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ABC Orders Full Seasons of Once Upon a Time, Happy Endings, and Tim Allen's Last Man Standing

Once upon a time, there was a man named Tim Allen, and he had a happy ending. Such is the news out of ABC today, as the network has ordered full seasons of Once Upon a Time, Last Man Standing, and Happy Endings (all three series were given "back nine" pickups, bringing each show's episode count up to 22). Given the ratings success of all three shows, none of these decisions came as a surprise.

After two episodes, it's fair to call Once Upon a Time a hit (for now). The fairytale drama, which debuted earlier this month, premiered to big numbers and then did something even more impressive: It held onto its audience! I know, right!? The show has drawn more than 12 million total viewers and a 4.0 rating—a fairly shocking performance for a genre series with both a high concept and people in funny costumes. The basic premise is that classic fairytale characters exist across two alternating universes; one of them is the fairytale land were they belong, the other is the real world, where they have no recollection of being Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, etc. It's created quite a buzz here at TV.com and even features some really wacky fights between witches!

Tim Allen's new comedy Last Man Standing has been a pleasant surprise for ABC, premiering to more than 13 million viewers and holding on to almost 9.4 million of those in its most recent episode. Go ahead and pick your jaw up off the floor; the show is here to stay and there's a place for it on TV.

Happy Endings, which is in its second season after a short midseason debut last spring, will go the distance this season after settling into ABC's new potent Wednesday-night comedy block. It's become a nice partner for Modern Family in the nine o'clock hour, with its most recent episode drawing 7.62 million and a solid 3.4 rating in the adult demo. And now I'm about to say something controversial: It's WAY better than Modern Family. Debate in the comments!

ABC has also ordered five more episodes of Pan Am, a good sign that the network is at least considering keeping that drama around. But with last Sunday's installment notching only 5.46 million viewers and a 1.8 rating, those scripts are going to have to be really, really good. Like, spontaneous stewardess orgy while Russian spies try to hijack the plane good.

There's no word yet on Man Up, for obvious reasons.


Which one of these pickups are you most excited about?


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I'm picking up Happy endings a little late, as there are soooo much show out there. But I think it's really good! And yes Price, I have to agree it's way better than Modern Family...
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I find Pan Am to be a complete snooze fest, but I am very excited about Once Upon A Time! What a great show! It's a unique story line and I love the characters! When the hand on the clock finally moved at the end of the pilot...I was hooked!



I'm just so tired of police and crime dramas!
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Yes, Happy Endings is way better than Modern Family. I love Modern Family, but its not going anywhere. There's no development anymore, which makes me sad, and brings it to the bottom end of my sitcom list.



Also, yay Once Upon A Time! Love that show!
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Yay for Once Upon a Time and Happy Endings !
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Only Once Upon A Time & Pan am news excites me.
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Well, after reading the comments here I decided to try "Once Upon A Time"...

Interesting concept I must say. And I love Jennifer Morrison. I will keep following this.

It was nice to see Giancarlo Esposito again in a very, very, different role. It just goes to show the great versatility of this actor.
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none i get more exited with puppies v babies
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welcome to another "lets bash modern family" episode for those who -obviously- cannot get the brilliant comedy and humor.. I have heard great things about happy family but this comparison thing is so meaningless and it really is becoming boring and annoying to see people spreading their negativity on something obviously many people love.. and belive me this news article is so NOT about modern family, so those who stop by only to about that, are beyond pathetic..



having said that the only news I am happy about is the one regarding Pan-Am.. all the manhood shows of this season are absolutely irritating, OUAT's premise is so uninteresting for me, and have no time for Happy Ending (though it is in my list)..
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I agree. I don't understand how people can compare "Modern Family" to "Happy Endings." If anything, I could see people comparing "Modern Family" to "The Office," and in that scenario, the whole "mockumentary" thing is the only similarity. People need to stop hating on MF.
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I definitely "get" Modern Family's humor. I still dig the show, but it has been disappointing lately. Season 1 was brilliant, as was the first part of Season 2, but then it started to go downhill and this season is the worst yet. I'm still glad it's doing well though. It pains me that the quality has dipped. Now it's not a bad show by any means. Even when it's having an off period it's still better than a lot of the sitcoms on air. I really hope it can get brilliant again.
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Happy Endings is the bomb! Second only to FX's The League.
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Happy Endings is the ish. Smart smart comedy.
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Happy about Tim Allen's Last Man Standing.
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I'm happy about Happy Endings, yay!
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Happy Endings has been better than Modern Family this season for sure.. most of this season on Modern Family has been just meh..



Also i knew the Tim Allen show would get renewed before it even aired.. Home Improvement was awesome and this is pretty much the same thing only with girls and this type of shows audience still watches tv so ya its a hit
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Awesome about Once Upon A Time

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I just wish I liked any of the characters on Happy Endings. What started out as an interesting show last year has turned into the most disfunctional group I've ever seen. None of them are even remotely interesting. I've deleted it from my DVR Season Schedule.
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Happy happa for Once upon a time ! Begby is brilliant !
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Alright last man standing glad it is staying.
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I'm so glad Once Upon a Time is getting picked up! I'm surprised that I love it, but I do! A lot! I thought I'd go for Grimm more because I like police procedurals, but it was very predictable, whereas OUAT keeps surprising and delighting me.
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I didn't read anything after "spontaneous stewardess orgy" so I hope there was nothing important left to read!



You are correct... Happy Endings is "WAY better than Modern Family".
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Congratz to the 3 shows. I am happy for once upon a time and hapyp ending more because i watch those 2.
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When it comes to creating comedy, Modern Family and Happy Endings are equally funny. But personally, at the moment, I do enjoy Happy Endings more. I like the quick fire exchange of one-liners.
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Pan AM is a bit of a surprise, although I guess ABC just doesn't have anything better to fill the Sunday 10pm slot with. I guess they figure they can always use it as summer filler. And it appears the gamble ABC took with premiering Once Upon A Time later in the season (as it appears for NBC with Grimm) paid off.



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I like Modern Family but Happy Endings is way funnier. It's AMAZZING!
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Modern Family is crap.
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As I've been enjoying Once Upon A Time so far, I'm really glad it got picked up.
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Awesome news, I love OUAT and Happy Endings. And I agree Happy Endings is way better than Modern Family.
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I only limit myself to two comedies: Community and Psych, so I don't watch Modern Family. I have seen a few episodes of Happy Endings and enjoyed it. I think it's probably a little more original. Modern Family stole the single-camera/interview format from The Office, and the family seems to be a little too "put-together" to me. Does that make sense? Like, it's not actually representative of an average "modern family" but of an attempt to make a diverse family of stereotypes and milk them for what they're worth..
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Yeah for Once Upon a Time!!!! I also hope that Grimm is also picked up =)
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Once Upon A Time!
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Once Upon a Time & Last Man Standing. I don't watch Happy Endings or Modern Family.
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I don't watch Happy Endings or Modern Family. I've sampled a few episodes of Modern Family the past couple of years and find it rather blah. As for Happy Endings, I was excited about it when I heard Elisha Cuthbert would be in it, but after watching the first seven episodes last season, I gave up on it. I didn't find it funny at all and found myself watching the clock instead of the show and couldn't wait for it to be over. I don't know how anyone could expect me to start watching again this season.



Yay, for Once Upon A Time. Absolutely love it!
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I have to agree with you both shows just seem so stupid. I gave Modern family a try it's irst season and just didn't like. Tried watching happy ending this season but found it to stupid too. Like they are trying to hard to be funny.
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Good for Once Upon a Time. Well-deserved pickup! However, Modern Family is waay better than Happy Endings, IMO; but Happy Endings is a funny show, nonetheless.
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Once Upon a Time, woo hoo!
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Yay for "Last Man Standing" and "Once Upon a Time" :)
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Yay for Once Upon a Time!
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good for OUAT and Happy Endings.. but Last Man Standing should've been forced to sit...
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Right now the Fringe folks are watching Once Upon a Time and saying, "We had the two universes part... why didn't WE think of this? And this "character development" stuff - why didn't we think of that too? Am I right, Astrid? Broyles? Nina?"
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Oh, I do think Season 1 and the first part of Season 2 of Modern Family were better than Happy Endings, but it went downhill towards the end of Season 2, IMO. Which is a real shame as I LOVED that show.
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Yay! I LOVE Happy Endings. I think it has been funnier than Modern Family this season. Though I do love Modern Family. But Season 3 is the weakest of the show yet, IMO. Happy Endings, however, has been on fire. It's hilarious and fun and the highlight of Wednesday nights for me. Several of the actors deserve Emmy nominations, especially Eliza Coupe, who is really impressing me lately. Soooo glad ABC stuck with this fantastic sitcom. I've been waiting for them to give it a full season pick-up. It has been performing solidly. However, I wonder where they're going to put Cougar Town when that comes back mid-season. Maybe on Tuesday's after Last Man Standing if they don't renew Man Up. I think maybe they should have comedy blocks on two nights.
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I love happy endings but I have to say I love modern family more.

Good news about last man and once upon a time.
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With The Office, 30 Rock, Community and Parks and Rec on my viewing list, I never thought that Happy Endings would be the one giving me regular, consistent LOL moments. The others are funny, just not laugh-out-loud funny.
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Happy Endings is better than Modern Family, because blowing smoke from my ass is funnier than Modern Family. That show is one of the unfunniest shows ever to air on television, and I don't see how ANYONE could like it.
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Once Upon a Time <3
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great news for OUAT and happy Endings. Never watched Happy Endings until ABC family did a marathon. So thanks for that, cause it is funny..One of those shows I wish I would have watched when it first came out, but oh well watching it now.
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I love Modern Family and Happy Endings though I have to say Happy Endings gives me more laugh out loud moments. Also, good news on Once Upon a Time
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Once Upon a Time has been picked up! YAY! (Did I just yay? I never yay.) Let the Model United Nations of fairytale characters commence.
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Ha ha. Everyone can tell me how wrong I am, but I LOVE "Modern Family." How is "Happy Endings" better???
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Once Upon a Time! it didn't seem like a show i would watch but i gave it a chance and i love it!
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Glad to hear about OUAT -- the ratings and the show are great.

LMS isn't on my watchlist, but I expected high ratings for it before the season.



Despite my love for the show, I'm a little surprised about Happy Endings getting its due. It's hilarious, but I thought the ratings might not be high enough. During Happy Endings' run the past 1 and a third seasons, I'd say it's funnier than Modern Family's last 1 and a third seasons. The first season of Modern Family was arguably better, though.
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OF COURSE Happy Endings > Modern Family
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