ABC has decided to make things particularly interesting when it comes to their episode orders for many of their shows … and we can imagine there being plenty of exhausted cast and crew members in the process.
Today, the network made it official that many of their shows, including “The Goldbergs,” “Modern Family,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “black-ish,” and “The Middle,” are all getting orders of 24 episodes this season. We had already assumed that “Grey’s Anatomy” would run for this long (it typically does), but the news for all four parts of the comedy block is a little bit of a surprise. Then again, Wednesdays have become extremely solid for ABC in a way that they haven’t been in a while.
Also, it was finally confirmed that “Castle” season 7 will have 23 episodes, even though that was something that creator Andrew W. Marlowe seemed to be preparing for quite a long time ago.
The final announcement that we have is that “Resurrection” has been officially upped to 14 episodes. We feel like this show is better with smaller orders, but we also worry a little about if the declining ratings for season 2 is a big reason why the network is going a little bit conservative here. (Update: As it tuns out, ABC has cut this episode, after all.)
Overall, ABC probably has mixed feelings about their schedule right now. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are solid, while Mondays are starting to lose viewers and Tuesdays have become almost a disaster zone. Sunday has “Once Upon a Time” … but unfortunately not a whole lot else drawing consistent numbers at that timeslot for the time being.
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