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ABC cancels 'Cristela,' 'Forever' and 'Resurrection'

'The Taste' is also done, if you happen to care

There was plenty of great news for fans of ABC dramas and comedies on Thursday (May 7) night as the network picked up new seasons for 10 dramas and six comedies. And ABC also ordered six new dramas and three new comedies.

But whenever there's good news, there's got to be bad news, something about The Law of Conservation of Mass, TV Style. So if the number of primetime hours isn't changing, even if networks are going to try to keep more and more original programming, that still means the axe must fall somewhere.

In this case, there was bad news for "Forever," "Cristela" and "Resurrection. [Yes, two of those titles have become ironic, or at least fodder for lazy headline writers.] The network previously confirmed that "Revenge" was also being canceled. There was also bad news for "The Taste," but somehow I suspect there will be less garment rending over that one.

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<p>&quot;Marvel&#39;s Agent Carter&quot;</p>

"Marvel's Agent Carter"

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'Agent Carter,' 'American Crime,' 'Galavant' lead surprising ABC renewals

'Scandal,' 'Modern Family,' 'Grey's Anatomy' lead unsurprising renewals

After laying back all spring and not formally renewing anything at all, ABC burst open the dams on Thursday (May 7) evening with 10 drama renewals, six comedy renewals.

Many of the ABC renewals were total no-brainers. After all, ABC hadn't given formal pick-ups to things like "Modern Family" and "Scandal." 

But ABC also through a wrench into the prognostication game with an assortment of variably shocking and merely surprisingly pick-ups including "Marvel's Agent Carter," "American Crime" and "Galavant."

Let's take things by genre.

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<p>&quot;The Muppets&quot;</p>

"The Muppets"

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'The Muppets' triumphant return leads ABC comedy trio

'Dr. Ken' and 'The Real O'Neal's also get series orders

The Muppets are returning to primetime, one of three new comedies picked up by ABC on Thursday evening.

ABC also has picked up "The Real O'Neals" and "Dr. Ken" to series. But really... "The Muppets"!

All official programming details will come with ABC's upfront presentation on Tuesday (May 12), but here's what we know for now:

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<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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