ABC has renewed Private Practice, Body of Proof, freshmen series Scandal and Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23 and canceled fellow first-year entry GCB.
The network gave the Kerry Washington-Tony Goldwyn D.C.-set political fixer drama the plum post-Grey's Anatomy time slot where it has performed well in its limited run.
The Shonda Rhimes drama, which bumped the prolific showrunner's Private Practice from its longtime home on Thursday nights, has for the most part held on to its Grey's lead-in viewership. The seven-episode first season has been a format Rhimes has said she enjoys.
"Season 1 feels like a British miniseries in that it's only seven episodes. It feels more like State of Play than like a regular network show," Rhimes told THR. "The seven episodes work as a whole; we're telling a story in which there's a little bit of a cliffhanger at the end of every episode. When you leave at the end of the season, while you have a lot of questions that need to be answered, the larger part of the mystery or intrigue that was happening this season is finished."
For its part, Private Practice has had a mixed run in its new home on Tuesday. The Kate Walsh drama lost 19 percent of its viewership in its first week in the new slot, but rebounded afterward -- with Rhimes using spoilers in an active Twitter campaign to raise awareness for the show's new night in its fifth season. With its sixth-season renewal, the ABC Studios series will keep prolific showrunner Rhimes busy with three series on ABC's schedule for the second year in a row. Her period drama pilot Gilded Lilys, meanwhile, does not appear to be moving forward.
Freshman comedy Apt. 23 -- from 20th Television and starring James Van Der Beek, Krysten Ritter and Dreama Walker -- will return for a second season. The series about a good girl who moves in with a woman with the morals of a pirate, playing a heightened version of himself, has been a consistent performer in the sweet post-Modern Family time slot on Wednesdays after bowing midseason to positive buzz surrounding the former Dawson's Creek star's comedic performance.
Body of Proof, from ABC Studios and starring Dana Delany as a medical examiner, wrapped its second season in April, drawing 10 million viewers and a 1.9 in the coveted demo against competition including CBS' Unforgettable and NBC's Fashion Star. While not a breakout word-of-mouth performer for the network, it stands as ABC's lone crime procedural on the schedule, enough to warrant a third season.
Scandal, Apt. 23, Private Practice and Body of Proof join scripted series Happy Endings, Grey's, Suburgatory, Revenge, The Middle, Castle, Modern Family and Once Upon a Time has having been picked up for additional seasons. On the unscripted side, ABC has renewed Dancing With the Stars, Shark Tank, America's Funniest Home Videos, Wife Swap and The Bachelor for additional runs.
Meanwhile, despite the star power of Kristin Chenoweth, freshman drama GCB will not move forward. The soapy drama opened to modest returns in March and failed to make the anticipated splash required to become the network's replacement for Desperate Housewives. From Robet Harling and Darren Star and starring Leslie Bibb as a former mean girl who returns home to her Texas hometown, the series hit a series low in mid-April despite a recent uptick.