This may end up being the kindest fall TV season in recent memory. Not only have the broadcast networks not canceled a single new show, but one of them is already adding episodes to its existing hits.
ABC is rewarding some of its best performers with orders for additional episodes, Deadline reports.
On the comedy side, each member of ABC's Wednesday comedy block—The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, and Black-ish—will add two episodes to its current season, bringing all four shows to 24 episodes.
On the drama side, Once Upon a Time and Castle were each upped by one hour, and Grey's Anatomy got an even bigger, with ABC ordering two more episodes of the medical drama. That brings Once Upon a Time and Castle to 23 episodes each, and Grey's to 24. The extra workload is nothing new to Grey's, as the show has surpassed the standard-issue 22-episode order eight times in its 11-season run.
Notably absent from the list are Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which may have been passed over because of their more serialized nature. And in the case of Murder, star Viola Davis' contract states that she won't do more than 15 episodes this season, and no one wants to imagine an episode of Murder without her. Nashville and Revenge, which are struggling in the ratings, won't be expanded, either. Resurrection was originally asked to do an extra episode, but the network changed its mind.
The extra episodes could be an indication that ABC doesn't have a lot of confidence in its new shows, aside from How To Get Away With Murder and Black-ish, which have already earned full-season orders. Or it could simply mean that ABC wants to cut down on repeats.
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