Just as NBC makes its “Powerless” cancellation official, ABC has renewed four shows for next season.
The Kiefer Sutherland-led thriller series “Designated Survivor,” its Marvel action series “Agents of SHIELD,” its family fairytale drama “Once Upon a Time” and Katy Mixon-led comedy “American Housewife” are all coming back in the Fall.
‘Designated’ has averaged a 1.3 rating and 6 million viewers per episode in Live + Same Day, but doubles its viewership when several days of DVR stats are taken into account. ‘Housewife’ is averaging a 1.5 rating and 5.3 million viewers. Both shows will be scoring a second season.
Marvel’s “Agents of SHIELD” will return for a fifth outing following the currently fourth season which, despite a later timeslot, has held onto its audience. A fifth season will see it cross the 100-episode mark.
“Once Upon a Time” is returning for a seventh outing which will be retooled following the confirmed exit of Jennifer Morrison and likely exit of Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas. New deals have been locked with Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and Colin O’Donoghue who will become the leads as the action takes a big time jump next season.
Things weren’t all good news though as the network has also cancelled the comedies “The Real O’Neals” and “Imaginary Mary”.
ABC has also locked down some new series joining the line-up including the comedy “The Mayor” about a rapper whose joke election run sees him win, Shonda Rhimes’ legal drama “For the People,” and an untitled Zach Braff comedy about a radio journalist trying to start his own business.
Also going forward are “The Gospel of Kevin” about a man (Jason Ritter) tasked by God to save the world, “The Good Doctor” about a young surgeon (Freddie Highmore) recruited to become a pediatrician, and the high-concept “The Crossing” starring Steve Zahn in the story of an American town where war refugees start showing up – thing is the ‘war’ they’re escaping is in America, but 150 years in the future.
The latter two shows have also scored brief teasers below: