Finally some good news! After a day of announcing cancellations I am pleased to bring you five drama series that have been renewed for another season by ABC.
Beginning with 'Once Upon a Time,' pictured above, ABC has big plans for this fantasy drama as the network will also be launching a spinoff next season entitled 'Once: Wonderland.' After two seasons, 'Once Upon a Time' is still gaining steam. The series takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, in which the residents are actually characters from various fairy tales that were transported to the "real world" town and robbed of their real memories by the Evil Queen, Regina. Ratings have continued to climb as the series progresses and the coming spinoff is sure to create even more interest in the series.
'Once Upon a Time' stars Ginnifer Goodwin ('Big Love') and promises an ever-increasing cast of notable literary figures in the coming third season.
'Grey's Anatomy' has also been renewed by ABC, marking what will be the hospital drama's tenth season. This is an incredible milestone for any series--the staying power of the surgical soap cannot be overstated.
'Grey's Anatomy' has amassed a massive collection of awards and accolades over the past nine seasons, including four Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes. Starring Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey, the series has seen cast members come and go, storylines and tones alter, but the loyal fan following of the program has sustained, making it well worth ABC's while to renew 'Grey's Anatomy' for a tenth season.
'Grey's Anatomy' joins elite company with its tenth season, matching the longevity of landmark television series such as 'Friends' and 'Smallville.'
Next on our renewal list is 'Nashville,' the sleeper-hit about the country music scene in America. Described as a musical drama, 'Nashville' has cast talented musicians in its lead roles and has even released accompanying singles under the guise of the main characters. This unique program has had one season on ABC where it surprised many prognosticators by earning critical acclaim and a loyal following.
Much of the success of 'Nashville' is directly owed to Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, pictured on the couch above. The two female leads are beautiful, talented, and have a surefire chemistry on screen. Britton plays Rayna Jaymes, the established "Queen of Country" music. However, her latest album is not selling well and her tour is playing to half empty venues. Her record label suggests that she open for Juliette Barnes (Panettiere), the young and sexy best selling singer of bubble gum country. The season has seen that chance meeting and frosty relationship develop into an intriguing partnership.
'Nashville' earned itself a second season in a difficult proving ground. Who's next?
In a move some may find surprising, ABC picked up 'Scandal' for a third season. 'Scandal' is a political thriller than many saw as being on the bubble this season, so a third season order is welcome news for fans.
Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington in a star-making role) dedicates her life to protecting the public images of the nation's elite and making sure their secrets never get out. Olivia is a former White House Communications Director for the president, but has left to start her own crisis management firm, Olivia Pope and Associates. She is hoping to begin a new chapter of her life, but is finding out that she cannot leave parts of her past behind without having a definite soft side. The series also starred Henry Ian Cusick, however he has since left the show during the second season.
A new direction for the third season will determine if 'Scandal' limps to an exit in a year's time or can join several other long-running ABC successes.
Last but not least, ABC renewed 'Revenge' for a third season, as well.
A primetime soap that even die-hard fans refer to as a guilty pleasure, 'Revenge' is a plot-heavy, twist-heavy rollercoaster of character intrigue. Emily Thorne (played by Emily VanCamp) comes to The Hamptons, renting a home next to the Grayson family to enjoy the summer. However, it is revealed that Emily has been to the Hamptons before, as a little girl. In reality, Emily is Amanda Clarke, whose father was framed for a crime he did not commit and sent to prison for life, and later murdered in the prison. She was permanently separated from him when she was a little girl and never saw him again. Now, she has returned to the Hamptons, intent on getting revenge on those who wronged her and her father.
Employing the tried and tested formula of giving your audience more information than your characters, 'Revenge' has earned its place in ABC's line-up and has been rewarded with another season of thrills and spills.
Finally, some good news! Which of these shows are you excited to see more of?