At least one new comedy and one sophomore drama will be sticking around ABC this season.
EW has the report that said ABC was cautious about renewing the political drama created by Shonda Rhimes and starring Kerry Washington, but the ratings in the Thursday time slot this fall have been impressive enough to garner another nine episodes – giving the series a full season. The drama is more along the lines of a soap opera with better acting and a primetime spot in the network’s line-up, but audiences seem to be receiving it well.
Meanwhile, The Neighbors is the weakest link in ABC’s comedy show line-up that includes Modern Family and Suburgatory, but despite some terrible reviews (this writer’s review was actually positive) the show has not been a massive failure, still raking in about 6.8 million viewers. Frankly, the comedy is cheesy, but for my money, it works as an almost tongue-in-cheek tribute to sitcoms of the 90s. Jami Gertz and Lenny Venito with Simon Templeman and Toks Olagundoye work well as the human/alien family friends, and it’s certainly better than most of the popular traditional sitcoms with a live audience.
As for the rest of ABC’s new shows, the jury is still out. Ratings for Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue have not been very good (though the former has had to compete with the World Series until now). As for Nashville, it’s still too early for ABC to make a decision, but there’s a 50/50 chance of it being canceled or getting a full season order.
Since the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Private Practice has been canceled, that opens up a time slot for one of these shows to try and do better if necessary. Either way, it doesn’t look like ABC had a super strong debut for their freshman series, but at least The Neighbors has survived so far.
Scandal airs Thursdays at 10/9c and The Neighbors airs Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.