In anticipation of their upfront presentation on Tuesday, ABC has just gone renewal crazy, so here's a quick rundown of what they're bringing back next fall.
First up, ABC has picked up three fourths of it's current Wednesday night comedy block. The anchor of which is of course the multiple time Emmy winner Modern Family, and there was never a worry it wouldn't come back. The status of both The Middle and Suburgatory wasn't so written in stone, but both draw decent ratings, and now both shows are returning. The network still hasn't made up it's mind regarding Don't Trust The B In Apartment 23, but based on its early performances, I'd say it's a pretty good bet for renewal. The show DTTB replaced, Happy Endings, has good critical buzz and also has a good shot at another season. The fate of GCB has yet to be decided. The Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing is probably coming back too, but really, does anyone care?
On the dramatic end of the spectrum, Grey's Anatomy got its expected renewal for a ninth season, and the Nathan Fillion starring Castle was picked up for a fith go-around. Highly rated freshman dramas Revenge and Once Upon A Time are coming back for their sophomore years as well. Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes' other projects, Private Practice and the new drama Scandal are both good bets to return, but with the somewhat struggling PP most likely receiving a half season order. The statuses of Missing and Body Of Proof are both still up in the air.
Do you agree with the shows ABC has chosen to keep alive for another year?
Writer's note: I don't usually respond to comments within articles, but I felt compelled to respond to the following anonymous note:
"The Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing is probably coming back too, but really, does anyone care?". . . .and totally biased!!!!
First off, I'll admit that the comment may have been overly negative, but I am not being biased. I don't even watch the show in question. I have nothing against Tim Allen. I based my statement on the fact that I don't know anyone (in real life or online) who has both watched and enjoyed the show. Plus, the ratings its been getting are mediocre at best. Therefore, the "does anyone care" bit was not meant as a rhetorical musing, but as a legitimate question. Higher rated shows have met the axe much quicker than Last Man Standing. Thank you for reading this, end of clarification.