Two weeks after being tapped as ABC entertainment president, Channing Dungey is doing something her predecessor, Paul Lee, never did: hand out early renewals. The former head of drama at ABC Studios on Thursday renewed several series — including multiple shows from outside studios.
Returning for additional seasons are America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Black-ish, Dancing With the Stars, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Agents of SHIELD, The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Shark Tank and Quantico.
How to Get Away With Murder
The Viola Davis starrer from showrunner Pete Nowalk and exec produced by Rhimes will return for a third season. Produced by ABC Studios, Murder has begun to show viewer fatigue this season as the series — which relies heavily on flashbacks, and flash-forwards — has hit a string of series lows. The sophomore slump comes as little surprise after Murder ranked as one of the highest-rated freshman series last year. The series will likely feature another short-order of 15 episodes to accommodate both star Davis’ feature work as well as its roller-coaster plot. The drama, which is approaching its March 17 season two finale, will give way to Rhimes-produced midseason entry The Catch in its Thursday at 10 p.m. slot, keeping ABC’s TGIT block in tact.