Six ABC series have received early renewals, the network announced Monday. Medical dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, crime drama Castle and the network’s three sophomore comedies, The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town will each return next season.
Notably absent from the pickups, were Sunday dramas Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters. Housewives creator Marc Cherry is contracted for two more seasons, but contracts for stars Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria expire at the end of this season.
Brothers & Sisters‘ renewal prospects have been on the bubble for quite awhile. The network originally ordered only 18 episodes for its current season, but decent ratings led ABC to up the order to the traditional 22 episodes.
This group of early renewals doesn’t necessarily mean the end of series like Detroit 1-8-7, V and Better with You.