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ABC has very good news for fans of some of its most popular series. Although there's still no word on the futures of most of the network's scripted dramas and comedies, official word has come down that four shows have scored renewal orders. The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars will be back for more, as well as America's Funniest Home Videos and freshman game show Child Support.
All things considered, two of those renewals probably come as no surprise at all. The Bachelor franchise is still going strong, even if it's not quite generating the same buzz as in earlier seasons and despite the messy affair with Bachelor in Paradise back in June 2017. Another season of The Bachelorette is slated to hit the airwaves in May to give Becca Kufrin another shot at happiness after she was controversially dumped in the final episode of The Bachelor Season 22. Arie Luyendyk may go down as the most despised Bachelor leading man since Juan Pablo, but the dramatics led the show to a strong finish in Season 22. The ratings for both the finale and the post-finale "After The Final Rose" special were impressive, and ABC is undoubtedly hoping for more of the same in Season 23.
The Dancing with the Stars renewal for Season 27 isn't exactly a shocker either. The show still manages to recruit celebrities to dance their best each season, and three of its final four Monday airings in the fall 2017-2018 TV season attracted enough of an audience to stand as the top unscripted program in total viewers. The show, hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, won't have veteran Julianne Hough on board in the next season, but ABC clearly still has a lot of faith in the show.
While America's Funniest Home Videos isn't ABC's most talked-about show, it has been a consistent deliverer of ratings for years now. Airing on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, America's Funniest Home Videos is hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro and features user-submitted home videos that deliver laughs that may or may not be worth $10,000. The renewal will take America's Funniest Home Videos into its 29th season, making it the longest-running primetime entertainment show in ABC history.
Child Support is the newest show to score a renewal order. Hosted by Fred Savage, Child Support gives adult contestants the chance to win cash prizes in trivia contestants. The twist comes from the fact that the adult contestants are given the option to ask a group of five kids to answer the questions if they're stumped. Ricky Gervais moderates the panel of kids, and their interactions are always fun.