ABC once again is looking for supersized seasons of its Wednesday comedy series The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family and Black-ish. The network has ordered two more episodes each of The Middle, The Goldbergs and Black-ish, while talks for two more episodes of Modern Family are ongoing. Additionally, there is more good news for sophomore Tuesday comedy Fresh off the Boat. The family comedy originally had been given a 13-episode Season 2 order as it debuted last midseason. On the heels of the show getting a Back 9 order for a full-season 22 episodes, FOTB‘s second season has been expanded to 24 episodes with a pickup of two extra half-hours.
It is standard practice for the broadcast networks to order extra episodes from its strongest performers, and veterans Modern Family and The Middle have produced 24-episode seasons virtually for their entire runs to date. This is the second consecutive year that ABC is going for 24 episodes for all four of its Wednesday comedy series, joined this time by FOTB. The five series come from different studios, 20th TV (Modern Family, FOTB), Warner Bros. TV (The Middle), ABC Studios (Black-ish) and Sony TV (The Goldbergs).