ABC felt generous today and handed out some early renewals for four of its series. How nice! Fairytale drama Once Upon a Time, FBI drama Quantico, '80s family comedy The Goldbergs, and family comedy Fresh Off the Boat were all given the good news that they'll be back for another season.
Once Upon a Time, which returns to action this Sunday with its 100th episode, will be back for its sixth season of pulling every single character from Disney's vaults and 'shipping them with another flesh-and-blood Disney character. When Once Upon a Timewas announced in 2010, did you think it would make it to six seasons?
Quantico is ABC's big hit of the TV year (and one of network television's so-called breakouts) and will get a sophomore season. The FBI drama about domestic terrorism and men wrapping their waists in towels is big on Sundays as the No. 1 show on broadcast with people 18-to-49 on the night, and kills it when DVR numbers are factored in. Plus, Priyanka Chopra! We are all just living in her world now.
The Goldbergs gets a fourth season after fitting solidly into the 8:30pm slot on ABC's strong Wednesday night comedy block. To think, what started out as a scream-com has turned into one of the best comedies on network television. My only question is how long can this show go on before Adam grows a full beard and starts singing baritone?
Fresh Off the Boat coming back for Season 3 is probably the most surprising of the renewals, mostly because the other three shows were pretty much givens to return. But Fresh Off the Boat, a family comedy centered around an Asian-American family, was mired by itself on Tuesday nights with a difficult timeslot partner in The Muppets, and has performed well with viewers and critics. It's truly one of broadcast television's most pleasant success stories. Now if only ABC could find a way for it to infiltrate Wednesday nights.
On the scripted side of things, returning to the Alphabet for the 2016-2017 season will beBlack-ish (Season 3), Grey's Anatomy (Season 13), How to Get Away With Murder(Season 3), Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 4), The Middle (Season 8), Modern Family (Season 8), and Scandal (Season 6).
If you're keeping score, you'll notice that American Crime, Castle, Dr. Ken, Galavant, Last Man Standing, Marvel's Agent Carter, The Muppets, and Nashville remain on the bubble and were not among the shows receiving early renewals. Some of this was to be expected (Agent Carter's ratings were abysmal, The Muppets was not very good), while others are a little more surprising. Despite its low ratings, the anthology series American Crime, for instance, has been critically acclaimed in its second season and will likely be Emmys bait come fall.
New series The Real O'Neals, The Family, Of Kings and Prophets, and The Catch have only just premiered or have yet to premiere, so we won't have any updates about their fates for a while. Meanwhile, Wicked City and Blood & Oil were already effectively canceled earlier this season.
Which show are you most excited for?