ABC renews at least 12 shows, including 'Castle,' 'Revenge,' 'Dancing'
ABC has renewed at least 12 shows for next season, including fan favorite "Castle," newcomers "Revenge" and "Once Upon A Time," multiple Emmy winner "Modern Family" and reality series "Dancing With The Stars" and "The Bachelor."
The network has not made an official announcement but the news was published on official Twitter and Facebook pages for the shows and cast members have been posting messages of excitement.
Nathan Fillion, star of "Castle," Tweeted: "The pick up is official. Castle. Season 5. Cheers."
His co-star, Stana Katic, re-Tweeted Fillion's announcement on May 11.
"Season 2 pick up For #REVENGE ! Couldn't be happier. Thanks ABC :)," Emily VanCamp, star of "Revenge," Tweeted on Friday, May 11.
The primetime drama debuted last fall. VanCamp plays Emily Thorne, a young woman whose goal is to exact revenge on those that destroyed her family.
"Once Upon a Time" also premiered last year and sees Jennifer Morrison play the long-lost adult daughter of Snow White, who is portrayed by Ginnifer Goodwin. She and other fairy tale characters are unknowingly trapped in the modern world, thanks to a curse by the Evil Queen, who has adopted Morrison's character's son.
"It's official! In the words of @AlohaMinty "No surprises there, but here's to TWICE upon a time!" #OnceAUponTime is renewed for season 2!" Goodwin Tweeted.
The medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" will return for season 9. The comedy series "Suburgatory," which stars Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy, has been renewed for a second season, while the sitcom "The Middle," which stars Patricia Heaton, will be entering its fourth. Another scripted comedy show, "Happy Endings" was renewed for season 3.
The comedy series "Modern Family," which has won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series twice since it premiered in 2009, will get a fourth season.
The ballroom competition series "Dancing With The Stars" will get a 15th season. It is currently approaching its 14th season finale and is down to four celebrity contestants - TV host Maria Menounos, NFL star Donald Driver, classical singer Katherine Jenkins and telenovella star William Levy.
ABC's hit dating series "The Bachelor" will receive a 17th season. The future of its spin-off show, "The Bachelorette," has not yet been revealed. That show begins its eighth season with star Emily Maynard, who won "The Bachelor" and latest split with its male star, on May 14.
The reality show "Shark Tank" will return for a fourth season and will receive 22 episodes - about double than in previous years. The show sees entrepeneurs pitching offers to a panel of wealthy investors in a bid to secure investments.
ABC's hit family series "America's Funniest Home Videos" has been approved to return for season 23. Host Tom Bergeron, who also co-hosts "Dancing With The Stars," confirmed the news on his Twitter page.
"Wife Swap" and its celebrity spin-off will also return to ABC. The previous season featured the likes of Gary Busey, Carnie Wilson and Tracy Gold.
It was announced on May 10 that ABC's scripted comedy "Cougar Town" would be making a new home on TBS.
UPDATE at 3:50 p.m. PT: "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes announced on her Twitter page that her new ABC show, "Scandal," has been renewed for season 2, adding that she is "doing a little dance of joy."
UPDATE at 6 p.m. PT: "Don't Trust The B----," a new series starring Krysten Ritter and "Dawson's Creek" alum James Van Der Beek, has also been renewed for season 2, while the drama "Body of Proof," which stars Dana Delany, will get a third season.