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ABC brings back 'Private Practice,' 'Brothers & Sisters' and more

April 23, 2009 |  1:53 pm

ABC has confirmed that it's giving an early pick-up to "Ugly Betty," as Denise Martin reported earlier today.

But that's not all: The network also says, in a release sent out today, that it's bringing back 11 other series, including the medical drama "Private Practice." 

Also headed back: "Dancing with the Stars" and "Desperate Housewives," which are ABC's top series, as well as "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost" and "Brothers & Sisters." 

Rounding out the list are the unscripted series "America's Funniest Home Videos" (in what will be its 20th season), "The Bachelor," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Supernanny" and "Wife Swap."

That leaves the Christina Applegate sitcom "Samantha Who?" as ABC's most prominent "bubble show," or series whose fate remains uncertain. Doubt also surrounds the mid-season crime show "Castle" and the sitcoms "Surviving Suburbia" and "In the Motherhood."

The network will reveal its entire fall lineup next month to advertisers in New York.

-- Scott Collins