Long-running reality shows The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars, as well as the drama series block created by Shonda Rhimes, were among more than a dozen TV series renewals announced by ABC on Thursday for the fall 2016-2017 television season.
The Bachelor will return for its 21st season, as season 20 featuring Ben Higgins (pictured above with host Chris Harrison) continues to air. The other unscripted series with pickups were fellow Monday night mainstay Dancing with the Stars (season 23), the eternal America’s Funniest Home Videos (season 27) and Friday night staple Shark Tank (season 8).
On the drama side, Rhimes’ Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and Grey’s Anatomy were all renewed for season 6, season 3 and season 13 respectively as they have formed a Thursday night block for the network that’s still pulling in decent numbers despite reportedly being down year-to-year.
Also getting renewed in the drama department are freshman hit Quantico and fantasy fan favorite Once Upon A Time, just ahead of the two shows’ midseason premieres this Sunday. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will also get a season 4, though its sister series Marvel’s Agent Carter remains up in the air.
ABC has decided to keep most of its comedy block as well, placing orders for more Modern Family (season 8), The Middle (season 8), The Goldbergs (season 4), Fresh Off the Boat (season 3), and Black-ish (season 3). That leaves Ken Jeong’s Dr. Ken as the biggest comedy series still on the bubble.
It looks like most of the Alphabet’s schedule will remain the same next season, which is good news if you’re a fan of any of the renewed shows. There’s a consistency that the network has for developing programs – note that most of the series picked up Thursday are going into at least their third season.
However, that also means there will be less slots available at the network for potential new series that might have been in contention for orders, which includes some promising pilots like Kiefer Sutherland’s Designated Survivor. We’ll have to see come fall upfronts if ABC’s decision to stand pat has any effect on the pickups/cancellations it makes.
Are you excited by any of ABC’s renewals? Surprised? Is your favorite show not on this list? Let us know in the comments.