ABC‘s Paul Lee certainly marches to the beat of his own drum. Once again, he did not adhere to the traditional practice of early renewals. He did not renew a single series until today when he, just like last year, proceeded with a shock-and-awe campaign that resulted in 19 series — 9 new and 10 returning — being picked up in the span of one hour late at night. When the dust settled, who is still standing from ABC’s pilots? There are just a few real contenders left. On the comedy side, those are Cristela and Fresh Off The Boat from 20th Century Fox TV, which look good. On the drama, it is mystery Secrets & Lies, which has a series penalty and Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis as stars. The rest are considered dead or long shots. I also hear that status of soap The Club as a 10-episode straight-to-series drama for next season, is being re-examined, though it is unclear if any change of status is possible.
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