ABC Renews Scandal, Cancels GCB, Adds Nine New Shows

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As announced by Shonda Rhimes herself on Twitter just a short while ago, with just one episode remaining in its first season, Scandal has been picked up for a season number-two.

The uber producer/creator added that she’s “still waiting to hear” about the fate of Private Practice, but it's expected to return for a concluding 13 episodes.

Scandal Cast Pic

ABC, meanwhile, has also given the green light to nine pilots, including one starring all-time TV Fanatic favorite, Connie Britton. The shows that will be included on the 2012-2013 schedule are:

Nashville: A country music-themed soap starring Britton as an industry veteran and Hayden Panettiere as a newcomer.

Zero Hour: Stars Anthony Edwards as a man at the center of a conspiracy after his wife is kidnapped.

Red Widow: Based on the widow (Radha Mitchell) of an assassinated criminal who takes over her late husband’s role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family.

Family Tools (previously known as Red Van Man): Revolves around a man (Kyle Bornheimer) who reluctantly takes over the family handyman business from his father (J.K. Simmons).

Neighbors: Lenny Venito, Jami Gertz, Isabella Camp, Clara Mamet, Max Charles all move into a coveted New Jersey gated community and learn the neighborhood is comprised of, well, aliens disguised as humans.

How to Live With Your Parents: Multi-camera sitcom that stars Sarah Chalke as Polly, s divorced single mom who moves back in with her eccentric parents played by Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett.

666 Park Avenue: Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor star as a couple who agrees to manage New York City apartment complex owned by characters played by Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams. A SUPERNATURAL apartment complex, that is.

Last Resort: The crew of U.S. nuclear submarine establishes its very own nation. From Shawn Ryan, cast includes Andre Braugher, Autumn Reeser, Scott Speedman, Dichen Lachman and Bruce Davison.

Malibu Country: A sitcom led by Reba McEntire and focusing on a recent divorcée who moves her kids and mother (Lily Tomlin) from Nashville to Malibu.

UPDATE: ABC has just announced it has also canceled GCB, Missing, The River and Pan Am.

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Canceling Missing! What a mistake. There are too many crap reality shows on TV, we need some good drama like Missing.


I can't belive they are canceling missing it's a great show with great charactors.You have nothing else I even care to watch ,put a little drama or even good tv to watch and I would probably watch your station. Missing is the only show I care to watch on this network to bad so sad.


It seems that Pan Am might be picked up by Amazon for a 2nd season :-D They are negotiating at the moment but I sure hope we can see the Pan Am crew on new adventures very soon !


How can you let a quality program like Missing be taken off the air when not one of your "Upcoming" shows sounds the least bit interesting. What is it about you people who make bad decisions, was there just too much quality in Missing??? It deserves better from you and we deserve better from you too!


Missing is the best dramma on tv. The fact that abc is canceling it blows my mind change the night but dont let this show go. no show beats idol face it but nothing compares to missing. Keep missing change the night!!!!


ABC please consider not cancelling Missing. It is the best show on cable T.V., providing exceptional entertainment, beautiful scenery and great acting. Every character on the show is perfectly cast, and you should consider yourself lucky to have gotten Ashley Judd, you should definitely not get rid of the best show in your line-up. Please, please, please reconsider the cancellation of Missing.


PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE do not cancel "Mssing" it was FANTASTIC!, with really GREAT acting and cast. It deserves another season, especially with that cliffhanger at the end. It was the first good show on Thursday's lineup.


can not believe ABC has cancelled the series Missing Ashley Judd is a great actress and a great cast - happy happy that they renewed Scandal for another season - happy they cancelled GBC


I'm so disappointed in ABC's decision to cancel one of the best shows in years on a major network. "MISSING". Now I know why I watch more series on HBO and Showtime. The acting, scenery, plot twists and the fast pace is what kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. ABC you have made a bad choice, please reconsider. So many really loved the show, give it another season. Maybe one of cable stations can pick it up. They don't axe great shows like the networks. So disappointed!!!!!!


I, like many others am very disappointed about ABC's decision not to renew Missing. It is extremely well acted, the European countries displayed are exciting and the plot is fast moving, slick and absolutely excellent. Please bring it back!!

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