If you're an ABC series, you may have just received some good news! In advance of its upfront presentation on Tuesday, the network made the rounds today and called producers of seven shows to say, "Congratulations, you've been renewed."
Renewals went out to Grey's Anatomy, Castle, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, The Middle, Suburgatory, and Modern Family early this evening, capping a whirlwind day of television news. [UPDATE] ABC also renewed Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelor, and Shark Tank shortly after the scripted shows got their news. Shark Tank received a super-sized 22-episode order.
None of the renewals come as that much of a surprise. All the veteran shows were locks for renewals, and the three new shows have performed well enough with critics and fans to be considered potential long-term additions to ABC's lineup.
But what's missing? Well, Missing, for one. But also GCB, The River, Private Practice, Scandal, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, Happy Endings, Last Man Standing, Pan Am (which was never "officially" canceled), and Body of Proof.
Just because the renewals weren't announced today doesn't mean the shows are doomed. But if I had to guess, I wouldn't hold my breath for GCB, The River, or Body of Proof, as those are almost certainly goners. As for the others, it all depends on what ABC thinks of its pilots. I could also see both Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- surviving somehow (shortened seasons?).
Do you think ABC will keep any of the shows it didn't renew today?
– NBC Renews Community for a Shortened Season 4
– Fox Renews Family Guy and American Dad for the 2013-2014 Season
– NBC Renews Parenthood, Orders a Final Season of 30 Rock
– Cougar Town Is Renewed for Season 4... on TBS