Super-producer Shonda Rhimes has secured her rule over American television. ABC are bringing back three of the showrunner’s dramas – Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder – and have given her new thriller The Catch the green light.
Long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy is set to go on without Derek Shepherd. The show, which follows the lives and loves of doctors at the Sloane Grey Memorial Hospital in Seattle, has been recommissioned for a 12th season without leading man Patrick Dempsey, whose departure from the drama last month shocked fans.
White House-set drama Scandal, which stars Kerry Washington as notorious ‘fixer’ Olivia Pope, will also return for a fifth season, while How To Get Away With Murder, which was officially given the green light a couple of months ago, gets a second season.
A new drama from her production company ShondaLand has also been given the go ahead for a full series. The Catch is about a successful fraud investigator (Mireille Enos) who becomes the victim of fraud perpetrated by her fiance.
Other ABC shows that have lived to film another day include musical melodrama Nashville, which stars Connie Briton and Hayden Panettiere, much-loved ensemble comedy Modern Family and fantasy fairytale series Once Upon A Time.
American Crime, The Middle, The Goldbergs, Castle, Secrets and Lies, Blackish, Fresh Off the Boat, Galavant, Dancing With The Stars and The Bachelor have also been renewed, alongside Marvel TV series Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter.