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Topic: Paul Lee

ABC President Doesn't Air Disney Content Just Because the Company Asks Him To

Paul Lee gets ready for fall

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…

ABC Plays It Safe at Its Upfront, but Jimmy Kimmel Takes No Prisoners

Network makes few moves but leaves big impression

After unveiling a 2015-2016 schedule that looked remarkably similar to this season's, ABC's upfront presentation today lacked any big surprises. But more of the same was just what the advertisers and…

As It Builds Momentum, ABC Stays the Course With a Conservative Fall Schedule

Network keeps four nights intact, plans Muppets update for fall

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,…

How ABC Got Its Groove Back (Only Partly Because of Shonda Rhimes)

Paul Lee on 'smart, emotional television' and plans to 'reinvent reality'

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…

ABC's Success With Diversity Comes From Focusing on Creators, Not Just Stars

'It's our job to reflect America'

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…

Upfront Upheaval: ABC Creates an All-Shonda Rhimes Thursday Block

Hit-maker signs 4-year contract extension with ABC Studios

It’s Shonda Rhimes’ world; everyone else just lives in it. The creator of the ABC franchise drama Grey’s Anatomy and the scorching Beltway caper Scandal is getting her very own night,…

ABC Re-Ups Paul Lee

Disney gives entertainment chief a vote of confidence

With just a month to go before it pitches its 2014-15 upfront slate, ABC has re-upped entertainment president Paul Lee. The genial Brit has signed a new multiyear deal with the…

ABC Yanks the Cord on Mind Games

Tuesday 10 p.m. is becoming yet another trouble spot for network

ABC has pulled the plug on the Christian Slater drama Mind Games after just five episodes. The third new ABC series to fail to catch on in the Tuesday 10 p.m. slot—it was…

Anne Sweeney Is Leaving Disney

18-year vet says she wants to direct

The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced that Anne Sweeney is leaving the company, effective January 2015, so that she may pursue her dream of directing television. An 18-year Disney veteran,…

ABC Gives Full-Season Orders to The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife

In-house comedy gets the nod over Back in the Game

ABC has tightened up its comedy lineup, giving full-season orders to freshman sitcoms The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife, ordering an additional four episodes of Super Fun Night and closing the…

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