Maxine, the female lead in the ABC comedy series “Maxine and the Great Circus Mystery,” has officially signed on to a long-term deal with NBC, sources confirmed to FOX Sports.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.ABC is also in talks with a slew of female-led series for its upcoming fall season.
The network has yet to name a replacement for Cunningham.ABC has already signed off on two of the upcoming fall seasons, which will debut in November, and will also air in 2018.ABC also has the option to make a third season of “Maxie” if it chooses to.
The comedy centers on Maxine and her circus circus pals, who get caught in a nationwide circus-themed death game that puts them in danger of falling into the “black hole” if they don’t hit the winning coin flip.
Maxine is also a professional wrestler.
The series will be the second for Cunningham after her breakout role in the 2013 hit “Dancing with the Stars,” which grossed more than $1.1 billion worldwide.ABC had previously announced plans to end the comedy after the 2018 season.
However, the network has already renewed the comedy for two more seasons, with a 2018 premiere slated for later this year.ABC said in February that it would continue the comedy with a new character, “The Mummy,” as well as a reboot of “Wedding Crashers.”