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ABC Renews “Once”, “S.H.I.E.L.D” and 13 More Shows

Channing Dungey has been ABC entertainment president for around two weeks, but she’s already making her mark on the network by handing out early renewals to fifteen of the network’s shows.

Dungey said in the announcement “We’re very proud of our strong roster of performers, and we’re excited about what they will bring us creatively next season,”

Take a look at the shows that have been officially announced for the 2016-17 broadcast season.

1. Once Upon A Time

With it’s 100 episode mark looming, creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis told The Hollywood Reporter that “It’s the kind of show that can go on for as long as people like it because there are so many characters still left to be explored. And there’s always the possibility that it could continue with different characters.” The fantasy drama has been a stable bet for the Disney-owned network drawing in an average of 8 million viewers.

2. The Goldbergs

The Sony Pictures Television-produced comedy inspired by the life of showrunner Adam F. Goldberg will return for a fourth season after helping to thicken ABC’s Wednesday night comedy block. The show’s Dirty Dancing-themed tribute episode beat The Middle in the time slot with an impressive 2.0 with the adults 18-49 demo.

3. Grey’s Anatomy

The renewal of a 13th season means that the medical drama starring Ellen Pompeo is one step closer to ER‘s impressive 15-season run. The twelfth season became TGIT’s best performing series and topped the likes of Murder and Scandal.

4. Scandal

Rhimes and Kerry Washington will be back at it again for a sixth season! But, will it be the last? Rhimes has already said that she doesn’t see the fast-paced series as “10-season or eight-season show. … I’ve already decided when Scandal is ending. I think there’s only so much Scandal you can tell satisfactorily.”

5. How to Get Away with Murder

ABC has ordered more Murder as the show will return for a third season. The Viola Davis drama has suffered a bit of a viewer fatigue with its second series which is surprising as Murder was one of the highest-rated freshman shows of last year. As usual, we can likely expect a short-order of 15 episodes in order to accommodate Davis’ feature work.

6. Fresh Off The Boat

Dungey has made diversity a top priority and the 1990s Asian-American family comedy will be back for a third season. While it has had to battle with the poorly rated Muppets revival for a lead-in, the show has been a core part of ABC’s Tuesday night comedy block.

7. Quantico

The Priyanka Chopra-led show was one of the networks few freshman hits. It was ranked as Sunday’s top scripted series among adults 18-49 and has had impressive double-digit gains with DVR. Produced by Grey’s executive producer Mark Gordon, Quantico‘s renewal shows ABC’s continued efforts to diversify the network.

8. Modern Family

The five-time Emmy winner may not be as great as it used to be, but it still one of the biggest drawers for the network. After The Big Bang Theory, it’s one of the most successful comedies on network television although it is one of ABC’s more costly entries with a huge ensemble.

9. Black-ish
Led by Anthony Anderson, the comedy has tackled hot-button issues from the N-word to police brutality.

10. Dancing With the Stars
The reality competition saw its season 21 finale draw its highest demo rating in a year with a 2.4 rating — though that was down year-over-year. The series remains a valuable piece of the network with the cast of the 22nd cycle poised to be announced which means the go-ahead for a 23rd season shows confidence from ABC.

11. America’s Funniest Home Videos

It’s a stable show in ABC’s Sunday night lineup and will be back for a 27th season with its new host Alfonso Ribeiro.

12. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

It kicked off ABC’s Marvel small screen venture spawning the likes of Agent Carter and a potential spin-off Marvel’s Most Wanted. It may have dropped considerably since its first season, but decreases have leveled off recently and the storylines have been a lot stronger. S.H.I.E.L.D‘s renewal leaves second-year drama Agent Carter on the bubble. With Carter’s star Hayley Atwell already signed on to a drama pilot and the second season concluding with a cliffhanger, ABC has insisted that Atwell could juggle both shows if her pilot ends up going to series.

13. The Bachelor

Love is still in the air for the reality series. It’s proven to still be a big draw on Mondays, especially with women and despite competition from Fox’s X-Files revival, the dating show has held its own. With a summer spinoff Bachelor in Paradise, ABC recently launched a Bachelor after show that will air live.
14. Shark Tank
The reality veteran has livened up what was a previously a dead night for the network by making ABC a contender on Fridays. It has helped launch sitcoms like Last Man Standing and Dr. Ken along with having its own spin-off, Beyond the Tank. 
15. The Middle

The sitcom has been a long-running favorite with the network and will be back for an eighth season.

Shows on the Bubble

Now that you’ve seen which show’s will be returning, it’s time to look at the shows that are still without a renewal or cancellation.

Castle is noticeably absent with questions over whether or not the show’s stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic will sign deals to return for a ninth season.

Also in trouble is Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere drama Nashville. The country music soap has seen a strong decline in viewers for its fourth season.

Galavant will be an unlikely renewal after rumours that Dan Fogelman’s musical is the opposite of what the network wanted.

Despite rave reviews and Emmys, John Ridley’s American Crime has failed to be a hit with viewers. The anthology could meet ends with Ridley having a drama pilot in the pipeline with the network.

Tim Allen’s comedy Last Man Standing hit its 100 episode milestone and has continued to defy all odds on Fridays with a small, but loyal viewership as part of the network’s block with Dr. Ken.

Yet, the rest of the network’s freshman class, which includes The Muppets, have yet to receive their sentences.

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