×

ABC Renews ‘Castle,’ ‘Nashville,’ Marvel Duo, Shonda Rhimes TGIT Trio & More

Following new series orders for the 2015-16 season — and cancellations of “Forever,” “Cristela,” “Resurrection” and “The Taste”ABC has handed over renewals to a slew of returning series.

Most shows on the bubble will be coming back including “Castle” for Season 8, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” for Season 3, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” for Season 2 and “Nashville” for Season 4. Also returning is “Once Upon A Time” with its fifth season.

Still up in the air is Stana Katic‘s status for the eighth season of “Castle,” which has locked down her male lead Nathan Fillion. The eight season will see a shift in showrunner, as David Amann will be stepping away from the show, replaced by Terence Paul Winter. The new showrunner has served as a producer on “Castle” and has written episodes on the crime procedural.

Dramas

No surprise here, but Shonda Rhimes trio of hits will be returning, in addition to her new drama “The Catch,” which was officially ordered today and will star “The Killing’s” Mireille Enos.

Rhymes’ renewals include the high-rated “Grey’s Anatomy” — without Patrick Dempsey whose Dr. McDreamy was killed off last month — plus Kerry Washington’s “Scandal” and Viola Davis’ “How To Get Away With Murder,” which unofficially announced its Season 2 renewal during its February finale.

Freshman dramas “American Crime” and “Secrets and Lies” will also be back for new seasons.

The John Ridley series, in which Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman starred in Season 1, was not entirely expected to be renewed for Season 2, as critical reception was stellar, but ratings were not. However, the dark, raw drama is expected to be a major player during Emmy season. Ridley has always envisioned “Crime” as an anthology, covering a new case each season.

Though positioned as an event series, Ryan Phillippe’s “Secrets and Lies” was a solid performer for ABC throughout its first run, hitting a season high this past weekend with its Sunday night finale ratings. Juliette Lewis is expected to stick with the second season, as the detective, but Phillippe whose character was cliffhangered dead, took to Twitter after the final episode to tell fans that the next story does not involve him, alluding to the inaugural cast being swapped with a new ensemble, as Season 2 will cover a new crime.

The renewals of “SHIELD” and “Agent Carter” set up a nice continued slate of Marvel properties at ABC, which could see two more projects from the studio, including a “SHIELD” spinoff, in the early stages of development, and a top-secret project with “American Crime’s” Ridley attached.

Comedies

As for comedies, ABC is bringing back freshman hits “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off The Boat,” plus “The Goldbergs,” “The Middle” and — no-brainer — “Modern Family.” Fairy-tale musical “Galavant” was also renewed.

“The Middle’s” Charlie McDermott’s involvement in Season 7 is unknown, as he landed a pilot with CBS, which has yet to be ordered at the network. However, if gets picked up, ABC wants to keep the actor involved with at least guest bits.

Alternative

On the unscripted side, “The Bachelor,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “Shark Tank” and “Beyond the Tank” were renewed.

“20/20” will also return to ABC.

Previously cancelled was “Revenge,” which will wrap up its final season this Sunday.

More TV

  • Janene Drafs KTLA

    Janene Drafs Becomes First Woman to Lead KTLA

    KTLA-TV is poised for a historic changing of the guard as Seattle station executive Janene Drafs takes the reins of the storied Los Angeles TV station as general manager following the retirement of local broadcast stalwart Don Corsini. Drafs, who is the first woman to lead KTLA, is set to begin her post as VP and [...]

  • Conductor and Composer Eímear Noone pictured

    Oscars to Feature Female Orchestra Conductor for the First Time

    A woman will be conducting at the Oscars for the first time on Sunday, Feb. 9, the Academy announced today. Irish-born composer-conductor Eímear Noone will conduct excerpts from the five nominated scores. She is the first female to lead the orchestra in the history of the televised awards, the Academy said. Details beyond that are [...]

  • Marta Kauffman Television Producer

    Marta Kauffman's Okay Goodnight, Fox 21 TV Studios Ink First-Look Deal

    Okay Goodnight, the production company helmed by “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman alongside Robbie Rowe Tollin and Hannah KS Canter, has signed a multi-year first-look deal with Fox 21 Television Studios to create projects for linear and streaming platforms, starting with an adaptation of the novel, “The Dreamers.” “Marta Kauffman is a legend and a hero [...]

  • Actor John Karlen

    John Karlen, Actor in 'Dark Shadows' and 'Cagney & Lacey,' Dies at 86

    Emmy-winning actor John Karlen, best known for his work on the television series “Dark Shadows” and “Cagney & Lacey,” has died. He was 86. Karlen died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at a hospice in Burbank, Calif., his friend and spokesperson Jim Pierson told the Associated Press. The actor played conman and scoundrel Willie Loomis [...]

  • THE BACHELORETTE - Hannah Brown caught

    'Bachelorette' Contestant Tyler Gwozdz Dies of Suspected Overdose

    Tyler Gwozdz, a former contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” has died of a suspected drug overdose. He was 29. According to the Boca Raton Police Department, Gwozdz was hospitalized on Jan. 13 following a “medical overdose.” He later died in Florida’s Palm Beach County after spending a week in the  intensive care unit. TMZ, which first [...]

  • betty gilpin ann coulter

    'Impeachment: American Crime Story' Casts Betty Gilpin as Ann Coulter

    “GLOW” star Betty Gilpin is set to play Ann Coulter in “Impeachment: American Crime Story” at FX. News of Gilpin’s casting comes just one day after it was announced that Billy Eichner had been cast as Matt Drudge in the third season of “ACS,” which will tackle the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Beanie Feldstein will [...]

  • Jim Jefferies

    NBC Orders Comedy Pilots From Jim Jefferies, 'Superstore' Creator Justin Spitzer

    NBC has picked up a pair of comedy pilots for the 2020-2021 season. The first is the multi-cam “Jefferies,” which will star Australian comedian Jim Jefferies as a fictionalized version of himself. Jefferies will also write and executive produce along with Suzanne Martin. Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills will also executive produce [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content