ABC has started making its series orders for the coming season, giving the nod to five dramas: “How to Get Away with Murder,” “American Crime,” “The Whispers,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter” and “Forever.”
Also picked up are four comedies: “Blackish,” “Galavant,” “Manhattan Love Story” and “Selfie.”
Renewals that are beyond the obvious choices include a nod to “Revenge” for a fourth season, “The Goldbergs” and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” for sophomore sessions.
“Murder” features Viola Davis as a law professor who gets wrapped up in a murder mystery with four students. Peter Nowalk penned the ABC Studios pilot and exec produces with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
“American Crime” stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton in a drama about racial tensions that explode after a couple is attacked in their home. John Ridley wrote the pilot for ABC Studios.
“The Whispers” is an alien-invasion vehicle from Amblin TV and writer Soo Hugh.
“Marvel’s Agent Carter” (pictured) is derived from the Captain America milieuand stars Hayley Atwell as covert operative Peggy Carter in 1946.
“Forever,” from Warner Bros. TV, revolves around an NYC medical examiner who happens to be immortal. Mark Miller wrote the pilot toplined by Ioan Gruffudd.
“Blackish,” from ABC Studios, stars Anthony Anderson as an upper middle-class family man trying to give his children a sense of their African-American cultural identify against the obstacles presented by other family members. Kenya Barris wrote the pilot and is exec producing with Anderson and showrunner Larry Wilmore.
“Galavant,” from ABC Studios and “Neighbors” creator Dan Fogelman, is a big swing at a musical comedy about a handsome prince out for revenge after losing his true love.
“Manhattan Love Story” is a rom-com about a couple that has just begun dating, from scribe Jeff Lowell.
“Selfie,” from Warner Bros. TV, revolves around a self-obsessed young woman, played by Karen Gillan, trying to change her ways. Series creator is Emily Kapnek, the scribe behind ABC’s bubble comedy “Suburgatory.”
Alphabet has also given renewals to “Once Upon a Time,” for a fourth season, and “Resurrection,” the late midseason entry that impressed during the past six weeks. “Castle” is also renewed for season seven.
And from the no-duh department, “Grey’s Anatomy” is back for an eleventh season while “Scandal’ returns for year four. “Modern Family” is renewed for its sixth season.
There’s no official word yet from ABC on the fate of other bubble shows including drama”Nashville” or comedies “Mixology,” “Suburgatory” and “Trophy Wife,” but the high volume of new series orders likely narrows their chances of returning.