ABC’s pickups + renewal of Happy Endings = even more work this fall for stand-ups and UCB players!

Hot off the heels of seeing NBC order six new sitcoms that employ a dozen comedians from the worlds of stand-up comedy and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres, ABC is also looking to stand-up and the UCB for its own sitcom resurgance.

To wit:

Happy Endings, just introduced this spring as a midseason replacement in the 10 p.m. Wednesday timeslot and often doubling up episodes in that hour, earned itself a second season, which means more work for stand-up Damon Wayans Jr. and UCB alums Casey Wilson, Adam Pally and Eliza Coupe.

Last Man Standing brings stand-up Tim Allen back to ABC.

Apt. 23 might be making headlines initially for casting Krysten Ritter and James Van Der Beek, but it also includes roles for stand-up Eric Andre and UCBer Michael "Mookie" Blaiklock

ABC also is bringing back the Bosom Buddies concept, this time cross-dressed-up as Work It, starring Amury Nolasco and Ben Koldyke, and featuring a cast that includes stand-up John Caparulo, Kate Reinders (from TASTiSKANK) and Kirstin Eggers (from Summer of Tears).

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Man Up stars Mather Zickel and Teri Polo, with co-stars played Christopher Moynihan (who's the writer/producer of this series), Dan Fogler and Henry Simmons.

Suburgatory stars Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy, with parts for Alan Tudyk, Ana Gasteyer, Cheryl Hines, Carly Chaikin and Allie Grant. Written and produced by Emily Kapnek.

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