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.
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.
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.
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.