Wednesday, 28 July 2010


[9.18 - French Time] ABC Entertainment group president Steve McPherson resigned yesterday. The programming exec is replaced by ABC Family President Paul Lee.

Prior to joining ABC Family in April 2004, British Paul Lee was CEO and founder of BBC America. Lee rebuilt ABC Family and must now rebuild the mothership network after a lousy year for its scripted series. A year epitomized by the predictable demise of high concept Lost wannabe FlashForward.

Things are not better for ABC's summer original shows like Scoundrels, an eight-episode dramedy based on Outrageous Fortune - a hit drama from New Zealand ( Not only remaking a cult Kiwi show already unsuccessfully remade twice is certainly not the best idea but Scoundrels's male lead Neal McDonough exited the show three days into the filming (

We'll see how this management shakeup impacts ABC's upcoming slate for 2010-2011. With its new shows like the hyped No Ordinary Family (which looks like a live-action The Incredibles meets Heroes), or a returning show like the struggling unnecessary remake of Kenneth Johnson's classic V.

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