March 03, 2016 9:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg , Kate Stanhope
ABC Renews 'Grey's,' 'Scandal,' 'Middle,' 'SHIELD,' 'Modern Family,' 10 More
Two weeks after being tapped as ABC entertainment president, Channing Dungey is doing something her predecessor, Paul Lee, never did: hand out early renewals. The former head of drama at ABC Studios on Thursday renewed several series — including multiple shows from outside studios.
The renewals mark Dungey's first official duties as head of the network and come after Lee historically waited until the Friday before upfronts in May to announce both returning shows as well as his new series pickups. Perhaps what's more interesting is that amid a landscape of more vertically aligned networks and studios, Dungey's early renewals include multiple series from outside studios including Sony Pictures Television (The Goldbergs), 20th Century Fox Television (Modern Family, Fresh Off the Boat) and Warner Bros. Television (The Middle).
“We’re very proud of our strong roster of performers, and we’re excited about what they will bring us creatively next season,” Dungey said in making the announcement.
Here's a look at what has officially been renewed for the 2016-17 broadcast season:
Grey's Anatomy, in its first full season without male lead Patrick Dempsey, has reinvented itself. In its 12th season, the Shonda Rhimes/Betsy Beers ABC Studios drama has become TGIT's best performing series — frequently topping Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. The renewal brings the medical drama starring Ellen Pompeo closer to ER's impressive 15-season run, which sources say is a goal for the Shondaland drama. Rhimes, for her part, continues to be ABC's most valued showrunner. In addition to Grey's, Scandal and Murder, Rhimes also produces midseason drama The Catch and has two pilots in the works — drama Still Star-Crossed and Scott Foley comedy Toast, the latter serving as the production company's first half-hour. Grey's will return for its 13th season.
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