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TwoCentsTV Status Report: ABC

The time for Upfronts is almost upon us, and that means it’s time to take inventory of what’s gone and what’s still up in the air. I’ll be going network by network (for the most part) and share not only the status of some of our favorites but also the latest on what new shows we might be seeing on our screens.

We’ve covered the CW, and now we’ll be moving on to ABC, a network that is still working on its Sunday night 10 p.m. slot.

The most recent renewals include two season pickups for both Modern Family and The Goldbergs, a one season renewal for freshman drama Designated Survivor, American Housewife, Agents of SHIELD, and black-ish. In the unscripted category, Dancing with the Stars, Shark Tank, and The Bachelor will be returning next season. 

Once Upon a Time has been renewed for a season 7 but without Jennifer Morrison’s Emma in the picture, fans are looking at a potential reset of the series that may be featuring fresh faces as the leads.

In addition to prior cancellations including Time after Time and Conviction, the network has also axed Last Man Standing after six seasons and American Crime after three. The ratings for the latter could serve as the explanation for the cancellation despite some of the critical notice while the former fared well on Friday nights but came from an outside studio. The Real O’Neals, Dr.Ken, Imaginary Mary, and The Catch have also been cancelled.

American Idol revival is happening, and it seems that despite their desire to include Idol alumni as judges, NBC’s The Voice beat them to it (more on that in the NBC status report coming soon). ABC is also set to bring back Roseanne with an eight-episode order.

In terms of other pilots, the network will be adding another Marvel series to the 2017-2018 schedule with Inhumans. The network has also ordered new Shondaland legal drama For The People, The Gospel of Kevin from Agent Carter showrunners, The Crossing, medical drama The Good Doctor, and comedies The Mayor and the Untitled Zach Braff series.

Inhumans will tell the story of Black Bolt and the royal family and will star Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Ken Leung as Karnak, Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal and Iwan Rheon as Maximus.

For The People is a legal drama that follows the lives of new attorneys on both the defense and prosecution side as they not only argue in court but also have their lives inevitably intersect. The series stars Britne Oldford, Ben Rappaport, Anna Deavere Smith, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis Hall, Rege-Jean Page, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Lyndon Smith and Ben Shenkman.

The Gospel of Kevin tells the story of a man who is facing down some bad luck and is sent on a mission by God. The series stars Jason Ritter, Cristela Alonzo, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, India de Beaufort, Dustin Ybarra, Chloe East and J. August Richards.

The Crossing is a supernatural drama that follows a small American town who finds themselves encountering refugees from a war-torn country that so happens to be America in the future.

The Good Doctor is a medical drama that stars Freddie Highmore fresh off of Bates Motel.

The Mayor is a comedy that follows an idealistic rapper who initially runs for office as a joke but soon finds himself actually getting elected. Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs is set as executive producer alongside Speechless’ Jeremy Bronson and stars Brandon Michael Hall, Lea Michele, Yvette Nicole Brown, Bernard Jones, Marcel Spears and David Spade.

The Untitled Zach Braff project follows the life of a radio journalist who quits his job and decides to go out on his own. The series was formerly known as StartUp.

Tune in for our next installment of the status report soon and for more on up to date renewal and cancellation news, check out our score card!

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