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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GCB was such a breath of fresh air. I loved the humor with the bits of humility thrown in. I hope another network has the good sense to pick it up. That would make a lot of people I know happy. No more ABC for me.


CBS is making such a big mistake cancelling Missing. Its such an action packed, sensational show! We've looked forward to watching this showe every week. Please, please reconsider and put it back next season!! You could make a lot of your fans extremely happy!!!


I'm biting my finger nails watching the season finale of Missing. Such a great show...very unfortunate it's being cancelled. :(


Why are they cancelling such an excellent show as Missing?! The plot is killer. I love the action. The scenary is spectacular! The acting is super! Why?!!! This is an awesome show. Who made such a terrible mistake?! So wrong!! I am not watching anymore ABC shows.


Why are they cancelling such an excellent as Missing?! The plot is killer. I love the action. The scenary is spectacular! There


Why are they cancelling such an excellent as Missing?! The plot is killer. I love the acti


Everyone i know loves MISSING - Why would they cancel a show that is so well written and acted, and the scenery is beautiful. ABOUT 25 OF MY FRIENDS ARE VERY UPSET ABOUT THIS - WHO IN THE HELL MAKES THE DECISIONS. WE LOVE THIS SHOW. I DON'T KNOW ONE PERSON WHO DIDN'T LIKE IT. PLEASE RECONSIDER!!!!!!!


Glad to See that Scandal was picked up for a second season. This show has "Killer" potential. I hope they stay on the path to greatness and not deviate. Ratings and Time will tell. Sorry to see GCB get cancelled. This show had lots of potential, but it was quite evident early on that the writers were confused at which path to take for this show. The actors all did a stellar job. I am sure they will get picked up on other shows. Great Job to the Cast of GCB.


okay I will give ABC the benefit of the doubt, sorry for my previous comment, maybe it was simply IDOL was too competative and they were generous enough to let AJ promote the cause for at least some time. peace


Wonder why ABC stopped marketing the show missing...never saw an advertisement for it anymore...probably because the elite pulled the plug...

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