ABC renews 'Castle,' 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Revenge'

ABC has begun its run-up to next week’s upfront presentations by giving the greenlight to a seventh season of Castle, a fourth season to Once Upon a Time and  an 11th year to Grey’s Anatomy. Scandal will be back, as will Modern Family and The Middle.

It also gave a fourth year to Revenge and a second year to Resurrection. The Goldbergs earned a second season, too. Somebody dodged a bullet, eh?

As of right now six new dramas have been picked up for fall, including the latest one from Shonda Rhimes. Here are the official log lines:

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER:  The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) gets entangled with four law students from her class “How to Get Away with Murder.” Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller.

SECRETS AND LIES: Ben Garner (Ryan Phillippe) is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect, after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son in the woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) digs for the truth, the secrets and lies of this town come to the surface and no one is above suspicion. Ben’s family’s life will be turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence in this thriller mystery from Barbie Kligman (Private Practice) based on the original Australian series of the same name.

AMERICAN CRIME:  All over the news are reports about a young couple in Modesto, California, who were attacked in their home.  Matt Skokie, a war vet, was killed, and his wife, Lily, is unconscious, barely hanging on.  Both sets of parents are at her bedside hoping for a miracle while four suspects are about to be arrested.  The case sends shock waves into the community stirring up tensions across racial lines in this gritty drama. American Crime stars Felicity Huffman as Barb, Timothy Hutton as Russ, W. Earl Brown as Tom, Richard Cabral as Hector Tonz, Caitlin Gerard as Aubry, Benito Martinez as Alonzo Gutierrez, Penelope Ann Miller as Eve, Elvis Nolasco as Carter and Johnny Ortiz as Tony Gutierrez. It’s written, directed and produced by John Ridley (12 Years A Slave).

THE WHISPERS: Aliens have invaded Earth by using our most unlikely resource to achieve world domination—our children.  As the kids unwittingly help these unseen enemies, the clock counts down in this suspenseful race to save humanity. It stars Lily Rabe as Claire Bennigan, Barry Sloane as Wes Lawrence, Milo Ventimiglia as John Doe/Drew Bennigan, Derek Webster as Jessup Rollins, Brianna Brown  as Lena Lawrence, Catalina Denis as Dr. Maria Martinez, Kylie Rogers as Minx Lawrence and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf as Henry.

GALAVANT: Screenwriter/executive producer Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) teams up with Broadway and Hollywood award-winning musical team—composer Alan Menken for a musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions.  Once upon a time, the dashing hero, Galavant (Joshua Sasse) lost the love of his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), to the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson).  Now, our fallen hero is ready to take revenge and restore his “happily ever after.” But it won’t be without a few twists and turns along the way. It stars Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Timothy Omundson as King Richard, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Mallory Jansen as Madalena, Karen David as Isabella and Luke Youngblood as Sid.

FOREVER: Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret.  He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality.  This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza).  Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past.  Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry’s secret.

Comedy pickups are:

MANHATTAN LOVE STORY: A single-camera laugher described as this: Have you ever wondered what your date was thinking?  This romantic comedy exposes the differences between men and women through the unfiltered thoughts, and often contradictory actions, of a new couple who have just begun dating.

SELFIE: “Instafamous” Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie.   But one lonely day she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends.  She asks marketing guru Henry (John Cho) to ‘rebrand’ her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world.  Loosely based on My Fair Lady, Selfie explores the modern struggles of Eliza and Henry, as he tries to teach her how to live life offline—whether she ‘likes’ it or not.


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