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ABC Confirms 2009-10 Order Numbers

ABC has locked in its scripted commitments for the 2009-10 season.

The news, which was confirmed to the site exclusively by network and studio sources, includes some adjustments to its previously indicated episode orders.

Newcomers “V” and “FlashForward” are set to film 12 and 24 total hours, respectively, both one episode shy of numbers reported earlier this fall. Come 2010 then the Alphabet will have eight new episodes of “V” (returning March 30) while “FlashForward” (returning March 4) will offer up 14 fresh installments.

At midseason, seven episodes of “The Deep End” and “Romantically Challenged” as well as eight hours of “Happy Town” are on tap.

As for its returning slate, “Grey’s Anatomy” is set to film 24 episodes while “Desperate Housewives” is booked for 23 hours.

The rest of its lineup – including “Castle,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Cougar Town,” “Private Practice,” “Ugly Betty” and “Brothers & Sisters” – currently have the standard full seasons of 22 episodes.

Rounding out the bunch then are “Lost” and “The Forgotten” with 18 episodes each and “Scrubs” and “Better Off Ted” with 13 episodes apiece.

Sources however were quick to note that the option still exists to order additional episodes of several of the aforementioned series.

Source: The Futon Critic