According to a new report coming your way via Deadline, the network has officially handled over two more episodes to black-ish, while new comedies Single Parents and The Kids Are Alright are going to be getting one more. The same goes for long-running series The Goldbergs.
What’s the reason for the extra episodes? This mostly is just a symptom of the series all faring well in the ratings and the network’s schedules working out in a way that makes them want more of all of these shows. We understand that, since ABC has carved out a rather-nice hole in the market when it comes to single-camera family comedies. While CBS operates more through the lens of traditional sitcoms, ABC has found a way to make things work with their own unique brand of show that feels somewhat modern and traditional.
Plus, with Single Parents we have quite possibly the most underrated comedy on the schedule this year.
Are these extra episodes a welcome sign that there are going to be more from these shows coming down the line beyond this year? In most cases, we’re really optimistic here. The only one that we are a little on the fence about right now, at least in terms of its renewal odds, is The Kids Are Alright. It’s benefited heavily from it airing after The Conners on Tuesday nights, and we are curious to see how it fares once that show is off. We think that this is going to be the real test more so than anything of what its true long-term longevity is.
Hopefully, we’ll get some firm decisions on all of these shows until May; the renewal landscape over at ABC could be a little bit trickier than usual this year, mostly due to the fact that there is a new programming head over there in Karey Burke. She may take a little bit of time before figuring out what she wants some of her decisions to be on given programs. Sometimes, that is precisely what happens when a new regime takes over.
Rest assured, we will have for some more news on all of these shows the moment that some starts to be made clear.
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