<p>Shonda Rhimes</p>

Shonda Rhimes

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Shonda Rhimes' 'The Catch,' Biblical 'Of Kings and Prophets' lead ABC orders

Which two 'Gossip Girl' stars are coming to ABC?

And finally ABC is in the game! 

The only network not to pick up a new series (and still the only network not to formally renew a single old series) jumped into the pre-upfronts excitement in a major way on Thursday afternoon, picking up six new dramas, several of which sound rather ambitious.

Before going into depth, the basics: On Thursday (May 7) afternoon, ABC ordered the Biblical epic "Of Kings and Prophets" and the Shonda Rhimes-produced "The Catch," as well as "Wicked City" (formerly "L.A. Crime"), "The Family" (formerly Untitled Jenna Bans), "Quantico" and the Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (formerly "Boom").

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<p>John Stamos of &quot;Grandfathered&quot;</p>

John Stamos of "Grandfathered"

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FOX picks up 'The Guide to Surviving Life,' John Stamos' 'Grandfathered'

Meaghan Rath has her second pilot pickup of the day. Mazel tov!

The joys of piecemeal pre-upfronts pilot ordering! 

One hour after announcing pickups for the comedy "The Grinder" and the drama "Rosewood," FOX added a pair of comedies to its 2015-2016 slate.

Earning series orders for FOX are "Grandfathered," starring John Stamos, and the ensemble "The Guide to Surviving Life."

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<p>Fred Savage and Rob Lowe of &quot;The Grinder&quot;</p>

Fred Savage and Rob Lowe of "The Grinder"

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FOX picks up Rob Lowe's 'The Grinder,' Morris Chestnut's 'Rosewood'

Fred Savage, William Devane and Jaina Lee Ortiz are also coming to FOX

Not content to let NBC and The CW have the full programming spotlight on the Thursday (May 7) before upfronts, FOX made its first comedy and drama series pickups of the spring.

On the comedy side, FOX has given a series order to "The Grinder," starring Rob Lowe, while the Morris Chestnut procedural "Rosewood" is going to series on the drama side.

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<p>Diogo Morgado of &quot;The Messengers&quot;</p>

Diogo Morgado of "The Messengers"

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'The Messengers' won't get a second season on The CW

The drama's third airing drew only 650,000 viewers last Friday

There will be no Second Coming for The CW's "The Messengers."

Due to low ratings, unimpressive reviews and an impossible Friday time period, it was already a foregone conclusion, but now it's also official: "The Messengers" won't be back for a second season.

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<p>Brandon Routh as Atom</p>

Brandon Routh as Atom

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'Flash'/'Arrow' gets a series order and a title - 'DC's Legends of Tomorrow'

'Cordon' and Showtime exile 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' also get CW series orders

The CW officially ordered three new dramas on Thursday afternoon, but the big news is the pick-up we all already new was coming.

The "Flash"/"Arrow" spinoff has officially been ordered to series and after having been called various permutations on "untitled," it finally has a title: Say hello to "DC's Legends of Tomorrow." 

I'll remind you of the details on "Legends of Tomorrow" in a minute, but The CW also ordered "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Cordon" to series. 

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<p>NBC&#39;s &quot;Superstore&quot;</p>

NBC's "Superstore"

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'Superstore,' 'Crowded' get NBC series orders

America Ferrara, Ben Feldman, Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston lead new sitcoms

I appreciate that NBC at least let one other piece of pre-upfronts news break -- RIP, "Hart of Dixie" -- between piecemeal announcements for new comedy pilots.

Just hours after picking up the multi-cam comedy "People Are Talking," NBC has added to what is essentially a bare comedy cupboard with series orders for "Crowded" and "Superstore."

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<p>&quot;Hart of Dixie&quot;</p>

"Hart of Dixie"

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The CW confirms that 'Hart of Dixie' has been cancelled

The Rachel Bilson comedy had what was basically a series finale in March

File under "Things that will mostly bring sadness to Dan..."

The CW confirmed on Thursday (May 7) afternoon that "Hart of Dixie" will not be back for a fifth season. 

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<p>Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tone Bell of NBC&#39;s &quot;People Are Talking&quot;</p>

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tone Bell of NBC's "People Are Talking"

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Comedy 'People Are Talking' gets an NBC series order

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Meaghan Rath, Tone Bell and Bresha Webb star

Adding to its growing haul of new shows for the 2015-2016 season, NBC has given a series order to "People Are Talking," the network's first new comedy order of the spring.

"People Are Talking" comes from writer DJ Nash and executive producer Will Packer ("Ride Along") and the multi-cam pilot was directed by "How I Met Your Mother" veteran Pamela Fryman.

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<p>The latest &quot;Criminal Minds&quot; finale</p>

The latest "Criminal Minds" finale

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TV Ratings: Rising 'Criminal Minds' finale, 'Black-is' aid Wednesday split

'Law & Order: SVU' and 'Chicago PD' drop without a crossover

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

"Criminal Minds" had its lowest-rated season finale ever, but still grew week-to-week and ranked as Wednesday's most watched show, helping CBS to an overall win for the night. A solid rise for "Black-ish," meanwhile, played a big part in ABC's won among young viewers.

Not surprisingly, the week's biggest droppers were "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago PD," which were both highly inflated by last week's crossover event.

Also dropping on Wednesday were ABC's "The Middle" and "The Goldbergs," FOX's "American Idol" and "The Mysteries of Laura," which slipped below The Mulaney Line to a 0.9 key demo rating.

"Arrow" had a tiny key demo bump, while "Survivor" added a couple viewers.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Remember Natalie from &quot;Survivor&quot;?</p>

Remember Natalie from "Survivor"?

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'Survivor' unveils 32 candidates for 'Second Chance' season

The Top 20 votegetters will star in Season 31 next fall

Rather than selecting returning players unilaterally and listening to fans complain about the latest return for Rupert or a confusing return for a castaway even superfans don't remember, "Survivor" has left the decision somewhat up to America to determine the 20 castaways for Season 31.

On Wednesday (May 6) at the end of the latest episode of the less-than-lackluster "Survivor: Worlds Apart," CBS formally announced what had long been rumored across the Interwebs. 

There are 32 candidates up for the "Second Chance" season. As the word "second" implies, this season will only be open to one-time former players who didn't win, so all of your Hantzes and Ruperts are out. Thank God.

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