• Black-ish, The Goldbergs get season extensions as ABC displays confidence in comedy slate

    ABC seems pretty happy with their comedies. The alphabet network has ordered additional episodes for black-ish, The Goldbergs, The Conners, The Kids Are Alright, and Single Parents.

    Black-ish and The Goldbergs are some of the network’s senior sitcoms, with black-ish continuing to garner critical and popular praise. Now in its fifth season, the Anthony Anderson comedy will get an additional two episodes for a total of 24. The Goldbergs get just one more for its sixth season starring Jeff Garlin.

    Freshman series The Kids Are Alright comes from the mind of Tim Doyle. The show, which he also narrates, is set in the 1970s following a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, in one of America’s most turbulent decades.

    The other freshman comedy getting an extra episode is Single Parents starring Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam. Killam’s character Will is a divorced man in his 30s super focused on raising his daughter. Other parents in the PTA (Leighton Meester, Brad Garrett, Kimrie Lewis, and Jake Choi) decide to help Will get back into the dating scene.

    The Goldbergs, The Kids Are Alright, and Single Parents will air a total of 23 episodes this season.

    The Conners, bred out of an abrupt cancellation of the Roseanne revival, is apparently working on a Season 2 (if we don’t count that 9-episode Roseanne season). Deadline reports that negotiations are underway to do a 13-episode second season and that ABC very much wants to make it happen.

    The spin-off averages 10.2 million total viewers and the #1 new comedy on TV. The biggest kinks in the negotiations will be John Goodman and Sara Gilbert’s schedules. Goodman, who recently said that the show is great without Roseanne Barr, is a highly in-demand actor who just completed Captive State and last year appeared in three feature films (voicing roles in another three). In addition to the new ABC series, Gilbert is in pre-production on Weird City, Jordan Peele’s sci-fi comedy for YouTube Premium.

    The other comedies on ABC include critical favorite Fresh Off the Boat and perennial Emmy winner Modern Family. Reports suggest Modern Family will do one final 11th season as the adult in the cast attempt to finalize their deals.

    The renewal news displays ABC’s confidence in their comedies, which are rounded out by American Housewife, Splitting Up Together, and Speechless. Unlike other networks boasting peacock logos, it must be a relief for ABC to know the world isn’t going to end after their powerhouse comedy inevitably goes off the air.

    Billy Procida

    Laughspin editor-in-chief Billy Procida is a stand-up comedian in New York City. He hosts The Manwhore Podcast where he talks to women he's hooked up with about sex, dating, and why they didn't work out. Reach him on Twitter.

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