ABC Gives Full Seasons to 'Goldbergs' and 'Trophy Wife,' Cancels 'Back in the Game'
Friday, November 1, 2013
has made decisions on the fates of its four new comedies this season,
and it's good news for three and not so good news for one. The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife have each been given full-season orders while Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night has been picked up for four more episodes. Meanwhile, Back in the Game has been cancelled.
The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife air Tuesday nights and while the ratings have been less than stellar, typically having a sizeable drop-off from their lead-in of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the extensions mean both will be around for a full 22 episodes.
Super Fun Night has been somewhat solid in its post-Modern Family time slot, though only ordering four more episodes instead of the full extra nine is a bit of a mixed message.
Back in the Game, starring James Caan and Maggie Lawson, has effectively been cancelled, though all 13 episodes will air. However, no more will be produced, which presumably will make way for Suburgatory to return to the schedule.
The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife join Agents of SHIELD on the list of ABC's full-season pick-ups for new shows, while Back in the Game joins Lucky 7 on the cancellation pile. There are still no decisions on new dramas Betrayal and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, though both are doing quite poorly in the ratings and it seems unlikely they will last the entire season.
This has been a surprisingly good season for new comedies. CBS has given full-season orders to The Crazy Ones, The Millers and Mom, NBC gave The Michael J. Fox Show a full 22 episodes, and FOX has ordered full seasons for Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Dramas have been less successful, with Agents of SHIELD and The Blacklist the only ones getting full seasons, though FOX's Sleepy Hollow was renewed for a second season.
Back in the Game is the fifth casualty of the new fall season, following Lucky 7, We Are Men, Ironside and Welcome to the Family.
The full-season orders mean that ABC is very invested in its comedy line-up. The three extended new shows join The Middle, Modern Family, Last Man Standing, The Neighbors and Suburgatory. The network still has one more new comedy for mid-season, the dating sitcom Mixology in which the entire season takes place over the course of a single night. Given all of the renewals and extensions, I can only assume it will debut in the spring after Super Fun Night finishes its four extra episodes.
The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife air Tuesdays at 9pm and 9:30pm. Super Fun Night airs Wednesdays at 9:30pm. Back in the Game will continue to air Wednesdays at 8:30pm for the foreseeable future, as there are still seven episodes left.
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