Exclusive: ABC Prepping Early Renewals for Grey's, Castle, Revenge, Once and 5 Others

ABC is on the verge of issuing formal early renewals to nearly a dozen scripted series, including freshman hits Once Upon a Time and Revenge and established players Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy.

Although an ABC rep declined to comment, TVLine has learned that the network’s prelim pickup list also includes Castle, Suburgatory, Last Man Standing, Happy Endings, The Middle.

Cougar Town and Private Practice, meanwhile, remain question marks. Ditto midseason entries GCB and Missing. (The fate of Private Practice, ironically, likely hinges on the ratings performance of another Shonda Rhimes drama, the soon-to-debut Scandal.)

Considered long-shots for next fall are Body of Proof, Pan Am and (the possibly Netflix-bound) The River, although a final decision probably won’t come down on those fence-riders until the May upfronts. If cut loose, they would join the already-axed Charlie’s Angels, Man Up and Work It.

The Grey’s renewal comes as ABC continues to negotiate new deals with original castmembers Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Justin Chambers, Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson.

For the latest pickups/cancellations, bookmark TVLine’s 2012 Renewal Scorecard!

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  1. Brad Melges says:

    Body of Proof, Revenge and The Middle (along with the dearly departed Charlie’s Angels) are the shows I watch on ABC! Gotta have my weekly verbal jabs between Dana & Jeri – the words might be rough when they are hurled, but it is easy on the eyes.

  2. Zo says:

    Castle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOO! HAPPY NW!

  3. Olga says:

    Reveeeenge! <3 All I ever wanted tbh. STOKED.

  4. gavrielle says:

    It will not be a series without Bailey and Christina

  5. Dena says:

    Very happy about Revenge. I hope its true. I’d love to see this show on Thursdays after Grey’s. I think they would make a great line up. I don’t care for two medical shows back to back. If Practice and Scandal get picked up they’d make a great line up together on another night.

  6. Jen says:

    Castle!!! My favorite show on television right now! I’m on pins & needles waiting for Caskett to finally get together! And that entire cast is impeccable-LOVE the chemistry with everyone from Castle & Beckett to Ryan & Espo to Lanie & Espo/Beckett to Martha & Alexis & Castle. Simply superb. The writing is funny & fresh too, I can’t wait to see what they’ll cook up for S5!!

  7. Bibi Walsh says:

    Private Practice has had the best season ever. It has to be renewed!!! I bag you!!!

  8. Jen says:

    OH! And anyone who is a Nathan Fillion fan but doesn’t like him in Castle, this baffles & concerns me considering Nathan IS Castle & vice versa. Richard Castle exudes the humor, charm, wit & goofiness Nathan has in spades in real life, I don’t see how anyone can NOT adore him! *le sigh*

  9. Lex says:

    I will say that while I have enjoyed Addison’s character development on Private Practice, but prefer it when she works with the characters at Seattle Grace. So if Private Practice gets canceled, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send Kate Walsh back to Grey’s Anatomy.

  10. V.V. says:

    So HAPPY for Once upon a time!!!!!!!! Amazing show, emma is GREAT!!!!!

  11. Daw Johnson says:

    How exactly is the link between Scandal’s success and Private Practice’s renewal ironic?

    Two dramas, limited scheduling spaces. If one does well, the other might not make the cut. That’s not irony–that’s logic, Alanis.

  12. Liza says:

    Private practice had been awful this season..with stupids soap opera storylines that
    no one believes!

    Shonda you screw private practice this season

  13. matt says:

    I love Revenge & Grey’s. It would be nice to see GCB get another year.

  14. OERM says:

    I agree with all of you, PP needs another season at least, with 22 episodes.
    Shonda, this Addison’s journey is about give her a happy ending and a baby, it’s been 5 years and apparently we are closed to see that happen, but not so close.
    If ABC kill PP for Scandal, I will not watch anymore Grey’s Anatomy or any Shonda’s show.

  15. Linda says:

    There is a renewal campaign going on for Body of Proof! http://bodyofproof3campaign.wordpress.com/ #BodyofProof

  16. steve says:

    Once upon a time is the new Lost in my life

  17. Daniel says:

    I want:
    Once Upon A Time
    Happy Endings
    Modern Family
    The Middle
    Grey’s Anatomy

    Do Not Want:
    Cougar Town

    I wanted the first two episodes of The River and it wasn’t for me. They try too hard to be scary in my opinion.

    No Opinion:
    Private Practice (neutral)
    Missing (havent seen it yet)

  18. Daniel says:


  19. John says:

    Happy Endings! My fav!

  20. Chris says:

    Glad Castle and Last Man Standing are coming back. Some of the best shows on TV right now, in my opinion.

  21. Chelsea says:

    YAY!!! CASTLE!!!! I hope Castle and Greys have long run times both are fantastic and my week just wouldn’t be as good if I couldn’t tune in!!

  22. Rebeca says:

    Once upon a time, please.
    It’s spectacular, it’s perfect, it’s great.
    I truly don’t have enough words too describe it the way it truly is.

  23. Its Once Upon A Time, Time.

  24. Cassandra Elise says:

    Yay for Castle and OUAT! I really hope BOP pulls off some kind of miracle. :( It did so well this week! If only…it…can make it…

  25. Brenda Peterson says:

    Once Upon a Time is genius! Totally amazing how the writers bring the two worlds together. Clean tv, clean language; I love it!! Escape tv at its best. Please bring it back next season!!! Thank you!!

  26. Judly says:

    Really enjoy Revenge, Body of Proof, Once Upon a Time, Castle and GCB. These programs are much better than all of the real life programs.

  27. Louise says:

    Once Upon A Time!!!!! LOVE this show!!!

  28. Please, please renew ” Once upon a time”. It’s such a great show!!

  29. AJ says:

    Yes to Happy Endings!

  30. denise says:

    Please, please, please renew CASTLE!! It is by far the best show on the air; can’t imagine losing it when there is so much more to be told!!

  31. brian hearlson says:

    Abc please keep GCB on that is one of the funniest new shows in a while. Also keep private practice on it deserves a better time slot and not be put aside for a show that hasnt even premiered yet aka scandal.

  32. AmyC says:

    I wonder if/when the announcement will be made? Getting nervous for my faves!

  33. Glenda Shearman says:

    Thank- You , ABC for Castle and Revenge!!!! These are my favorite tv shows and Castle is my number 1 favorite show on tv.

  34. Louise Guerra says:

    My week would not be the same without Castle and Body of Proof. I so look forward to seeing these shows each week. I do hope both shows are renewed. The cast of these shows are great.
    “Having Hope ABC will do the right thing and renew both of them”
    Missy L.

  35. Jillian says:

    I LOVE Body of Proof!!! PLEASE don’t get rid of it!

  36. sabine says:

    GBB, MISSING, CASTLE & GREY’S ANATOMY. My absolute fav shows.

  37. sabine says:

    GCB sorry

  38. OUAT Junky says:

    I am praqyng and hoping they keep Once Upon A Time if not I will be utterly disappointed in ABC

  39. Tracy says:

    Last Man Standing is going to make it! Awesome!! Tim Allen and crew are doing a very good job. Can’t wait for season 2.

  40. Shon (India) says:

    castle is all m interested in!! ABC please renew it. (I want to see it official) <3

  41. ashley says:

    Why GCB is going away? I like the show :-(

  42. Brandon says:

    I am a student who has no time for movies or tv, yet I am completly addicted to Once Upon A Time! Such a spectacular show!

  43. t says:

    love castle and revenge! Can’t wait for the official renewal :)

  44. Thomas says:

    I can’t wait to see Revenge and Once upon a time if they get renewed.

  45. KeeshondMom9 says:

    Last Man Standing and Castle are the favs of this household. For me, i want Body of Proof. I love delanys character. Shes a mix of Gibbs and Ducky (ncis- another fav show). The show deserves another season. Im glad there will be season 5 of castle and a very high chance of season 2 of LMS

  46. Thomas says:

    Why did they cancelled the finder and tonight series finale.

  47. Thomas says:

    Why did they cancelled The Finder and it on tonight and it the series finale