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Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 05/13/2012

ABC picks up ‘Happy Endings,’ ‘Scandal,’ ‘Private Practice,’ cancels ‘Missing,’ ‘The River’ [UPDATED]

“Happy Endings” was renewed for another season. (Mitch Haddad - ABC)

After picking up a number of series earlier in the week, ABC continued the renewals on Friday afternoon.

Comedy “Happy Endings,” along with reality series “Wife Swap” and its slightly more disturbing spin-off, “Celebrity Wife Swap,” will all return for another season. Same with the never-ending “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

Shonda Rhimes tweeted that her Washington-set drama “Scandal,” based on crisis management pro Judy Smith, has been renewed for a second season.

ABC also confirmed that its competition reality shows “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Bachelor” will return again, along with “Shark Tank.”

Also renewed by ABC: “Modern Family,” “Suburgatory,” and “The Middle,” plus dramas “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Revenge,” “Castle” and “Once Upon a Time.”

UPDATE: ABC also gave pick-ups to Rhimes’s “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off “Private Practice,” Dana Delaney’s “Body of Proof,” James Van Der Beek comeback vehicle “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” and Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing.”

Not so fortunate: “Missing,” “The River,” and “Pan Am,” which were officially canceled.

As for new dramas, ABC has picked up “Nashville,” a soapy drama set in Music City; “Red Widow,” about a family embroiled in organized crime; action series “Last Resort”; “Zero Hour,” chronicles a magazine editor in the middle of a giant conspiracy; and “666 Park Avenue,” about a beautiful yet apparently haunted historic apartment in New York.

In comedy world, ABC’s got “Malibu County,” starring Reba McEntire as a scorned wife/country music singer who uproots her kids from Nashville to California; “How To Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life,” which is self-explanatory; “Neighbors,” about a group of people who might be aliens; and “Family Tools,” which stars Kyle Bornheimer as a guy who inherits the family handyman business.

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