ABC Renews 'DWTS,' Cancels 'Trophy Wife,' 'Suburgatory' and More Comedies
ABC Renews 'DWTS,' Cancels 'Trophy Wife,' 'Suburgatory' and More Comedies
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Following a flurry of good news Thursday night for ABC shows, renewing 10 of them and ordering nine new series, Friday was time to drop the hammer. The network has cancelled five of its comedies, but it also renewed its long-running reality hit.

ABC Renews 10 Shows, Orders 9 New Ones>>

Dancing with the Stars was officially renewed for season 19 in the fall, which is no big surprise. It may not be the ratings giant it once was, but it still brings in solid viewers.

On the ABC reality front, The Bachelor, Shark Tank and America's Funniest Home Videos were also renewed.

It was bad news, however, for a quintet of comedies. Freshman sitcoms Trophy Wife, Mixology and Super Fun Night were both cancelled, as was The Neighbors after two seasons and Suburgatory after three seasons.

Trophy Wife was a critical success with a strong cast (Bradley Whitford and Marcia Gay Harden), but failed to grab the ratings. Mixology, meanwhile, was a bold experiment with a unique formula (all taking place on one night with 10 people at a bar), but it didn't catch on, nor did it make much sense airing after Modern Family. Neither did Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night, which held the post-Modern Family spot before Mixology.

After three seasons, the quirky comedy Suburgatory has come to an end, and so has The Neighbors after two seasons. The Neighbors definitely understood that a third season was unlikely, which is why the final episodes of season 2 worked as a real ending, throwing in dozens of meta references to the show wanting to go out with a bang.

On the bright side, the creators of those two shows are staying at ABC with new comedies. The network ordered the musical fairy tale comedy Galavant, created by Dan Fogleman, who also created The Neighbors, and Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek's Selfie.

ABC will reveal its full schedule for the 2014-2015 TV season on Tuesday, May 13.


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