With S6 to end with a double episode on May 18 in the United States, ABC and Shonda Rhimes have decided not to renew Scandal after the conclusion of its seventh season, according to a news report.

The series’ fate will be confirmed at an ABC presentation on May 16, with TV Line reporting a hard ending for Scandal in advance.

Launched in 2012, Scandal made a star out of lead actress Kerry Washington, who has accumulated numerous award nominations for her performances as an expert crisis management consultant working on and around events concerning the US presidency.

Series creator Rhimes is well known for Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and, subsequent to Scandal, the Viola Davis thriller How To Get Away With Murder.

Season six of Scandal has won an average of 5.7 million viewers per episode, less than half of the S4 peak of 12 million viewers, TV Line noted.

An ongoing partnership between Rhimes and ABC is evidenced by a second season of comedy drama The Catch, which started airing on in March 2016, and Shakespearean spin-off Still Star-Crossed, due to premiere May 29, 2017. – AFP Relaxnews

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Dr Ken and The Catch cancelled after two seasons

ABC has cancelled Ken Jeong’s comedy Dr. Ken and the Shondaland drama The Catch after two seasons.

Dr. Ken, from Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios featured Jeong as a doctor with a challenged bedside manner who is married to a therapist. Dave Foley, Suzy Nakamura, Dana Lee, Jonathan Slavin, Albert Tsai, and Krista Marie Yu also starred.

Dr. Ken’s exit comes as ABC has also given the axe to Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing. Jeong executive produced the series along with Mike Sikowitz, John Fox, John Davis, and Mary Fitzgerald.

Meanwhile, Shonda Rhimes’ The Catch starred Mireille Enos, Peter Krause, Sonya Walger, John Simm, Jay Hayden, Rose Rollins and Elvy Yost. The series followed the cat-and-mouse game between LA’s top private investigator, Alice Vaughan (Enos), and the man she loves, Benjamin Jones (Krause), the world’s most formidable con artist.

So far, ABC has renewed comedies Modern Family (for two seasons), American Housewife, The Goldbergs (for two seasons), and The Middle, along with dramas Once Upon A Time, Designated Survivor, Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder.

In addition to The Catch, Dr. Ken, and Last Man Standing, ABC has also cancelled American Crime, Imaginary Mary, and Secrets And Lies. ABC had previously cancelled freshman dramas Time After Time, Notorious, and Conviction. – Reuters/Cynthia Littleton

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