ABC renewed most of its comedies on Thursday night in a swift decision ahead of its upfronts announcement next week.
Among the sitcoms being renewed are the returning hits “Modern Family,” “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs,” as well as three freshman sitcoms “Black-ish,” “Fresh Off the Boat” and the very surprising renewal of the musical-comedy “Galavant.”
The network also cancelled its Friday night sitcom “Cristela.” The only other sitcom attached to the network is “Last Man Standing,” with the show’s fate still hanging in the balance after four seasons.
“Modern Family” will return in the fall for its seventh season as one of ABC’s most successful sitcoms of all-time. The show continues to be the network’s most watched sitcom.
“The Middle,” starring Patricia Heaton, will return next season for its seventh season, as well. The sitcom gives Heaton two highly successful comedies in her career, as she previously starred as Debra Barone on the CBS hit “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
“The Goldbergs,” starring Jeff Garlin and Wendi McClendon-Covey, will return for a third season with some believing it could actually supplant “The Middle” on the Wednesday night schedule prior to “Modern Family.”
The freshman “Black-ish,” starring Anthony Anderson, has been a huge hit for the network, particularly coming out of the “Modern Family” timeslot on Wednesday nights. “Black-ish” has been the most successful new sitcom on any network during the 2014-2015 network season.
“Fresh Off the Boat” continued on a theme ABC had going with family sitcoms revolving around minority families with “Black-ish” and “Cristela” and has thrived on Tuesday nights.
The biggest surprise of all of the renewals was, without a doubt, the musical-comedy “Galavant,” which finished its limited run season in the winter to less than stellar ratings. The renewal comes as a major shock as nearly all prognosticators had the series as a certain lock for cancellation.