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ABC announces its 2012-13 schedule on Tuesday, but it renewed a boatload of its series today.

If there’s any slight surprise, it’s “Revenge,” which premiered last fall with a 3.3 in adults 18-49 but drifted as low as 2.1 during recent weeks before bouncing back to 2.2 this week.

Renewed today:
Modern Family
Once Upon A Time
Grey’s Anatomy
Dancing With The Stars
The Bachelor
The Middle
Shark Tank

Still on the bubble:
Body of Proof
Don’t Trust The Bitch
Good Christian Bitches
Happy Endings
Last Man Standing
Private Practice
The River

Not returning:
Chalie’s Angels
Cougar Town (headed to TBS)
Desperate Housewives
Man Up
Pan Am
Work It!

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  • May 10, 2012, 11:30 p.m. CST

    No word on Happy Endings yet?

    by No time for Haters

  • May 10, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Ya - What about Happy Endings???

    by BraveStarr

  • May 10, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Looking at this list ...

    by Toe Jam

    I don't see a single show I watch. I still have the entire run of "The River" queued up on Hulu, but probably will never get around to watching it. I think "Lost" might be the only ABC show I regularly watched in the last 10 years. Cable/premium channels and CBS (another network which has no shows I watch) seem to be the only ones with viewers any more.

  • May 10, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    The River was great

    by Titus05

    wasn't expecting it to be as good as it's a fun show

  • May 11, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST

    The Middle is so good it was renewed twice!

    by SifoDyasJr

    It's actually a very funny show and completely underrated. Don't Trust the B has also been very funny.

  • May 11, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST

    I thought Happy endings was doing well

    by krabklaw

  • May 11, 2012, 12:30 a.m. CST

    I love Nathan Fillion but

    by CherryValance

    I really wish Castle didn't make it. I'd rather see him in something else, like I dunno, a movie. I "watched" this whole season on my actual television set. However, I had completely missed plot points that were important for the finale because I was either so bored with the Sam and Diane crap that I tuned all the unfunny stuff out and it didn't register in the first place. Or it didn't leave enough of an impression to carry over from week to week. I think it's probably both. I think I liked it better when it was more episodic. And then there is Missing which I stopped paying attention to. I kept waiting for Sean Bean to show up and he was barely in the first couple episodes, because in this he dies before the show even starts, and was just in flashbacks. So I didn't bother making it home on time for the next one, which he was totally on which pissed me off. Then I was pissed off immediately because Ashley "the boss of you" Judd kept tweeting for the east coast not to tweet spoilers. Honestly, if I didn't watch TV while tweeting I wouldn't watch it at all. Reading what everyone is live tweeting is half the fun. So I was mostly not paying attention due to pissedoffness and then he started being in more and more flashbacks. But now suddenly tonight there was a good episode that I accidentally made it home for and I'm gonna tell you why but it actually is a super spoiler so don't read the next sentence if you haven't caught up and intend to one day. Ready? Okay. Warned you. He wasn't dead in the first place. So Sean Bean was in this episode in a proper fashion and because of that it was actually a good one. Now that it's halfway dead that kinda makes me laugh. Anyway, he's got those movies coming up so I'm not worried about seeing him. But yeah, TV sucks with hogging up men I'd rather see on the big screen. p.s. I totally forgot about The River. OMG. That shit's still on? It was so laughably right away. I'm not even gonna ask what happened on it. But I made it through I think the first three episodes. That's all I could manage for Thomas Kretschmann. And I couldn't tolerate Kerri Washington even for Desmond. lol p.p.s. Jeremy Sisto looks younger than the chick playing his daughter on Suburgatory. Creepy.

  • May 11, 2012, 12:38 a.m. CST

    don't watch any ABC, since lost

    by rakesh patel

    they don't particular like the shows with the word bitch it seems either.

  • May 11, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    The networks are desperate not to cancel series because

    by kabong

    they know the replacement crap will be just as bad. <p> Cancel "Private Practice" . . . and replace it with another series about a female physician struggling with issues in her professional and personal . . . ah goo goo gah gah . . .

  • May 11, 2012, 1 a.m. CST

    Happy Endings, i couldn't be bothered watching any more

    by Charlie

    I enjoyed the show, but somewhere this season I just couldn't be bothered watching it. Like that New Girl show. It was fine, but I just got to a point where I just couldn't be bothered watching it. Happy Endings is better though. Maybe at some point during the summer i'll check it out again.

  • May 11, 2012, 1:39 a.m. CST

    the last 3 episodes of The River were cool

    by Titus05

    it's never going to be confused with Game of Thrones but it's fun and enjoyable for what it by the end they pretty much wrapped up the main story and it's a tight 8 episodes...they pretty much knew this was going to be a mid season filler show which told a self contained story with no hope of renewal (much like Harper's Island was)

  • May 11, 2012, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Anyone know what happened to AKA Jessica Jones?

    by JayStrang

    Last word I saw on it was last fall. I'd think with the success of The Avengers, ABC would be jumping on it.

  • May 11, 2012, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Revenge is great

    by thelordofhell

    Emily VanCamp is a beautiful angel

  • May 11, 2012, 2:34 a.m. CST

    I totally forgot about Shark Tank once they moved it to Fridays.

    by Shermdawg

    I kinda miss it.

  • May 11, 2012, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Emily VanCamp

    by Extr3m1st

    Agreed on her hotness. Every time I see that chick I say to myself..what a gorgeous woman. And then I masturbate furiously..

  • Solid fanbase and decent ratings, plus critics like both. Besides, I've seen the pilots on the block for next season, and they all look like shit. ABC is going to renew as many shows as possible.

  • May 11, 2012, 3:24 a.m. CST

    RE: shermdawg

    by Incomplete Gamer

    You should catch up on Shark Tank, the episodes are loads of fun. They brought in a new (more attractive) woman and even film it in HD now. Plus, there was a guy on there recently selling a machine that literally turns the ocean's water into GOLD. I kid you not.

  • May 11, 2012, 5:51 a.m. CST

    @ cherry valance, please die....

    by brechtsky

    "if I didn't twitter while I watch tv, I wouldnt watch tv at all..." ... congrats, you fail at life (and tv/film criticism).....

  • May 11, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST

    happy endings should be a no-brainer for renewal

    by brechtsky

    Highest rated comedy they have besides modern fam, and definitely the most popular among young people.... Personally I'd like to see the river get renewed... Yeah I don't like the Oren peli found footage thing (the man is a joke at this point, will he ever release a film or show that doesn't rely on the same stupid, extremely overused gimmick)... But I enjoyed a few of the episodes quite a bit, and there is definitely nothing else on tv like it... I like mystery and horror, and I'd take it over another procedural with some small stupid twist... I can't believe they renewed once upon a time, ratings sinking like a stone, horrible, horrible stories, and it's renewed....

  • May 11, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST


    by ahdvd

    You moan about Castle, one of the best shows around at the moment, saying you couldn't follow plot points throughout the season, and then immediately after go on about tweeting DURING a show, ever wonder if the two are connected?! Put down the phone, ipad, or whatever you are using to tweet and PAY ATTENTION, you abolute moron. You have no excuse not to moan and we have EVERY excuse to moan at you.

  • May 11, 2012, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Pan Am was a nice distraction

    by glue

    It wasn't a lawyer, cop or doctor show.

  • May 11, 2012, 7 a.m. CST

    Bitch is milquetoast, Happy Endings is better

    by Darth_Nader

    If they have both on the bubble I'd rather see happy Endings come back. It's figuring itself out quicker than Bitch is.

  • May 11, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    I love "The Bitch"

    by cookylamoo

    Best new sitcom in ages. Can't believe the hot girl loving, 20 something, gen Y slacker AICN posters aren't into this.

  • May 11, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    It ms like most people can't write for network tv anymore

    by Cobb05

    Cable series are far superior. Most network shows don't have solid ideas for a show. Pilots seem more like they were a screenplay, turned into a series. So they have nowhere to go after a season or two. Touch is an ok show, but it's the same thing every week without any real advancement with the central story. That happens with a lot of shows and it's why people start to lose interest. Even good shows end up being mishandled and fizzled out because no one knows what to do with them. As for sitcoms, I feel that, just like with movies, comedy writers are getting lazy. Shows like Happy Endings and New Girl have too much improv that for me hurts a show. Just like with Apatow movies, too much improv starts to feel fake. I think in moderation, improv can enhance comedy. But when they rely on it too much, it feels lazy. People saying random things gets old fast. Happy Endings and New Girl are about a bunch of stupid people, making stupid mistakes. Without someone a little sane to ground the show, it comes off too stupid. Maybe the networks are to blame. I mean, they ok the shows. I'm not saying shows need to be edgy, but networks should really take a chance on more original shows. As long as they aren't costing a fortune to make, it's worth the risk. I mean how many shows make it a full year anyway? Why not take the risk?

  • May 11, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST


    by Cobb05

  • May 11, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    stupid auto correct

    by Cobb05

    Excuse any weird words.

  • May 11, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST


    by The Pelti

    I'm kind of with you on Castle. I think they belaboured the moonlighting thing a bit too much this season. The worst thing is, as the character of Castle has matured, it just seems like Fillion is scowling his way through half the show. It's like a regression for him, he doesn't seem to be having nearly as much fun, and can't stretch his legs that much, last night's big scenes notwithstanding. I think maybe Stana Katic has stolen his mojo, watching her learn how to act over the first two seasons was almost painful. It's still one of the better shows on network TV, but that's damning it with faint praise, so much of cable, premium, and bbc/cbc programming is blowing the networks away. Full season 8-14 episode commitments are the way to go, the 5 episode probation, 22 episode season network model is in a death spiral.

  • May 11, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    So weird that Emily VanCamp is a sex symbol/star now

    by Canuck815

    I'm from her hometown in Canada and see her around sometimes. Nice girl.

  • May 11, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    The ABC stuff I watch is Last Man and Shark Tank


    Last Man Standing reminds me of my situation, being stuck in a house with two girls and my wife. And Shark Tank is just kinda...neat. There's been some cool exchanges on there, and of course, some flat out stupid shit.

  • May 11, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    The gotta renew Last Man Standing.

    by bigbaldpapa

    That and The Middle is pretty much the only things I watch on that network anymore.

  • May 11, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I'd like to see Happy Endings return, too.

    by tonagan

    I'm also enjoying Suburgatory, so that's good. I'd rather The River just end where it did. Unless they do something completely different, it'll just be "the crew encounters blah blah blah" every week, which got tedious at eight episodes.

  • May 11, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    The show is called "GCB"

    by Bruno

    Yeah it's based on a book called "Good Christian Bitches" but the show is "GCB" short for "Good Christian Belles". Also "Desperate Housewives" is not returning because it is the final season. Not because it was cancelled. "Private Practice" has a good shot because it's ratings are better in it's new timeslot. "Happy Endings" isn't as funny as everyone says. The way everyone speaks on the show is not natural. They sound like writers trying to be quirky. "Don't Trust The B-" could work if they change her roommate each season. ABC will never find another "Lost" because it is basically "Lifetime" on broadcast TV. "Revenge" is underrated. It's like Dynasty and Damages had an unprotected 3 way with Lost.

  • May 11, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Happy to see Once Upon A Time renewed

    by jim

    Also liking Grimm, but of the two fairy tale shows, OUAT is the one I like best. Happy that Suburgatory & Revenge will be back. Hopefully Happy Endings will join them (I didn't think the second season was as funny as the first, but I did find the second half of season 2 better than the first half). The only other bubble show I'm rooting for is Don't Trust the Bitch in Apt 23. It makes me laugh, which is really what I want from a comedy. I hope Citytv sticks with Cougar Town as I have no idea what channel TBS is or if I get it. I liked Pan Am. Didn't expect it to last so I enjoyed it while I could.

  • May 11, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    As long as Modern Family is back I'm good

    by coosawatchie

    That and Shark Tank are all I watch on ABC. Not to beat a dead horse, but I hope the networks can up their game just a little.

  • May 11, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Kill Happy Endings -- Bring Coach back to The New Girl

    by jimbojones123

  • May 11, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by Doggus47

    I really like Revenge, but where are they gonna end it? After Amanda marries into the family and 20 years later puts them in a subpar nursing home?

  • May 11, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Wayans is great, but happy endings is better than new girl... IMO

    by brechtsky

    New girl really suffered for not having himin my opinion, the new guy literally is not funny.... That being said I find happy endings much more enjoyable than new girl... Also I'm not sure how much improv happy endings has, in new girl its practically a slap in the face, but I don't get that vibe from happy endings at all... Too much clever wordplay and double entendres to be improv, at least for the most part.... Meanwhile about half of everything Schmidt does is clearly improvised....

  • May 11, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    New Girl would be great...

    by Mitch

    Without the girl. She is the least entertaining person in that show (well, tied with winston/coach) imo. She has her moments but schmidt and nick make it appointment tv. NG and MoFam are the only shows that make me laugh out loud. Pan Am had potential, but they should have held off on the CIA spy stuff for later or season two.

  • May 11, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Revenge is a guilty pleasure for me

    by Turd Furgeson

    Totally fun to watch, but it did get REALLY tired 3/4 way through the season.. They need to switch it up a little, get away from the Hamptons more. Needs more characters too. It is a ton of fun.

  • May 11, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST


    by The Garbage Man

    I believe Herc insists on calling it "Good Christian Bitches" because that was the original title until ABC bowed to pressure to change it. Pretty sure it's only Desperate Housewives' final season because it was cancelled due to plummeting ratings. Completely agree about Happy Endings. I want to like it because the actors seems talented and game, but every character is written as though they're in the middle of a full-blown manic episode and they lost their meds. It's exhausting.

  • May 11, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    brechtsky and ahdvd

    by CherryValance

    Why do you care so much about whether I like Castle or not? Does your mommy work on the show? Or is it that you don't have mommies and just were accidents in the lab? And I fail at TV criticism? LOL I wasn't fucking trying. I'm a person who barely watches the shit they put on TV and gave my opinion. I thought that was clear. I didn't pay attention because TV no longer holds my attention. That was the whole point. I'd rather see these actors in something decent than on this shit. Castle very well may be one of the best shows on TV. But that would be extremely fucking sad. There was an episode don't ask me which one because, as I admitted, I couldn't pay attention to this crap, where someone said something was like a bad episode of Miami Vice. And Castle immediately said "Firstly, there are no bad episodes of Miami Vice" which I was thinking as he said it. But it also reminded me of what a mediocre show I was watching and how all these shows are pretty damn mediocre. And they all kinda look the same. Missing looks like Person of Interest and in the final of Castle, Beckett fought a bad guy and it could have been a scene from any of these shows. Castle used to be different. It was just a harmless new rip off of Murder, She Wrote. Now it's just another crime-y let's kick people and have a conspiracy and we can film actors in dank and poorly lit locations show. And if all else fails, tint it fucking green. Jesus Christ. Let me guess, you guys weren't alive for Miami Vice or Murder, She Wrote right? @the pelti That's my point about Fillion. I don't think he's enjoying it. I think he's glad to have a success but it's not "him". He's a geek. It's not a geek show. He spent more time tweeting about Game of Thrones than Castle this season. And if you saw him on Fallon he said his favorite episode this season was the one with Adam Baldwin. I wonder why. I'm happy for him that he's got the work and is getting paid. But I'll be happy to see him in the movies he's got coming up and hopefully more of them. I thought he did a great turn in TRUCKER a few years back so I know he's capable of much more than walking in sync with his co-workers while holding a coffee cup.

  • May 11, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST


    by Truxton Spangler

    I think it's good he stayed put on Endings. The guy who replaced him on New Girl works for that show, as one of the more subdued characters, and they key to it is that they work as an ensemble. Wayans might have been too much for NG, but works with the cast on Endings.