ABC Entertainment Group prexy Steve McPherson announced Tuesday morning that he had given early second-season orders to Wednesday night frosh “Modern Family,” “
News was fresh enough that the network hadn’t even informed its producers yet of the sophomore pickups.
All three shows have helped establish a laffer block for the network, which hasn’t had much success with sitcoms in recent years. It also validates the gamble ABC took this year in launching a two-hour block of all new series.
Of those four comedies, one has been a breakout hit – “Modern Family” – while one didn’t make it to midseason (“Hank”). “
As a block, the picked-up comedies “The Middle, “Modern Family” and “
Renewals spread the wealth among studios: “Modern Family” comes from 20th Century Fox TV; “
ABC’s pickup reps the second early sophomore order of the week at the nets. Fox confirmed Monday that it was greenlighting a second season of “Glee.” (That makes for a good week for 20th Century Fox TV, which is also behind that musical series.)