Brace yourself for some predictable TV renewals! After NBC cleaned house earlier in the day and CBS made its long-predicted moves, ABC is now up to bat, and we start with a trio of renewals that in one way or another were long expected.
The only news that could somewhat be constituted a surprise here is the renewal of “Nashville,” which is on the low end of the shows the network is bringing back in the 18-49 demographic. However, it has something else going for it: Critics love Connie Britton, so much so that with Disney’s recent acquisition of LucasFilm, they would have Jedi mind-tricked the company into keeping the show. You really just make the same argument here that you made with CBS and “The Good Wife,” that it is somewhere within fine print that every network wants at least one show, regardless of ratings, that they want to keep for an Emmy nomination or two.
Now, we turn to the “oh, really” sort of renewals, meaning the ones you predicted about coming back eight months ago. “Scandal” season 3 is official after an incredible year ratings-wise, as is season 10 of “Grey’s Anatomy” (as all of the major stars already have deals). Also, “Castle” has been officially renewed for a sixth season and possibly more, given an earlier story that ABC was considering making the move to give Nathan Fillion and company two seasons to get on with their crime-solving bad selves.
Given that the upcoming “Grey’s Anatomy” finale is about a terrible storm, it only seems appropriate that today is summed up in the same way. We’ve been rummaging through the fog to find out what is coming back and what is being sent down the sewers, and there have been some surprises: “Community” will return, whereas “CSI: NY” and “Go On” will not. The biggest surprise to us probably remains the renewal of “The Carrie Diaries,” which we thought had about a 5% chance of further messing up the “Sex and the City” franchise.
Oh, and be sure to watch the promo here for Thursday night’s “Grey’s Anatomy” finale. There will be drama!