With the three-month writers' strike effectively over (at last), ABC and Grey's Anatomy are getting back into the show-making business.
ABC has announced that nine fan - and advertiser - favorites would be back on the small screen next fall, with full-season renewals given to Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Private Practice, Pushing Daisies, Samantha Who? and Dirty Sexy Money.
The 2008-09 season will be the fifth for Grey's Anatomy, although Season One contained only nine spring episodes and this season (Season Four) has been stuck on 11 for weeks now due to the strike. There have been 72 episodes to date.
Justin Chambers and the Grey's Anatomy cast will be back in April!
While the network was quick to tout its fall lineup, it has yet to confirm its spring one. E! reports that writers / actors for Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Lost, Brothers & Sisters and Ugly Betty will be among the first back to work.
Other comments from ABC confirm that Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Lost will be ready to go within six weeks or so, putting us on track for a return of new Grey's Anatomy episodes in early April. We think.
Kristin Veitch of E! reports in a separate column that the show returns to its usual time slot May 1, whatever that means. So all bets are off.
ABC also plans to move Lost to 10 p.m. on Thursdays, right after Grey's Anatomy, giving it an uber-lineup on TV's biggest night of the week.
As for ABC's trio of new hits, Pushing Daisies, Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money, the network's Wednesday-night triumvirate will stay dark until the fall, leaving only repeats until the new seasons return then.