The entire TGIT lineup will return with new seasons in the 2017-18 season. ABC’s Channing Dungey is making her mark with some high-profile early renewals.
Shonda Rhimes-produced Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder have all been renewed for the 2017-18 broadcast season, the Disney-owned network announced Friday.
The early pickups — typically reserved for the most high-profile shows from important producers — will bring Grey’s into its 14th season, Scandal to its seventh and Murder to its fourth. The fate of fellow Rhimes-produced drama The Catch has not yet been announced as the series will not premiere until Murder ends its run this season.
The early pickups comes as Scandal’s return has helped solidify ABC’s Thursday night, which also marked the return of the network’s “TGIT” branding. Since Scandal’s return, the TGIT lineup has helped ABC win Thursday night for the past three weeks in the core adults 18-49 demographic. Scandal’s Jan. 26 return — which featured the show’s president-elect murdered as he was giving his acceptance speech — helped fuel ABC to season highs.
“Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder continue to keep viewers on the edge of their seats and wanting more. I’m thrilled to bring back these shows and the OMG moments that come with them,” Dungey said of the early pickups.
Grey’s, starring Ellen Pompeo,ranks as ABC’s No. 1 show among the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo, an impressive feat for a show in its 13th season. It’s also a top 10 series in the demo and the No. 3 drama on all of broadcast. Its midseason return on Jan. 26 marked its most-watched telecast since September 2014.
Scandal, starring Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn, was bumped to midseason to accommodate star Washington’s second pregnancy. Rhimes has noted that the series will likely feature a reduced episode order as the drama likely heads toward its endgame. The prolific producer has also noted that Scandal isn’t a show that will have the same longevity as a show like Grey’s given the rate in which it burns through plot. (Scandal scripts are 20 pages longer than the typical drama.) The series will mark its 100th episode this season and Dungey told THR in January that they’ve talked about an endgame. “It’s really going to be up to Shonda because she’s the person who really knows where she wants the story to go and where it will play out. I have always said that I will take as much Scandal as she will give me. We are in a universe where she’s comfortable with slightly shorter seasons but my plan is Scandal is back next year and after that, it’ll be a conversation that we’ll have to have.”
Murder, starring Viola Davis and from exec producer and Shondaland disciple Pete Nowalk, returned last month to a season high and its best performance in a year — driven largely by its Scandal lead-in.
Without Scandal at 9 p.m., ABC limped until its return in the slot after opening the season with freshman drama Notorious in the coveted post-Grey’s slot. The drama, which had its order reduced, is not expected to return.
All three shows are produced by Shondaland and exec producer Betsy Beers. They’re from ABC’s sibling studio, ABC Studios, where Rhimes and Beers’ Shondaland banner is under a lucrative overall deal. The company also has Still Star-Crossed (which will change its title) due later this season as well as a drama pilot in contention.
For ABC, these are the first drama renewals for the 2017-18 broadcast season. They join comedy The Middle, produced by Warner Bros. Television, as having scored early pickups. ABC also has at least one new show ordered straight to series for next season in Marvel’s The Inhumans, which will debut in Imax theaters over Labor Day before launching in September with expanded episodes on ABC.
Hey kids, I’m back! This fic also answers the intimacy prompt I got of “going to the doctor/therapy with someone.” After last episode I am so interested in Connor’s therapy sessions like whoa, hope we’ll get to see some.
“Still at it?” Oliver asked as he entered the living room
from the bedroom, clad in a fresh pressed suit and off to work.
“Uh huh, nothing’s happening though. This paper is going to kill
me,” Connor groaned, rubbing his face in frustration.
“It’ll come to you; when’s it due again?”
“Oh, you still have lots of time; try taking a break?”
Oliver suggested while he put the groceries away.
Connor shook his head, “I work best like this. I just have
to concentrate, I’ll be alright,” he said, turning back to his screen and
hovering his hands over the keys. Nothing was happening.
Oliver sighed, “Alright, well I’m off. Don’t work too hard,
see you later,” he said, stopping to plant a kiss on Connor’s cheek before
rushing out the door.
Connor let himself fall forward on the table and put his
face in his hands. He felt the weight of his stress on his shoulders, crushing
him and making his endeavor all the more difficult. Connor raised his head and
faced the screen once more, the page count mocking his lack of progress. This
wouldn’t be so terrible, except he’s been stuck on seven pages for the past
five hours. He looked to the ceiling, hating the way his eyes naturally
fluttered closed, feeling more drained than he’s felt in a while. He winced at
the pang that emerged in his stomach, begging him to eat. He couldn’t do that,
he had a paper to write. He huffed out a bitter laugh in the silence of the
living room, how was he supposed to write a paper if he couldn’t even find the
sense to feed himself. He hated midterm season more than any other time of the
year. Connor didn’t know who decided to make midterms the ultimate time of
suffering, but he wanted to find them and strangle them.
He didn’t think it would get his bad again. Connor thought
that if he kept himself busy he wouldn’t feel this way anymore. But there it
was again; the insatiable need to sleep and never get out of bed, the
hopelessness, the loss of interest, the sadness. Connor kicked himself every
time he would find himself wanting to cry while walking down the street for no
reason, or the heightened irritability, snapping at almost everyone he came in
contact with. That pulling feeling of just wanting to give up, but the stubbornness
in him not allowing it. He was at war with himself all the time.
October 2015 Inktober day 16.
(+coloured pencil this time)
Yumiru-sama. Ymir, how badass can you be… I totally love her. Always.
This whole inktober thing is very useful to me not just in a manner of general training, but it’s also an awesome opportunity to test out various ways to get good effects without much effort and with little time… you know, things useful when, well, I’ll be quiet now. Dun dun duuun…
tonight went from 0-100 so fast y'all me and my girlfriend got home, found a stray cat to play with (i cried honestly i was so happy), discovered a mouse in our living room, fed the cat while we had our own mini panic attacks about the mouse, then managed to catch and accidentally kill the mouse on our way to bed