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TV Bulletin Board (Feb. 11)

Newcomers Pushing Daisies, Private Practice among 9 ABC pickups.

ABC got out in front of strike settlement news Monday by announcing fall pickups of nine prime-time series, including four freshmen.

The first-year series getting second lives are dramas Pushing Daisies, Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money and the comedy Samantha Who?

They join no-brainers Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and Lost plus two slightly tougher calls, Brothers & Sisters and Ugly Betty.

Lost so far has aired two of eight currently available episodes, with time perhaps to make two or three more new ones before the 2007-08 TV season ends in May. Samantha Who? has a trio of pre-strike episodes remaining, as does Dirty Sexy Money, which reportedly will save them for next fall. The last remaining Brothers & Sisters episode is set for Sunday, Feb. 17th.

Fresh episodes of B&S, DH, Grey's and Ugly Betty are expected to be ready by spring. But Daisies and Practice likely won't resume new episodes until September.

***The sixth edition of NBC's Biggest Loser will be looking for potential losers in Dallas as part of a 13-city search on Feb. 16th. The local locale is the Uptown Bar & Grill, 2523 McKinney Ave., Dallas 75201. Audition hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the show is looking for "outgoing and charismatic teams of two." The show's grand prize is $250 grand. Additional information is here.