A quintet of scripted ABC series can breathe long-awaited sighs of relief. The Alphabet Net on Friday handed renewals to The Rookie, A Million Little Things and comedy trio The Conners, The Goldbergs and Home Economics.
After six years at the helm, The Goldbergs creator/executive producer Adam F. Goldberg is stepping down as showrunner of the ABC comedy series, which is heading into Season 7. The Goldbergs veterans Chris Bishop and Alex Barnow, who have been with the series since its premiere, have been named showrunners of the series produced by Sony Pictures TV, where both are under deals.
Remember that 1990s-set spinoff from The Goldbergs that ABC ordered to pilot last year? The network totally said Monday that the pilot, which was not picked up to series, will air at 8 p.m. on Jan. 24 as a regular episode of the fifth-year comedy.
ABC is extending its episode orders for six of its comedies. The Middle, American Housewife, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Speechless and Black-ish have all been given marching orders for additional episodes.
The cash-and-barter deal calls for The Goldbergs to be cleared on Tribune stations in 18 markets covering 37% of U.S. TV households, beginning in fall 2017.
The Middle, The Goldbergs, Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat have each received an order for two additional episodes, bringing each of them to 24 for this season.
ABC wants full seasons from the two sitcoms and asks for four more episodes for Super Fun Night.
ABC is expressing confidence in its Tuesday-evening comedy lineup, ordering three additional scripts for the comedies.
ABC is streaming pilots for its three new fall comedies — The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife and Back in the Game — for free via WatchABC.com, the Watch ABC mobile app and Hulu three weeks ahead of their premieres.