It was a good night for Shonda Rhimes at ABC. The network picked up her new series, “How to Get Away with Murder,” as well as passing out renewals for her other two series: “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.” Sunday night soap opera “Revenge” also got a season renewal, along with Wednesday’s lead-off comedy, “The Middle.”
This will be the 11th season for “Grey’s Anatomy,” as the medical drama bids farewell to original cast-member Sandra Oh. Meanwhile, both “Scandal” and “Revenge” are heading into their fourth seasons, with plenty of jaw-dropping twists and turns ahead for their fans.
“The Middle” has been a quiet performer for the network on Wednesday nights. While it hasn’t gotten as much buzz over the years as its flashier neighbor, “Modern Family” — also on Wednesdays — it has found a loyal audience, becoming a solid lead-off show for the night. And now, like “Modern Family,” it can celebrate a sixth season renewal.
The news isn’t as good for freshman sitcom “Trophy Wife,” which has been cancelled. The comedy — starring Bradley Whitford, Malin Akerman, Michaela Watkins and Marcia Gay Harden — struggled to find an audience on Tuesday nights. It also struggled to get out from under the negative stigma its misleading title gave potential viewers.