ABC Renews Private Practice, Don't Trust the B----, Body of Proof, and Last Man Standing

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Hey ABC, would it kill ya to make all these announcements at one time so we don't waste valuable computer-screen ink and clutter the internet with pages and pages of renewals? The network has continued its slow trickle of scheduling announcements all evening, handing out late renewals to a quartet of bubble shows. All day I've been saying, "Oh [this renewal] wasn't a surprise" and "[this renewal] was expected," but I think we have our first real surprise!

Dana Delaney's Body of Proof will return for a third season, and I certainly did not see this one coming back. ABC has renewed it for 13 episodes, which has been a very popular number over the last few days as many networks remain non-committal.

Also fairly surprising is the renewal of Private Practice, the Grey's Anatomy spin-off that seemed destined for the trash pile after it was moved out of the cushy post-Grey's slot. However, the renewal could be for a final season. This marks three Shonda Rhimes series on ABC for next season: Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal.

Midseason comedy Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 also got the good word after a good late start as part of the Wednesday night comedy block. I'm guessing Krysten Ritter walked into ABC headquarters in a tight dress and ABC had no choice but to renew the show. No word on episode count yet.

And finally, score one for MEN! Tim Allen's multi-camera comedy Last Man Standing will be back for Season 2. Tim Allen is unstoppable, you guys. No word on how many episodes Last Man Standing will get, but I can tell you that it will likely be paired with the new comedy Malibu Country, starring Reba McEntire, for a solid hour of yokel yuks.


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