Three ongoing shows, ABC’s Dr. Ken, ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters, have received verdicts on their status for the foreseeable future, and all are pretty good.
Dr Ken, ABC’s new primetime comedy, has received a full season order despite terrible reviews. The ratings for the show have remained quite good since its premiere on Oct. 2, and the show has scored an additional nine-episode order as a result. This brings the total up to 22 episodes.
Dr. Ken, which follows the comical exploits of the titular Dr. Ken (Ken Jeong; Community, The Hangover Trilogy), is the fourth network show of the season to receive a back nine, following NBC’s Blindspot, ABC’s Quantico and Fox’s Rosewood. It also stars Suzy Nakamura (Go On, 10 Things I Hate About You), Tisha Campbell-Martin (My Wife and Kids, The Protector), four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Dave Foley (The Kids in the Hall, NewsRadio), Jonathan Slavin (Friends With Better Lives, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), Kate Simses (That Awkward Moment, Return to Sleepaway Camp), Albert Tsai (Trophy Wife, Fresh off the Boat) and Krista Marie Yu (Love the Coopers, Agent Carter).
Meanwhile, ABC Family (to be renamed freeform beginning Jan.1) has issued a renewal for Switched at Birth, its teen drama about two kids who were accidentally switched at birth and ended up growing up in very different situations. The series, which wraps its fourth season this Monday, Oct. 26, will return for a fifth season on the newly christened Freeform in 2016.
The series was created by Lizzy Weiss (Blue Crush, Cashmere Mafia) and stars Vanessa Marano (The Young and the Restless, Without a Trace), Katie Leclerc (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cloudy with a Chance of Love), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future Part III, Jaws 3D), Constance Marie (Puss in Boots, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), D. W. Moffett (Friday Night Lights, Life Is Wild), Lucas Grabeel (Dragons, Family Guy) and Sean Berdy (The Sandlot 2, The Legend of the Mountain Man).
“Every season Switched at Birth continues to deliver fresh, relatable storylines that tackle important social issues, reflecting what our audience experiences daily,” ABC Family’s head of programming Karey Burke said. “We’re excited to see where Lizzy will take these characters next.”
Finally, the Discovery Channel has decided to pull the plug on its long-running science series Mythbusters after an impressive 14-season run. The final season begins on Jan. 9, 2016, but according to an interview with hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman conducted by Entertainment Weekly, the creators have known for a while that the show was ending.
“It was my greatest fear that Mythbusters would just stop and we wouldn’t be able to do proper final episodes,” Savage said. “So whether it’s myths about human behavior or car stories or explosion stories, we tried to find the most awesome example of each category and build on our past history.”
When the show wraps, it’ll have encompassed 248 episodes, 2950 experiments, 1050 myths and 900 explosions since its debut on Jan. 23, 2003, according to Discovery. I’d like to think they made an intern sit and count each one to arrive at that tally.