It is that bittersweet time of 12 months when networks assess their present slate of programming, and bulletins concerning new greenlights, present renewals, and cancellations. After absolutely the bloodbaths over at CBS, The CW, and Netflix, we are able to not less than present some optimistic information as ABC has introduced a flurry of renewals for a few of their fan-favorite exhibits. First, three stand-out comedy collection are set to return, with “The Conners” has been given a fifth season, “The Surprise Years” for a second, and “Residence Economics” for a 3rd. All three airing their season finales subsequent Wednesday, Could 18. Each “The Conners” and “The Surprise Years” are reboot initiatives primarily based on long-loved IPs from ABC, whereas “Residence Economics” is an unique collection a few trio of grownup siblings dwelling in several financial brackets.
On the extra dramatic aspect of issues, “A Million Little Issues” has been renewed for a fifth season and the thrilling “Massive Sky” will return for a 3rd. “A Million Little Issues” can even wrap up its season on Could 18, 2022, and “Massive Sky” has additionally introduced that actors Jensen Ackles and Jamie Lynn-Sigler will probably be promoted to collection regulars for the following season. These scripted bulletins come within the wake of ABC’s introduced renewals for his or her unscripted collection’ “The Bachelor,” “American Idol,” “Shark Tank,” “Celeb Wheel of Fortune,” and “America’s Funniest Residence Movies,” the latter of which will probably be heading into its thirty-third (!) season. The “Shark Tank” renewal additionally got here with the announcement that the premiere of season 14 will present hopeful entrepreneurs as they try to dazzle the Sharks stay.
ABC and the magic of Disney
As competing networks proceed to slash their programming schedules to pieces, ABC has continued to thrive. It is onerous to not see their success as an indication of their mother or father firm, Walt Disney Tv. Following their community premieres, ABC exhibits transfer over to Hulu for cord-cutters to take pleasure in, and so they’ve made an enormous transfer by transferring “Dancing With the Stars” over to Disney+ for the present’s thirty-second season.
In what’s arguably ABC’s greatest new present, “Abbott Elementary” was given a welcome renewal discover for a second season, and an enormous a part of the present’s success got here from new viewers catching the re-releases on Hulu. Because the streaming wars wage on, it looks like the Disney empire is on a lock for achievement, whereas exhibits that play on community TV solely to pivot towards Peacock, Paramount+, and even Netflix are all beginning to scramble for survival.