ABC Extends ‘The Goldbergs,’ ‘Trophy Wife,’ & ‘Super Fun Night’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:25 am,

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On the same day that ABC decided to cap the future of one of it’s new comedies - pulling the plug on the Back in the Game starring James Caan and Maggie Lawson – they also chose to invest in the continuation of three other shows – The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, and Super Fun Night.

The standout of that group is The Goldbergs; Adam F. Goldberg’s semi-autobiographical 80s nostalgiapalooza family comedy. Nestled in behind Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Goldbergs has done a serviceable job in the ratings, averaging 7.5 million viewers and a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo after Live+7 DVR is calculated, and all despite being a poor thematic match for its lead in.

Super Fun Night has similar numbers, but it hasn’t received as much critical acclaim and it has struggled to keep the attention of Modern Family viewers who are changing the channel as soon as Rebel Wilson comes on the screen. Perhaps that’s why, unlike The Goldbergs (which got a “back 9″ order), Super Fun Night only got an additional 4 episodes to prove itself.

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‘Super Fun Night’

Despite the fact that Trophy Wife has seen the worst ratings of ABC’s new comedies (including Back in the Game), averaging only 5.7 million viewers with a 1.9 demo, the show also got a “back 9.” Perhaps that’s due to the support it has received from critics rooting for a show about a young woman’s immersion into her new husband’s non-nuclear family.

In the past, ABC has given a lot of leeway to shows with similar attributes like Happy Endings and Cougar Town, but ultimately, those shows have had a tough go and are no longer on ABC, so Trophy Wife could still be one and done this season. Remember, now-canceled shows like Go On and The New Normal received the same gesture of faith that Trophy Wife and The Goldbergs just received, so a lot can happen between now and the end of the season.

The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife air on ABC every Tuesday @9pm and 9:30pm, respectively. Super Fun Night airs on ABC Wednesdays @9:30pm.

Source: THR & IndieWire

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  1. The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife are 2 (in my opinion) of the best comedies to run on ABC in years. I hope they make it through season 1 and make a season 2.

  2. I usually don’t like comedy shows but Trophy Wife is an exeption. HILARIOUS! :D

  3. Yeah, ABC gave a lot of leeway to “Cougar Town”…When the show was a success and got solid ratings for 2 seasons they decided to move it to a new night, then they made it a mid season replacement, then they cut the number of episodes, then they didn’t promote it…Yeah, it’s amazing “Cougar Town” didn’t do better since ABC really knows how to nurture its shows.

  4. It’s too bad they cancelled Back in the Game. James Caan is hilarious on it.

    I like the Goldbergs. Trophy Wife is my favorite new ABC sitcom. Super Fun Night has it’s moments and then quickly pursues the awkward fat joke that ruins everything else it built up.

  5. the mom in the middle of the Goldbergs picture reminds me of Diane Chambers from Cheers

  6. Good decision on canceling Back In The Game, it was REALY BAD, i love Maggie Lawson on Psych and she is so talented and beautiful and sweet in real life and AWESOME as Juliet O’Hara but not this “Terry character”. Thank god they aren’t going to produce any more episodes. Never mind Maggie you still have Psych, but i bet you regret missing out on some of the already filmed season 8 to work on that crappy show, HUGE mistake. Let’s hope with Maggie’s schedule freed up that Psych will get a season 9.