Today, the network has opted to give Mixed-ish a full 22-episode season alongside the established Black-ish, whereas The Rookie will have 20 episodes and Stumptown will have a full season — the specific episode order there is still underway.
In a statement confirming this news, here is what ABC programming head Karey Burke had to say on the subject:
“This fall, Stumptown has delivered a rich, inventive and fun thrill ride each week with a stellar cast that features one of the most fearless female characters at the center; mixed-ish has established itself as one of the sharpest, funniest and most original new comedies of the season; and The Rookie has continued to bring compelling storytelling and powerful performances to its passionate and loyal fan base. Thanks to the brilliant creative teams behind these series, along with the phenomenal casts and crews, for delivering three incredibly entertaining and distinctive shows. We’re so proud of this great crop of shows that are all off to strong starts this fall, and we can’t wait to bring more fantastic episodes to our schedule this season.”
So why did The Rookie, a show in its second season, fail to get a full-order order from the get-go? It’s an unusual move, and we feel like it had to mostly with only so-so season 1 ratings and a move to Sunday nights — the 10:00 p.m. timeslot has shown to be horrible for a lot of other ABC shows over the years. Yet, The Rookie is at least faring okay.
Meanwhile, Stumptown has excelled when it comes to DVR viewing, making it one of the bigger success stories of the fall when it comes to that alone. Obviously, a network would rather have viewers watching their shows live, but it’s better to have some viewers than none at all.
For those wondering about the status of fellow new drama Emergence, note that it was never meant to be anything more than a 13-episode series given its mystery and serialized nature. There is a chance still for more episodes, but nothing is confirmed at this very moment.
What do you think about this news for The Rookie, Stumptown, and Mixed-ish?
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