In one of her first programming moves since becoming president of ABC Entertainment, Channing Dungey has given early renewals to the bulk of the network’s established series. The list includes 15 shows, including one freshman, breakout drama Quantico. It is joined by Shondaland dramas Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away with Murder; dramas Once Upon a Time and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; comedies Fresh off the Boat and the entire Wednesday lineup of The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Black-ish and The Middle, as well as reality stalwarts Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor, Shark Tank and America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Not on the list are veteran procedural Castle, whose renewal is contingent on making a new deal with star Nathan Fillion. There had been preliminary conversations, but I hear talks paused when the changeover at the top of ABC happened and are expected to resume with new entertainment president Dungy.
Also not making the early renewal cut are several bubble shows, drama Nashville, now in its fourth season, freshman comedy The Muppets and sophomore “bridge shows” Agent Carter, whose star Hayley Atwell already was recruited for an ABC pilot, Conviction, and Galavant.
Also MIA are Friday multi-camera comedies Last Man Standing and Dr. Ken, both of which have performed solidly on the night. The renewal of veteran Last Man Standing, which comes from 20th TV, has traditionally come down to the wire as the two companies wrangle over financial terms.
The 15 early orders are in stark contrast to the MO employed by Dungey’s predecessor Paul Lee, who would hold off on all renewals — even of the network’s biggest shows — until the Thursday or Friday before upfront week. Early renewals are welcomed by showrunners and studios as they provide security, allowing them to lock in key writers for next season and spend more time planning the shows’ creative direction.
“We’re very proud of our strong roster of performers, and we’re excited about what they will bring us creatively next season,” said Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment.
Quantico, starring Priyanka Chopra, has been breaking DVR records with triple-digit lifts.
Despite year-to-year declines, ABC’s Shondaland Thursday remains arguably the most potent all-drama lineup on broadcast TV.
Once Upon a Time, which is marking its 100th episode this spring, has been slipping in the ratings but remains a solid DVR gainer. It also is among the shows with strongest synergy ties to the Disney brand, featuring many of the popular Disney fairytale characters.
The Goldbergs, coming off its well-rated Dirty Dancing-themed episode last night, has been a success story for ABC. The Sony TV comedy had a rough start on Tuesday, paired with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in its first season, but has excelled since relocating to the Wednesday comedy block at the beginning of Season 2.
Ditto for Fresh Off the Boat, another sophomore comedy success for the network.
Here are descriptions of all newly renewed ABC series:
“black-ish” (Season 3)
Andre “Dre” Johnson and his physician wife, Rainbow, are living the American dream: great careers, four beautiful kids and a home in an upper middle class neighborhood. With a little help from Pops and Ruby, Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future. Loosely based on show-creator Kenya Barris’ life, the series tackles a wide array of timely social issues with humor and humanity.
“black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Laurence Fishburne as Pops, Jennifer Lewis as Ruby and Jeff Meacham as Josh.
“black-ish” was created by Kenya Barris and is executive produced by Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins. The series is produced by ABC Studios.
“FRESH OFF THE BOAT” (Season 3)
Set in the mid-‘90s, 12-year-old hip-hop loving Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) and his family are adjusting to their new lives in suburban Orlando – new schools, new friends, new neighbors, new traditions – yet still remaining true to their family values and their continual pursuit of the American Dream.
“Fresh Off the Boat” stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery, Ian Chen as Evan and Chelsey Crisp as Honey.
“Fresh Off the Boat” is executive produced by Nahnatchka Khan, Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
“THE GOLDBERGS” (Season 4)
For geeky and movie-obsessed youngest child Adam, wonder years were spent documenting the hilarious and awkward antics of his colorful family. Mom Beverly is at her best when she’s meddling, matchmaking and bedazzling her way through life, while Dad Murray parents from the comfort of his recliner in his underpants. Oldest sister, Erica, dreams of being a pop star if she can only overcome her secret love of all things uncool. Then there’s middle child, Barry, who’s just as in touch with his emotions as he is with his sick rap skills, which is how he landed Lainey as his girlfriend, who is also Erica’s best friend and the hottest girl in school. Rounding out the brood is beloved grandfather, Al “Pops” Solomon, the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who enjoys family time with his grandkids almost as much as his weekly massages. The siblings fight off huggies, snuggies and nubbies as they navigate what it means to grow up as a Goldberg.
“The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg, Patton Oswalt as adult Adam Goldberg, Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg, Troy Gentile as Barry Goldberg, Hayley Orrantia as Erica Goldberg, AJ Michalka as Lainey Lewis with George Segal as Pops Solomon and Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg.
“The Goldbergs” is executive produced by Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson, Alex Barnow, Marc Firek, David Katzenberg and David Guarascio. “The Goldbergs” is produced by Adam Sandler and Doug Robinson’s Happy Madison TV and Adam F. Goldberg Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.
“GREY’S ANATOMY” (Season 13)
ABC’s hit drama “Grey’s Anatomy” has been a television staple for over a decade, and the series is set to return this fall for its 13th season. Created and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “The Catch”), the show follows Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial. Faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis, they seek comfort from one another, and at times more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white.
“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Sarah Drew as April Kepner, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Jerrika Hinton as Stephanie Edwards, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce, Jason George as Ben Warren, Martin Henderson as Nathan Riggs and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca.
“Grey’s Anatomy” was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder”). Betsy Beers (“Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder”), Mark Gordon (“Saving Private Ryan”), Rob Corn (“Chicago Hope”), William Harper, Stacy McKee, Zoanne Clack and Debbie Allen serve as executive producers. “Grey’s Anatomy” is produced by ABC Studios.
“HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (Season 3)
After taking Professor Annalise Keating’s (Viola Davis) class at Middleton University and successfully landing coveted positions working at her law firm, the Keating 5 were pushed to their limits as their values, convictions, dreams and even truths about themselves were revealed to be as dark as the law and justice system they’re trying to learn.
“How to Get Away with Murder” stars Emmy-winner Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, Billy Brown as Nate Lahey, Alfred Enoch as Wes Gibbins, Jack Falahee as Connor Walsh, Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt, Matt McGorry as Asher Millstone, Karla Souza as Laurel Castillo, Charlie Weber as Frank Delfino and Liza Weil as Bonnie Winterbottom.
“How to Get Away with Murder” was created and is executive produced by Pete Nowalk (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”). Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Betsy Beers (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and Bill D’Elia (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The West Wing”) also serve as executive producers. “How to Get Away with Murder” is produced by ABC Studios.
“MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.” (Season 4)
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns for a game-changing fourth season. In the aftermath of their journey to another planet, Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of the team are more driven than ever to put an end to Gideon Malick (guest star Powers Boothe) and the Hydra organization. Little do they know that they are up against the deadliest threat they’ve ever faced – an extremely powerful Inhuman who was transported back from Maveth in the body of their worst enemy, Grant Ward (Brett Dalton).
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell.
Produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who also serve as executive producers along with Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb.
“THE MIDDLE” (Season 8)
Two-time Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and her unflappable husband, Mike, is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average – yes, most definitely average – family.
“The Middle” stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.
“The Middle” was created and is executive produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heiline. The series is from Warner Bros. Television.
“MODERN FAMILY” (Season 8)
ABC’s groundbreaking and multiple Emmy Award-winning hit comedy series “Modern Family” takes a modern and often hilarious look at the complications that come with being a family today.
“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett and Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett.
“Modern Family” is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Steven Levitan Prods and Picador Productions. Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are co-creators/executive producers. Danny Zuker, Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh, Abraham Higginbotham, Jeffrey Richman, Elaine Ko, Stephen Lloyd and Jeff Morton also serve as executive producers.
“ONCE UPON A TIME” (Season 6)
Welcome to Storybrooke, Maine, a small town that probably won’t show up on your GPS, but it’s a magical place to visit. Reality and myth merge as Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, Hook, Rumplestiltskin and all the other resident fairy tale characters encounter adventures with new friends and foes, battling with good and evil. But one thing always prevails: you never give up on the people you love.
“Once Upon a Time” stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Sean Maguire as Robin Hood, Rebecca Mader as Wicked Witch/Zelena and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
“Once Upon a Time” is executive produced by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Steve Pearlman, David H. Goodman and Andrew Chambliss. “Once Upon a Time” is produced by ABC Studios.
“SCANDAL” (Season 6)
Everyone has secrets, and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. Pope’s team is at the top of their game when it comes to getting the job done for their clients, but it becomes apparent that these “gladiators in suits,” who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, have trouble fixing those closest at hand – their own.
“Scandal” stars Emmy-nominated Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus, Bellamy Young as First Lady Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen, Scott Foley as Jake Ballard, Portia De Rossi as Elizabeth North, Cornelius Smith Jr. as Marcus Walker and Emmy-winner Joe Morton as Eli Pope.
“Scandal” was created by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder”). Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder”), Mark Wilding and Tom Verica serve as executive producers. “Scandal” is produced by ABC Studios.
“QUANTICO” (Season 2)
A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.
“Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Josh Hopkins as Liam O’Connor, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah and Raina Amin, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Tate Ellington as Simon Asher and Graham Rogers as Caleb Haas.
“Quantico” is executive produced by Joshua Safran, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Jake Coburn and Robert Sertner. “Quantico” is produced by ABC Studios.
“AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS” (Season 27)
“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” the longest-running primetime entertainment show in ABC history, returns for season 27 with the same mission—to provide viewers with hysterical moments that fly by at a dizzying pace. These real-life blunders are fun for everyone, from viewers age four to one hundred and four. “AFV,” the show that invented the viral video, continues to be a tradition for millions of families from coast to coast. Hosted by actor and “Dancing with the Stars” champion Alfonso Ribeiro, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” has given away over $14 million in prize money and evaluated more than a million video clips from home viewers.
Vin Di Bona and Michele Nasraway serve as executive producers. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is produced by Vin Di Bona Productions.
“THE BACHELOR” (Season 21)
ABC’s “The Bachelor,” a pop-culture sensation, will celebrate its 21st season with more fireworks, surprises and drama than ever. Just as Ben Higgins, one of the most popular Bachelors ever, will end his journey to find love with a proposal, the series has encouraged millions of viewers for over a decade to find their own fairytale romances while the original hit primetime romance reality series continues to offer unpredictable, sexy, emotional, over-the-top fun. The newly relaxed format rules guarantee more “OMG,” jaw-dropping moments. Bachelor Nation has made this romantic rollercoaster ride one of television’s top social-media and water-cooler shows, as one lucky man and 25 lucky women have the unique opportunity to find true love.
Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelor” is a production of Next Entertainment, in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner, Peter Scalettar and Nicole Woods serve as executive producers.
“DANCING WITH THE STARS” (Season 23)
“Dancing with the Stars” prepares for more glitz, glamour and sequins for fall 2016. With an all-new cast of celebrities ready to take on the competition and hit the ballroom floor, it will be another season full of surprises and unforgettable dances.
“Dancing with the Stars” is the hit reality series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines, which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts and voted on by viewers.
“Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Rob Wade and Ashley Edens-Shaffer are executive producers.
“SHARK TANK” (Season 8)
“Shark Tank,” the critically acclaimed reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, has also become a culturally defining series. The recipient of the 2015 and 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, the business-themed show returns to the ABC Television Network for its eighth season.
The Sharks – tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons – continue their search to invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Sharks will once again give people from all walks of life the chance to chase the American dream, and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires.
The Sharks are billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner, technology innovator Robert Herjavec, fashion and branding expert Daymond John and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary.
“Shark Tank,” which is based on the Japanese “Dragons’ Den” format created by Nippon Television Network Corporation, is executive produced by Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill, Yun Lingner and Phil Gurin. The series is produced by United Artists Media Group in association with Sony Pictures Television.