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'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Modern Family,' 'Castle' plus three more ABC shows get early renewals

Six ABC shows are getting early renewals for next season.

No surprise here: Top-rated hits Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family are both coming back next fall.

Also on the list, Grey’s successful spin-off Private Practice and Nathan Fillion’s strong-and-steady detective drama Castle.

Here’s who else made the early cut (and who didn’t):

Cougar Town: Sure, it loses some of its Modern Family lead-in, but it continues to perform well on Wednesday nights and critics say the show has really started to find its voice this season.

The Middle: ABC’s stalwart comedy manages to perform solidly despite having the tough job of jump-starting the network’s comedy block.

As for the rest….

Desperate Housewives is expected to return. With some of the show’s actresses’ contracts up for renewal, the deal-making could take a bit longer than other shows (as you can probably imagine).

There’s been some rumors that the rather pricey Brothers & Sisters could be in its final season. ABC might wait to see what pilots it’s picking for new fall series before making a decision on its fate.

And, yes, I suspect I know your biggest burning question: “What about V?!”

Since V just returned, ABC is waiting for more ratings data to make a decision on that front, which isn’t surprising and shouldn’t worry fans … (much).

Overall, network sources point out that just because a show isn’t on the first list of renewals doesn’t mean it’s not getting renewed – there are still months before the deadline in May.

ABC plans to officially announce all these pickups at the TCA press tour this morning. Keep checking the Inside TV blog as the broadcast portion of TCA is rolling all week…

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