'Forever' Earns Full Season at ABC

Ioan Gruffudd stars as an immortal medical examiner
'Forever'  ABC

ABC is betting on Forever.

The one-hour procedural has landed a full-season order, with the network picking up an additional nine episodes to bring its rookie haul to 22, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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Forever centers on a New York City medical examiner Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) with a secret -- he studies the dead for a reason -- he is immortal. With the help of Detective Martinez (Alana De La Garza), the layers will be peeled back on Henry's colorful and long life through the cases. Lorraine Toussaint, Donnie Keshawarz and Joel David Moore also star.

Chuck's Matt Miller created the series and serves as executive producer, along with Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz and Brad Anderson, who directed the pilot. Warner Bros. TV produces.

Forever has been a reliable performer for ABC on 10 p.m. Tuesdays, opening to 8.3 million viewers in same-day ratings on Sept. 22 before settling in at around 5 million to its two most recent episodes.

ABC kicked off the action on the young season Oct. 9, picking up Shonda Rhimes' highly-rated How to Get Away With Murder and Black-ish for full runs, followed by Fox ordering a full season for Batman prequel Gotham and The CW betting on The Flash and Jane the Virgin. CBS picked up the back-nine for its entire fall freshmen class — Madam Secretary, NCIS: New Orleans, Stalker and Scorpion — while NBC ordered additional episodes for Marry Me.

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