BVITV showcases 7 new & 10 returning series at upfront

MUMBAI: Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) will be launching a total of 17 new and returning network series for the '06-'07 season.

This follows a year in, which BVITV has seen the success of Desperate Housewives, Lost and Grey's Anatomy.

BVITV's sixth annual international upfronts event was held on 21 May. The event was hosted by Buena Vista Worldwide Television president Laurie Younger and BVITV EMEA executive vice president and managing director Tom Toumazis.

At the event, BVITV launched four new one-hour series, two new half hour series, and one new reality series/format. The new one-hour series are Betty the Ugly (with Salma Hayek as executive producer), Brothers & Sisters, Day Break, Six Degrees (all in production for ABC), and the two new half-hours are In Case of Emergency and Let's Rob… Its new reality series/format is How to Get the Guy.

The company's returning one-hour series are Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy and Lost (all returning for a third season), plus Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer and What About Brian (moving into their second season).

The returning half-hour series are Scrubs (sixth season), and According to Jim (sixth season). The three-time Emmy-winning reality series/format The Amazing Race will also return for a ninth season, along with America's Funniest Home Videos, which will return for a 17th season.

In addition, BVITV will be previewing to clients at LA Screenings the new one-hour series Kyle XY, Lincoln Heights and Three Moons Over Milford, all of which are in production for ABC Family.

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