Three of ABC’s primetime dramas won’t make it to the 2023-24 schedule. On Friday, the Alphabet network canceled Big Sky, Alaska Daily and The Company You Keep.
Bucking this week’s cancellation trend, ABC on Friday renewed all five of its remaining scripted bubble shows. For those keeping track at home, that includes dramas Big Sky (for Season 3) and A Million Little Things (for Season 5), as well as comedies The Conners (for Season 5), Home Economics (for Season 3) and The Wonder Years (for Season 2).
In addition, series executive producer Elwood Reid will take over as showrunner for Season 2. His past credits include The Chi, The Bridge, Hawaii Five-O and Barkskins. He takes over running the show from series creator and executive producer David E. Kelley. Season 1 is still currently airing, with the finale set for May 18.
After ABC’s Big Sky drew Native American censure for overlooking an epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and girls, its producers set about making changes. But the first, hurried steps were called “bumpy” and insulting by Native leaders.
ABC has made its first back-order pickup of the 2020 season, giving David E. Kelley drama Big Sky an additional six episodes. The crime thriller, which was the network’s first new scripted series of the season to launch, has performed well since its debut on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
David E. Kelley’s new ABC drama posts the biggest total viewer gain of the season so far.
Native American tribes and coalitions are condemning Big Sky, a Montana-set ABC drama produced by David E. Kelley, for ignoring the history of violence inflicted on Indigenous women and instead making Whites the crime victims.