ABC Renews 15 Shows Including ‘Quantico,’ ‘The Bachelor’ & Comedy Slate

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ABC has handed out a slew of renewals for shows including much of its comedy slate, plus Shondaland’s “TGIT” dramas.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Black-ish,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scandal,” “Shark Tank” and “Quantico” have all been renewed for the 2016-17 season.

The only shows that have not landed pickups and remain on the bubble are “The Muppets,” “Agent Carter,” “Castle,” “Nashville,” “Dr. Ken,” “Last Man Standing,” “Galavant,” critically acclaimed anthology series “American Crime,” plus all-but-dead freshman series “Wicked City” and “Blood and Oil,” which both had their episode orders trimmed earlier in their first runs.

The early pickups come after the network’s recent executive shakeup that saw Channing Dungey take the top spot of president of entertainment following the departure of Paul Lee, who in the past waited until May, ahead of upfronts, to renew ABC’s shows. The large group of today’s renewals — which include some of ABC’s biggest recent ratings and critical successes — marks the first major programming move under Dungey’s reign. “We’re very proud of our strong roster of performers, and we’re excited about what they will bring us creatively next season,” said Dungey in a statement on Thursday.


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“Quantico” has been picked up for a second season. The season-two renewal comes as no surprise, as the sexy FBI trainee drama was the shining star of ABC’s 2015-16 fall lineup, becoming the first freshman show to land a full season renewal. With Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra leading the young ensemble, the network that prides itself on its diverse, female stars has found a new face. “Quantico” returns with its midseason premiere this Sunday.

“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” has been renewed for season four, though the future of ABC’s other Marvel show, “Agent Carter,” remains unclear. “SHIELD” stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons and Luke Mitchell. The superhero drama was created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. ABC promises the fourth season will be “game-changing.”


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ABC has also renewed all of Shonda Rhimes’ current dramas, which occupy the net’s popular “TGIT” Thursday night programming block. “Grey’s Anatomy” will return for season 13; “Scandal” will be back for season six; and “How to Get Away With Murder” will be back with season three.


“The Goldbergs” has been renewed for a fourth season. The 1980s-set family comedy, created by Adam F. Goldberg, is a staple of ABC’s strong Wednesday night comedy block, along with “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Black-ish.” In its third season, the show has drawn more viewers than in its initial run, with all episodes bringing in far more than 6 million viewers and a handful reaching over 7M.

“Black-ish” will return for a third season. The African-American family comedy, starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, has drawn a healthy audience in its sophomore season, but perhaps just as important as the ratings performance is the sitcom’s confrontation of hard-hitting headline issues such as police brutality and even use of the N-word. A recent episode, covering the Black Lives Matter movement, resulted in huge Twitter reaction and ratings uptick.


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“Fresh Off the Boat” has also been renewed for a third season. One of many successful comedies on ABC’s slate, the comedy has been billed by critics and fans for bringing diversity to broadcast TV that otherwise had not boasted a sitcom centered around an Asian-American family. Created by Nahnatchka Khan, the critical darling has found a breakout star in Constance Wu who has been touted by many industryites since the series’ debut.

“Modern Family” will come back for season eight. The award-winning unconventional family comedy created by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd stars Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Nolan Gould, Ariel Winter, Rico Rodriguez, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and Jeremy Maguire.

“The Middle” has also been renewed for season eight. Another strong, long-running family comedy for ABC, the series stars Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher and Atticus Shaffer. Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heiline created the series.


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“America’s Funniest Home Videos” will be back for season 27. Hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, the home-video comedy show is exec produced by Vin Di Bona and Michele Nasraway, hailing from Vin Di Bona Productions.

“The Bachelor” has been renewed for season 21. Currently nearing the end of its 20th season with bachelor Ben Higgins, the graybeard of reality dating shows continues to thrives with big ratings through each two-hour episode on Monday nights. The show has also spawned off successful spin-offs “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise” and numerous inexpensively produced after-shows, hosted by Chris Harrison, which pretty much guarantee steady numbers for ABC.


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“Dancing With the Stars” will be back for season 23. Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and exec produced by Rob Wade and Ashley Edens-Shaffer, the celebrity dance competition show will enter a new season this fall. The full cast of dancers will be announced next week and so far includes “Full House” alum Jodie Sweetin.

“Shark Tank” has been renewed for season eight. The business-reality show, which exudes hope for the American dream, won the Emmy in 2014 and 2015 for outstanding structured reality program. A strong performer on Friday nights, the series sees entrepreneurial hopefuls judged by the Sharks, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary. Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill, Yun Lingner and Phil Gurin are exec producers. United Artists Media Group and Sony Pictures Television produce.

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  1. Gary Comfort says:

    The Family is a great show. Honestly if it is cancelled I will never watch ABC programming again. Just start getting interested in a show and it disappears. In this era of irregular seasons it is tough enough to get interested in a program without having a network cancel a show that I like. I’ll stick with NBC or CBS. At least they give their shows a chance.

  2. Lee Mendoza says:

    I agree with some of the shows that are going to be removed, but “Castle” is one of my favorites. I really hope that they don’t remove it.

  3. D,D,White says:

    You put on shows that don’t take any thought to watch. A small few of the shows you have renewed have nothing interesting to say. A few are okay like DWTS, American funnies videos. Show like Castle, make you think, see if you can find out who did the crime. The help and sparks from the actors is great. When you get up a little in years, you don’t want to watch something that doesn’t make you think. The shows on TV these day are really not worth watching. 30 minutes for show, 30 minutes for commercials, in an hour show. Go figure. A lot of the reality shows on are, fighting, arguing and cussing. Is this what you are teaching the younger people today as being okay? JUST what has happened. Is it all about money now. We watch a lot of justice files, crime 360 and forensic files, because again they make you think. SORRY that is just how some of us think.

  4. Voice Of Reason says:

    Liking The Catch… more peeps should be watching it… It’s nice to see a little lighter drama and the cat mouse is also fun. I also like the covert and spyesque elements as well. Show needs more time to ripen up viewership.

  5. Shirley Brown says:

    Please keep Last Man Standing and Dr Ken
    and Castle on!

  6. Crystal Moon-Webster says:

    Please, please keep Nashville and Last Man Standing!

  7. Mr. Joshua says:

    Galavant. Please peopl, give it a chance.

  8. Andy Diamond says:

    So happy that THE MIDDLE got renewed because I think it’s the best comedy show ever alongside BIG BANG THEORY, MODERN FAMILY and THE GOLDEN GIRLS. I always purchase THE MIDDLE on the German iTunes Store.

  9. dee says:

    Castle not being announced as renewed must be because of either or both stars’ contracts.

    • Jedi77 says:

      Or the increase in salary as opposed to the decine in ratings.
      The longer ther run, the more it costs to make the show, but the ratings have been lackluster lately.

  10. cMarks says:

    I thought “American Girl”, from a few years back, starring Margaret Cho was centered around an Asian American family.

  11. I won’t “beg” and I won’t bloviate, but I do hope ABC picks up Agent Carter for a third season. The show is vastly improved from Season One, even if the ratings have slipped, and it shouldn’t be too hard for a limited series like Carter to work around Ms. Atwell’s other show, if it’s even picked up.

  12. Hannah says:

    No! Oh please please please please!! Renew Agent Carter! I BEG you! PLEASE! Agent Carter is the best show ever!

  13. Spider says:

    I sure hope “Agent Carter” and “Castle” get renewed, too!

  14. Fed Mertz says:

    Agent Carter. Best show on ABC. Hands down.

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