ABC’s ‘The Middle’ renewed, ‘Suburgatory,’ ‘Super Fun Night’ cancelled and Kevin Hart pilot quiet

The Middle starring Patricia HeatonABC has cancelled some comedies to make way for a new slate of laughers. Freshman series Trophy Wife starring Marcia Gay Harden and Malin Akerman was cancelled late last night. Mixology will officially not get a second season order and will end after its season finale, which frees up cast member Andrew Santino to commit to the yet-to-be-greenlit How I Met Your Dad pilot. The Neighbors also received the ABC axe. Even Rebel Wilson’s “girls night out” series Super Fun Night did not survive the wrecking ball (or other destructive metaphor).

Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek will remain at ABC, despite the cancellation of her popular city-girl-gone-suburban comedy after three seasons. Her new show Selfie. Starring Karen Gillan and John Cho (Harold from the Harold and Kumar trilogy), a self-obsessed twentysomething (Gillan) is more concerned with “likes” than being liked. After a humiliating public breakup video of her goes viral, she all of a sudden has way more social media followers than she should and enlists the help of a marketing expert to make the most of it.

The Middle officially received a thumbs up to return for season 6, returning with The Goldbergs and Emmy Awards favorite Modern Family. Another family sitcom, the Neil Flynn-led show has delivered solid ratings in its timeslot and has served as a solid lead-in for new shows that follow it. Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing is the only comedy at ABC still awaiting its fate after ending its third season a couple of weeks ago.

After clearing house, ABC is ready to move forward on a slew of new comedy series this fall. Several comedy pickups occurred over the past few days. Dan Fogelman, The Neighbors‘ showrunner, will move on to a fairytale musical comedy Galavant, which follows handsome Prince Galavant and his quest for revenge over the king who stole his one true love. Romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story (previously known as My Thoughts Exactly) will expose the unfiltered internal monologues of a young couple embarking on a new relationship. Anthony Anderson, of the Scary Movie saga, will star in his own comedy show Black-ish (yes, really, that’s the title), about an upper-middle class black man struggling to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite being surrounded by his liberal wife and old-school father. Laurence Fishburne, who serves as an executive producer, will play Anderson’s father.

Surprisingly, popular pilots like Saint Francis (starring Sopranos star Michael Imperioli) have been quiet. Projects attached to or starring big names have not been eagerly announced as series pickups and may get dismissed altogether, like The Winklers with the Fonz actor himself and Kevin Hart’s divorce comedy Keep It Together starring Romany Malco and Jeff Ross. ABC is not finished making all of its comedy news just yet, but surely another wave of exciting announcements are coming soon.

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