In an OMG twist that wouldn't seem out of place on one of ABC's TGIT dramas, Paul Lee abruptly resigned as ABC Entertainment president today and was replaced by Channing Dungey.
There's a new president of ABC Entertainment. Channing Dungey, who was evp of drama development, movies and miniseries for the network, replaces Paul Lee, who resigned today as president of the division.
ABC had a mixed fall, with a fledgling hit in Quantico, as well as the season's first canceled series in Wicked City. But ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee said today that the best is yet to come this season for the network.
Even with all the seismic changes in the television business over the past several years, some things remain constant: For the broadcast networks, everything still revolves around the fall season, which officially kicks off Sept. 21. Over the next two months, the nets will roll out 22 new shows, plus 58 returning series.
ABC has gotten its groove back in recent seasons thanks to its stable of series from Shonda Rhimes, as well as several other shows that are connected to its Disney corporate family. The network airs two Marvel shows (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
After unveiling a 2015-2016 schedule that looked remarkably similar to this season's, ABC's upfront presentation today lacked any big surprises.
After a season in which ABC gained a lot of momentum, thanks in large part to its Shonda Rhimes-fueled TGIT lineup and freshman hits like Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat, the network is making minimal changes to its 2015-2016 prime-time schedule, it a
ABC has had little reason to smile over the past dreary decade, as it often has found itself bringing up the rear among viewers ages 18-49. Its sole upfront highlight is usually Jimmy Kimmel's annual skewering of the network and its perpetual ratings woes.
ABC has changed mainstream television's diversity makeup more than any of its broadcast counterparts in recent years, and executives say the commitment is paying off not just in ratings, but also in quality.