US Network ABC is reportedly close to renewing Ugly Betty for a fourth season.
The last word on the series’ future left things very unclear when ABC announced that it was temporarily replacing the show with a comedy block.
Michael Ausiello reports, “The network is also said to be this close to giving early pickups to Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and The Bachelor.”
That would leave some question marks overother shows including Life on Mars and Samantha Who.
But an ABC spokesperson said it was not ready to announce any pick-ups at this point.
Seven is yet to premiere the third season of Betty which began in September in the US. That season includes a guest appearance by Grant Bowler (fast becoming “the new Alan Dale”?).
Meanwhile Showtime has announced a renewal for Toni Collette’s United States of Tara, with another 12 eps set for 2010.
“It has been pure pleasure working with Diablo Cody, Toni Collette, Steven Spielberg and everyone at Dreamworks on United States of Tara,” said Showtime entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt . “This show is a perfect fit for our premium brand and we’re thrilled that critics and audiences have responded to this groundbreaking show so well. I look forward to many more alternate personalities emerging from this unique series.”
So far no Aussie network has yet indicated it has the rights to this show, including Showtime.