Fall TV Preview

ABC Renews Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Grey's, Castle and Three Wednesday Comedies

Thursday evening was ABC’s turn to make some noise, as the network officially renewed seven scripted shows for the 2012-13 TV season, including the freshman dramas Once Upon a Time and Revenge.

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The first-year comedy Suburgatory also has been picked up, while Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, The Middle and Modern Family are also officially set to return.

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There is no official word yet on the freshman sitcom Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, the sophomore comedy Happy Endings, or Private Practice, though all three are expected to be back.

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Once co-creator Adam Horowitz broke his show’s good news via Twitter on Thursday evening, saying, “It’s official — #OnceUponaTime has been picked up for Season 2. Thank you all so much for watching, we’re beyond thrilled to continue on!” Once premiered the week before Halloween to 12.8 million total viewers while scoring a 3.9 demo rating, making it the TV season’s top-rated freshman drama — a crown it has worn ever since. (The Season 1 finale airs this Sunday at 8/7c.)

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  1. Nina says:

    CONGRATS!! Looking forward to more story telling.

  2. K says:

    What about REVENGE? :(

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      REVENGE renewed; please see update.

      • Marc says:

        Matt. Any chance that the site could note updates as such in the stories rather than editing the articles? This isn’t the only site that does this, but it does lead to some awkward “Can’t you read??”-“It wasn’t there when I posted my comment!!” fights in the comment section.

        • Britta Unfiltered says:

          I’ve noticed that happening a lot on this site as well. People get really vicious when they assume you haven’t read the whole article, like they have to prove how much smarter they are than you (see Kathy’s comment below), and I believe 90% of the time this situation is occurring when comments were made before updates were edited in. It would be cool if TVLine would note in the articles when things are updated, perhaps with a time code.

    • Kathy says:

      K, please read paragraph one on the top with only one sentence which is Thursday evening was ABC’s turn to make some noise, as the network officially renewed seven scripted shows for the 2012-13 TV season, including the freshman dramas Once Upon a Time and Revenge.
      By Matt Webb Mitovich. Thanks.

    • Emily Thorne says:

      It is totally coming back with a wedding (Emily’s) and a funeral (who knows?) so keep waiting it will be back!

  3. Never doubted it but good to have it confirmed. Completely obsessed with this show.

  4. Allie says:

    SO EXCITED!!!!

  5. Very happy to hear this news and I was not shocked at all. This show is really good because it is different and I love the actors who are in it. Mazel Tov! And I am so excited for Sunday!

  6. Rachael says:

    Castle???? Now!

  7. Becca says:

    Yay Castle, Grey’s and MF!!!

  8. Sharona says:

    Have they said anything about Happy Endings?

  9. Reena says:

    Very happy about once and suburgatory!

  10. Yay for Revenge & Once, now renew Body of Proof and GCB


  12. Praying for PRIVATE PRACTICE. My life depends on it. <3

  13. matt is Body of Proof looking good for a renewal or not

  14. Rachael says:

    Castle!!!! Yes!!!!!

  15. Heather says:

    I am SOOOOO ecstatic for Once Upon a Time!!! =D I pretty much knew it would be renewed but it’s never for real until we finally see it reported somewhere so I was still nervous about it, LOL ;) Glad for Grey’s and Revenge too and REALLY hoping for official news about Happy Endings and Private Practice next. This has been one of the most enjoyable TV seasons ever for me. Usually I lose several shows a year and this year I’m keeping almost all of my faves. I’m going to treasure this year because it may never happen again, LOL =D

  16. ggny says:

    dam it come on Apt 23! last few episodes have been amazing

  17. M. says:

    I’m sooooooo glad Castle will be back in september. God, I’m really excited right now! Yes! Thank you ABC!!!

  18. exfromtheleft says:

    prayingg for happy endings and private practice

  19. kat says:

    Soooooo happy Castle is coming back!

  20. JenB says:

    GREAT NEWS!!!! My 4 favorite must-watch shows are all coming back!!! Congrats to OUAT, Castle, Revenge & Grey’s!!!

  21. Josh says:

    I need something official about Happy Endings. Ughhh.

  22. Erin says:

    Love the fact Castle’s back for a 5th season

  23. Ella says:

    Castle…..Revenge…..Once Upon a Time….Grey’s…..Happy person over here =)

  24. Yesssss Castle! says:

    Hell to the yeah for Castle! Looking forward to see Castle and Beckett’s adventures together.

  25. Andrea says:

    Yayyy. Castle! Finally!!

  26. What about Last Man Standing and The River? They are ABC, I luv those two

  27. Fanana says:

    Matt, any news on numbers of episodes for any of the show, particularly Castle (I watch all of them shows you mentioned)? Or will we find out next week at upfronts?

  28. omg says:

    What about GCB?? :(

    • robinepowell says:

      I’m wondering the same thing. ;)

    • Nero theTVFiddler says:

      Regarding GCB – it is going to be close-call/50-50 at best. As other show bubble dramas get renewed at ABC [Body of Proof and Scandal have a good chance now based upon what I’ve reading from various sources], that leaves less and less room for GCB. Keep fingers crossed – we’ll know soon.

  29. tvaddict says:

    Happy Endings has to come back! I really hope it does return for another full season!!!!!!! Ditto to GCB and Apt 23

  30. YowzaPowza says:

    Duh. Now here’s hoping for a Happy Endings, Don’t Trust The B renewal.

  31. Aleana says:

    So happy they renew Once Upon A Time and Revenge love these shows now they need to renew GCB

  32. DL says:

    Castle and Revenge! Yay!

  33. Mari says:


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  35. Cathy says:

    Yay for Once and Castle!!! As well as Modern Family

  36. Callie says:

    SO excited for season 5 of CASTLE!!! AWM & the cast brought their A game for the finale and let’s hope that carries through season 5! (or atleast the season opener!!!)

  37. Reyane says:

    CASTLE!!! YES!!!!! Now, to survive hiatus for Castle AND Supernatural…I’m going to need more chocolate.

  38. Natalie says:

    “Castle” and “The Middle” and “Once…” are the ones I’m glad to see return. :)

  39. Kate says:

    CASTLE- Yes!!!!!! Glad to know my favorite show is offically coming back! I’m also excited for Once Upon a Time and Modern Family. Way to go, ABC!

  40. We need some good news for Happy Endings, Don’t Trust the B—-, the River and GCB. ABC needs to pick up those shows as well

  41. brittany says:

    CASTLE CASTLE CASTLE!!! yayayay <3

  42. Paige says:

    So happy Once Upon A Time got renewed! Really hoping Happy Endings gets a renewal as well, love that show. Also won’t mind seeing The B—- in Apartment 23 getting another season too.

  43. Jackie says:


  44. Josh says:

    YES! Once upon a time and Revenge are coming back my top 2 new shows now Please Renew GCB!

  45. Bradley says:


  46. sonja says:

    hoping for more Scandal too! I stopped watching ER when the helicopter fell on Dr. Ramano so I’m thinking it is time for me to stop watching Grey’s! ENOUGH WITH KILLING THE DOCTORS.

  47. Robin says:

    I’m really happy about these renewals but right now I really just want to read a post-episode recap/speculation/comments on tonight’s Greys! I shouldn’t have been surprised really but I was…gah…

  48. Leah says:

    Now all I need is for Scandal and Happy Endings to be renewed. And NBC needs to give Parks a full season order while we’re at it!

  49. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Gah, no Grey’s spoilers, people, it hasn’t aired in every time zone yet! I mean, I don’t care because I don’t really watch it, but please be respectful of your TVLine friends that live in the Pacific, Alaska, and Hawaii time zones. It’s only 6 PM in Hawaii right now, you know.

  50. jennifer says:

    Love Revenge, would love to see Pan Am and GCB renewed. Sundays: Once at 8, Pan Am at 9 and GCB at 10. Once would be a good lead in for Pan Am and GCB would just round out the entire night.