ABC is extending the run of two of their freshman shows.
The network has handed full season orders to Shonda Rhimes’ How To Get Away With Murder and the Anthony Anderson fronted comedy Black-ish, TVWise has learned.
Black-ish has received a full back nine order and will produce 22 episodes this year; while How To Get Away With Murder, which, as ABC President Paul Lee announced at the TCA Summer Press Tour, was always envisioned as a limited series, has received an order for two additional episodes, bringing the total to 15.
ABC is the first network to hand out back orders to any of their new entries this season. The pick ups had been largely expected as How To Get Away With Murder currently holds a record as the highest rated premiere of any new scripted show, with an L3 audience of 20.3 million viewers; while Black-ish has been retaining a large percentage of its Modern Family lead in and even grew its audience this week compared to last.
From Scandal creator Shona Rhimes and Pete Nowalk, How To Get Away With Murder follows the brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating as he gets entangled with four law students from her class in a murder plot that will rock the entire university and change the course of their lives.The series stars Viola Davis, Matt McGorry, Aja Naomi King, Jack Falahee, Alfred Enoch Billy Brown, Katie Findlay, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber and Liza Weil.
Black-ish follows an upper-middle class black man who struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father and his own assimilated, color-blind kids. The comedy, from ABC Studios, stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Miles Brown, Marcus Scribner, Caila Martin and Laurence Fishburne.