "comedic" procedurals: Castle, starring Nathan Fillion (Desperate Housewives, Waitress) as a mystery novelist who comes to the aid of the NYPD; and The Unusuals, starring Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) as an NYPD vice detective. Castle is produced by ABC Studios, and The Unusuals is from Sony Pictures TV.
The third hour is the network's own remake of its failed 1998 romantic dramedy Cupid. The series, about a guy who thinks he's the Roman god of love, is from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, with ABC Studios producing.
In the sitcom category, Single with Parents is a family comedy starring Alyssa Milano (Charmed) as a thirtysomething single with two rather needy parents (played by Annie Potts and Beau Bridges). Better of Ted is a workplace comedy from Victor Fresco. Single is from FTP Productions in association with ABC Studios. Ted is from 20th Century Fox TV.
The five new series join the previously announced period procedural Life on Mars and game show Opportunity Knocks, along with all of the network's returning series.