Two ABC comedies received full-season orders after a month on the air. According to freshman comedy Deadline, The good years and Domestical economy both received nine additional episodes for their seasons. Both series premiered their respective seasons on September 22 this year.
The good years is the latest in the trend of reboots as it reimagines the 1988 sitcom from the perspective of an African-American family in the late 1960s. Newcomer Elisha “EJ” Williams stars as Dean, a curious boy 12-year-old who comes from a middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama. As he reaches his pre-teen years, Dean carves out his place in the world. Following the storyline of the original series, the show is narrated by adult Dean, voiced by Don Cheadle (No Sudden Movement, Space Jam: A New Legacy).
According to Deadline, the series had the best debut for a comedy at ABC in two years, tied with The Conners as the No. 1 comedy of the season for adults 18-49. The first episode averaged 4.8 million viewers over seven days of viewing on linear and streaming platforms. And it has 6.4 million total views for the Disney-owned network.
Domestical economy is a mid-season series in its season, averaging 3.6 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating for adults 18-49, according to Deadline. Premiering in April, the series follows three adult siblings whose love for each other can get messy given that they all live in different economic classes. Series creator, Michael Colton (Best Week Ever, Zoolander: Super Model) wrote the show loosely based on his own life experiences. He is joined by frequent writing collaborator, John Aboud (The Fake News with Ted Nelms, Penguins of Madagascar).
The series stars Topher Grace (That 70s show, Black Mirror) as an older brother and narrator, via Deadline. He is joined by Caitlin McGee (Bluff city law, modern love), and Jimmy Tatro (American Vandal, Life According to Jimmy) who play the middle and youngest siblings respectively. The cast is completed by Karla Souza (How to get away with murder, don’t blame the kid) who plays Grace’s wife, and Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live, weekendslisten)) as McGee’s partner.
look The good years and Domestical economy Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET, respectively on ABC.