After cancelling a trio of underperforming sophomore comedies and a freshman drama that collapsed over the course of its only season, ABC brought some good news by renewing eight of its scripted shows – American Housewife, Black-ish, Mixed-ish, The Conners, The Goldbergs, A Million Little Things, The Rookie, and Stumptown.
Midseason dramas The Baker and the Beauty and For Life remain on the bubble, with decisions to be made at a later date. Earlier this season, ABC set the conclusions for How to Get Away with Murder, Modern Family, Fresh Off the Boat, and Agents of SHIELD while renewing The Good Doctor and Station 19. Thursday mainstay Grey’s Anatomy was given a two-season renewal last spring.
There were no real surprises in this lucky octet of shows, as The Conners and The Goldbergs are cornerstones of the ABC comedy slate, especially in the wake of Modern Family ending; American Housewife is a decent in-house utility player looking to build up a syndication package; Black-ish is raking in syndication money hand over fist and remains acclaimed; Mixed-ish and Stumptown were soft in L+SD but loved by the network; A Million Little Things has been quite strong in non-linear ratings and gives ABC a non-IP soapy drama on their schedule; and The Rookie took to its Sunday slot much better than expected.
Were this a normal year, ABC would’ve already released their 2020-21 schedule, but they’re one of two broadcast networks (along with NBC) to not have made their plans for this fall public. Considering that they’re releasing their renewals, cancellations, and series orders, it seems a schedule release will be happening soon.