First reported by The New York Times, Paul Lee has stepped down as president, ABC Entertainment Group, effective immediately. Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney|ABC Television Group, has named Channing Dungey as Lee's successor as president, ABC Entertainment. Dungey, who is credited with the successful launch of such shows as “Scandal,” “Criminal Minds,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Quantico,” “Army Wives” and “Once Upon A Time,” will report directly to Sherwood. Patrick Moran, executive vice president, ABC Studios, will continue to oversee day-to-day operations, and will also report directly to Mr. Sherwood.
It should come as no surprise that CBS has handed full season episode orders to all four of its new dramas, including the #1 and #2 new series of the season, "NCIS: New Orleans" and "Scorpion," Sunday's #1 scripted broadcast, "Madam Secretary," and the time period-winning suspense thriller "Stalker."
If you're a fan of "Grey's Anatomy," "Once Upon a Time," "Castle," "Modern Family," "The Middle," "The Goldbergs" or "Black-ish" you're in luck: ABC has extended the episode orders for each of the 7 series beyond the typical 22 episodes. Unfortunately, if you got yourself entwined in "Manhattan Love Story" you're in for a big disappointment: ABC has canceled the series after just three airings.
One is a drama, and one is a comedy, but both “How To Get Away With Murder” and “Black-ish” are proving to be quite popular additions to ABC’s lineup — so much so, the alphabet network has ordered additional episodes of each.
Out of the 26 series that ABC had in development for the 2014-2015 television season, the network has given orders to 14 of them. Eight dramas and six comedies. The new series joining ABC's recently renewed veterans include dramas "American Crime," "Forever," "How to Get Away With Murder," ""Marvel's Agent Carter," "Secrets & Lies," "The Astronaut Wives Club," "The Club" and "The Whispers," and comedies "Black-ish," "Cristela," "Fresh Off the Boat," "Galavant," "Manhattan Love Story" and "Selfie."