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ABC renews 'The Middle' and 'Dancing with the Stars'

'Nashville' and 'Suburgatory' are among the ABC shows still waiting

Two of the most successful shows left out of ABC's Thursday Night Renewal-Fest received good news on Friday (May 9) morning.

ABC has announced that long-running reality hit "Dancing with the Stars" and Wednesday comedy stalwart "The Middle" have both been picked up for the 2014-2015 seasons.

For "The Middle," this renewal is for Season 6, while for "Dancing" it's for Season 19.

After not renewing anything for the entire spring, Thursday saw pickups for "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," "Resurrection," "Once Upon a Time," "Castle," "Modern Family" and "The Goldbergs." Read more here.

ABC also picked up a second season for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Read more about that renewal here.

That left ABC with a number of shows still on the bubble. 

Sepinwall reported this morning that both "Mixology" and "Trophy Wife" have apparently been cancelled, not that ABC is confirming. Read more here.

Shows currently in limbo include "Nashville," "Suburgatory" and "Last Man Standing," though ABC promises "some additional news later today."

Stay tuned!

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ABC renews 'Dancing with the Stars' for a 19th season

ABC renews “Dancing with the Stars” for a 19th season
“Dancing” is still doing well for ABC, averaging 15.4 million viewers this season.

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'Big Bang Theory' hits a season low as NFL Draft took a toll on Thursday shows

“Big Bang Theory” hits a season low as NFL Draft took a toll on Thursday shows
Even “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Vampire Diaries” were down last night. PLUS: NBC's "American Comedy Awards" bombs, and how about that “Big Bang” shocker?


NFL’s decision to move the NFL Draft to May pays off with record ratings for ESPN
The draft is usually held two weeks earlier, at the end of April. But this year’s move to May — along with suspense over Johnny Football — paid off with ESPN’s highest-rated first round ever.


“American Horror Story: Freak Show” will have “the most terrifying clown ever!,” plus a Bearded Lady
Ryan Murphy says of next season: "I thought it was going to be light but it’s turning out to be quite terrifyingly dark, which it feels much more like the Asylum season. But look — if you have a character named the Clown Killer, it’s going to be dark."


Bravo orders scripted series “Shanghai,” “Rules of Attraction” and “Sweet Life”
“Shanghai” is an ensemble drama set in the Chinese city, while “Rules of Attraction” is based on the Bret Easton Ellis book and movie. “Sweet Life” is set in an area of Martha’s Vineyard where affluent African Americans like to visit.


Jay Leno to host an awards show in Israel
He’ll help honor for NYC Mayor Michal Bloomberg as part of the $1 million Genesis Prize in Jerusalem.


“The Neighbors” is ABC’s latest cancelation
It joins “Mixology” and “Trophy Wife” on ABC’s cancelation pile. PLUS: "Trophy Wife" stars react to cancelation, thanking fans via Twitter.


Brothers yanked by HGTV say “we love homosexuals," but hate the “homosexual agenda”
“A smear campaign was run, and Jason and I are not going to try and correct a smear campaign,” David Benham said on CNN of his and his twin brother’s show “Flip It Forward” being yanked from HGTV.


“The Carrie Diaries” boss reveals how Carrie would’ve met Miranda
Exec producer Amy B. Harris says she "always knew that final episode, which I hoped was just a season finale, could also be a series finale if it came to an end."


Anderson Cooper says “F*ck you” to the person who mixed him up for Dr. Drew
CNN did bleep Cooper's pretaped F-word and middle finger.


Jason Priestley doesn’t think “True Tori” is fake
He tells “Watch What Happens Live” there’s “zero percent” chance her new reality show is staged.


Stephen Colbert dresses as a vampire
Watch his interview with a “vampire Congressional candidate."

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<p>Chris Meloni of &quot;Surviving Jack&quot;</p>

Chris Meloni of "Surviving Jack"

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TV Ratings: Low 'Big Bang Theory' leads sluggish Thursday, while 'Surviving Jack' finale rises

'Black Box' and 'Bad Teacher' continue to dip

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Spring doldrums hit Thursday primetime hard, with big audience drops for most primetime offerings, including CBS' "Big Bang Theory," which had its weakest night in recent memory. Of course, even a historically weak "Big Bang Theory" was still able to lead Thursday in all measures and carry CBS to comfortable primetime wins. 

Among the other shows posting big audience declines on Thursday were "Grey's Anatomy," "Bad Teacher" and "Black Box," while NBC's "American Comedy Awards" was no match for last week's IHeartRadio award show.

On the positive side, FOX's "American Idol" had a slight rebound from last week's Thursday low, while the newly cancelled "Surviving Jack" got a solid bump for what seems to be its series finale. If these numbers hold up, "Surviving Jack" will end the week as FOX's most-watched comedy and tied with "New Girl" in the key demo.

On to the numbers...

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog & Jack McBrayer are teaming up for an Adult Swim series

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog & Jack McBrayer are teaming up for an Adult Swim series
The “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” alums will star in an action series created by Triumph’s voice Robert Smigel. McBrayer will play a former child star of a "Lassie"-type series who reunites with his dog. PLUS: Adult Swim’s slate includes the previously announced “Mike Tyson Mysteries” and Aaron McGruder’s “Black Jesus.”

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"Trophy Wife."

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ABC reportedly cancels 'Trophy Wife' & 'Mixology'

One show got the post-'Modern Family' timeslot that should've gone to the other

In the age of DVRs, On Demand, Hulu and other options for DIY TV scheduling, timeslots matter less than they used to, but they still matter. Enough people still watch TV passively, leaving the same channel on after their favorite, that a show no one cares about like "The Millers" can be renewed entirely because it's paired with a monster like "The Big Bang Theory," while it's miraculous to see a new show succeed (or even survive) without a good lead-in.

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12 buzzworthy Cannes Film Festival movies everyone will be talking about

12 buzzworthy Cannes Film Festival movies everyone will be talking about

From awards contenders to KStew to the Goz's directorial debut

If it's May that means the south of France will soon become the center of the cinematic universe. For 11 days stars will rise, filmmakers will fall and random European celebrities will hit the festival's legendary red carpet. Yes, the 2014 Cannes Film Festival is almost upon us.

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<p>Viola Davis of &quot;How To Get Away With Murder&quot;</p>

Viola Davis of "How To Get Away With Murder"

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ABC orders 'How to Get Away with Murder,' 'Selfie,' 'Galavant' and more

'Black-ish,' 'American Crime,' 'The Whispers' and 'Manhattan Love Story' also get orders

After remaining quiet all spring, ABC monopolized the attentions of the nation's TV critics on Thursday (May 8) with an evening full of big announcements. 

You can read about seven of the network's renewals here, as ABC extended its relationship with "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy," "Modern Family" and more. Fortunately, despite all of these renewals, ABC still has a number of bubble shows waiting for news on Friday, which means more content.

And you can also read about ABC's renewal of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and pickup for "Marvel's Agent Carter" here.

But like the game show host says... That's not all!

In addition to "Marvel's Agent Carter," ABC gave series orders to dramas "How To Get Away With Murder," "American Crime," "The Whispers" and "Forever."

On the comedy side, "Black-ish," "Manhattan Love Story" and "Selfie" earned series orders.

And on the musical comedy fairy tale front? Well, ABC only picked up one musical comedy fairy tale, "Galavant."

Let's go through the shows, shall we?

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<p>Kerry Washington of &quot;Scandal&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington of "Scandal"

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ABC renews 'Scandal,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Castle' and more

'Nashville,' 'The Middle' and 'Suburgatory' are all still in limbo

The last network to make any pick-ups this spring, ABC got down to business on Thursday (May 8) night, running through a series of renewals, mostly quite predictable.

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ABC picks up 'Marvel’s Agent Carter,' renews 'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

ABC picks up "Marvel’s Agent Carter,” renews “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Hayley Atwell will reprise her “Captain America” movie role as Peggy Carter for the ABC series. PLUS: ABC renews "The Goldbergs" for Season 2, and "Modern Family" for Season 6. UPDATE: ABC cancels "Trophy Wife" and "Mixology," and ABC renews "The Middle."

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<p>Hayley Atwell of &quot;Agent Carter&quot;</p>

Hayley Atwell of "Agent Carter"

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ABC renews 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and orders 'Agent Carter' from Marvel

Hayley Atwell reprises her 'Captain America' role in the period drama

In a pairing so logical we're giving them their own story, ABC announced on Thursday (May 8) night that it is renewing "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and ordering the new drama "Marvel's Agent Carter."

"Marvel's Agent Carter" stars "Captain America" veteran Hayley Atwell. Set in 1946, it's the story of Peggy Carter's post-WWII work with the covert Strategic Scientific Reserve, as she balances being a single woman in 1940s America, while also going on secret missions for Howard Stark.

While Atwell's involvement is confirmed, ABC makes no mention of whether or not Dominic Cooper will return for the Stark role. Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters will serve as show runners, with Steve McFeely & Christopher Marcus, and Jeph Loeb also executive producing. 

There has been some speculation that ABC was planning to use "Agent Carter" as a bridge between halves of the second "S.H.I.E.L.D." season, but we thought the same thing about "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" until it got its own slot on Thursdays and flopped.

Although hardly the blockbuster ABC might have dreamed of, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is averaging 10.74 million viewers and a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+7 DVR figures.

ABC announced a slew of other renewals and pickups on Thursday night and I'm just beginning to dig my way through them, so stay tuned for future stories...

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ABC renews 'Resurrection' and 'Once Upon a Time'

ABC renews “Resurrection” and “Once Upon a Time”
They’ll return for a respective 2nd and 4th season. Also renewed: "Revenge," "Scandal," "Castle" and "Grey's Anatomy."


ABC picks up Shonda Rhimes' “How to Get Away with Murder,” “American Crime” and “Black-ish”
Viola Davis stars in “How to Get Away with Murder,” playing a law professor who gets wrapped up in a murder mystery. “American Crime,” from Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley,” stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Huffman in a drama about racial tensions. And Larry Wilmore’s “Blackish” stars Anthony Anderson as an upper middle-class family many who’s trying to maintain a sense of African-American cultural identity among his children. PLUS: ABC picks up comedies Prince "Galavant" and "The Whispers" from Steven Spielberg, plus supernatural series "Forever" and comedy "Selfie."

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