ABC renews four comedies and drops two

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The Connors

The renewal was forecast after Deadline revealed that the four principal cast members of the Roseanne spinoff — Sara Gilbert (who also serves as an executive producer), John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Lecy Goranson — closed new contracts to return for another season.

The Conners, shepherded by executive producer/showrunner Bruce Helford, is ABC’s No. 1 comedy this season in total viewers (4.7 million) and adults 18-49 (0.9/6).


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The Goldbergs

The Goldbergs has been renewed for a ninth season. The comedy chronicles creator Adam F. Goldberg’s chaotic but loving family as he grew up in the Reagan era.

The ’80s-set series stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, Sam Lerner and Jeff Garlin.

The Goldbergs suffered a huge loss when its Oscar-nominated co-star, George Segal, died before the end of Season 8. Segal died on March 23 at the age of 87. He was a series regular for eight years, playing Albert “Pops” Solomon, Beverly’s (McLendon-Covey) laid-back widower father.

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Home Economics

Having attained strong ratings, ABC has ordered a second season of the Topher Grace-fronted comedy series from Lionsgate and ABC Signature.

Inspired by the real-life experiences of writer and executive producer Michael Colton, the show, developed by Colton and John Aboud, documents the uncomfortable yet heartwarming relationships of three siblings in very different places on the socio-economic scale.

Caitlin McGee, Jimmy Tatro, Karla Souza, and Sasheer Zamata, Shiloh Bearman, Jordyn Curet, Chloe Jo Rountree and JeCobi Swain also star.


Black-ish has been renewed for an eighth and final season .Creator executive producer Kenya Barris announced the news Friday morning on social media. He said, “This show has changed my life in so many ways and I am so proud of the conversations we’ve started along the way.”

Ratings for the current series 7 had begun to dwindle so the writing was on the wall that the show might be reaching the end of the road.

Call Your Mother has not been so fortunate, having not been renewed for a second series and Adopted has, ironically, not been. 


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