ABC renewal news: ‘Castle,’ ‘Once Upon a Time,’ and more coming back

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Big news!

If you love ABC, then stay tuned — we have some big news about some shows that are going to be coming back for additional seasons. This news was first reported by TVLine, and while it has not been confirmed, most of this comes as little of a surprise.

As we’ve done with past renewal news, we are going to sort the shows out via our reaction to the news.

No surprise

“Modern Family” – It’s the most-popular comedy on cable this spring, and it’s as close to a slam dunk as you can get with the critics. Pending a catastrophe, this “Family” is not going anywhere for a long time.

“Once Upon a Time” – As the top-rated new drama of the year, “Once” also has a devoted fanbase. While it may not be “Lost,” it’s the closest thing ABC has had since their landmark sci-fi series closed its doors.

“Grey’s Anatomy” – We’re still not sure whether or not Ellen Pompeo or Patrick Dempsey will be back for a ninth season, but this is a no-brainer.

Close to a given

“Revenge” – It’s a great serialized show, and we saw it being renews mostly due to the buzz that surrounds it. It’s ratings are good, but not necessarily great.

“Castle” – The show fares well after “Dancing with the Stars,” but the question mark here comes courtesy of its performance when the ballroom show is not around.

“The Middle” – The show is getting close to syndication, and this in alone was really enough to convince ABC to jump.

“Suburgatory” – No one is talking about this underrated show, and even though its ratings have not been spectacular, they are solid enough to justify being back for another season.

A slight surprise — at least at the moment

“Happy Endings” – We’re not saying that the show should be canceled (as it is worthy of another season), but it routinely loses half of its “Modern Family” lead-in that no one seems able to capitalize on at the moment.

“Last Man Standing” – In some ways, this is ABC’s biggest hit in its Tuesday-at-8 timeslot in years. The problem? For its last new episode, it drew a season low 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

Left off of this announcement are such shows as “Cougar Town” (which seems likely to be canceled at this moment), “Private Practice” (which we still do see getting at least a final season), “GCB,” and “Missing” — which simply haven’t aired enough episodes to seal their fate just yet.

What show are you the happiest to see come back?

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