ABC renews ‘Scandal,’ picks up five new series

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No damage control needed here: ABC is bringing back ‘Scandal’ for a second season.

From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ overlord Shonda Rhimes, the D.C.-set drama about a political fixer premiered with a solid 7.3 million viewers and has performed well for the network since then with the help of its ‘Grey’s’ lead-in.

“Am super proud to say that @ScandalABC has been picked for a 2nd season!!!” Rhimes tweeted of the series, which is based on crisis manager extraordinaire Judy Smith. “Am doing a little dance of joy.’ The network previously announced the renewal of ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ No word yet on whether Rhimes’ other show, ‘Private Practice,’ will return.

The network is also getting into the musical business, announcing a series order for ‘Nashville.’ The soap is set in the Nashville music scene and features Connie Britton (‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Friday Night Lights’) as a country star at her peak and another singer, played by Hayden Panettiere, on the rise.


Additionally, it announced pickups for dramas: ‘Red Widow,’ previously ‘Penoza,’ which is based on a Dutch series and revolves around the widow of an assassinated criminal, played by Radha Mitchell (‘Finding Neverland’), who finds herself taking on the same profession in order to protect her family; ‘Zero Hour’ centers on Hank Foley, played by ‘ER’ alum Anthony Edwards, who becomes involved in a conspiracy when his wife is kidnapped; ‘Mistresses,’ based on the BBC One series of the same name, focuses on four women and their scandalous love lives.

On the comedy front, the network has picked up: ‘Family Tools’ (previously ‘Red Van Man’), which is based on a British series, revolves around a man who is forced to put his dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father.

On the reality front, the network earlier Friday announced returns for ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos,’ ‘Wife Swap’ and ‘Celebrity Wife Swap.’


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