ABC‘s two bubble midseason drama series are heading in opposite directions. Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal, which just inched up in the ratings last night, is being renewed for a second season, while GCB is being canceled. ABC’s two other midseason dramas The River and Missing, had no chance of returning and are indeed officially dead. Ditto for the long-forgotten Pan Am.
Veteran Private Practice also is expected to get a renewal for what will likely be the series’ final season though that is not official yet. (UPDATE: Private Practice has been renewed.) I hear complicating the negotiations is the fact that Mark Gordon, who produces the series, is also behind the drama pilot Americana, which is at the center of heated talks after word got out that ABC was passing on it. Yesterday, NBC renewed the Dick Wolf-produced veteran crime drama Law & Order: SVU along with a series pickup of the producer’s pilot Chicago Fire.