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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.
Fans of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder" are likely going through withdrawals while anticipating the return of their favorite TGIT dramas, as evidenced by a newly released promo from the network with stars from all three shows reminding viewers of the Thursday, January 29 return of each.
DIRECTV and The Walt Disney Company gave subscribers of the top satellite provider an early Christmas present with word that the two companies have reached a new multi-year deal that'll provide high quality entertainment to millions of viewers via DIRECTV Everywhere and Authenticated WATCH Services. The deal with DIRECTV concludes Disney's negotiations with the top ten pay-TV providers.
NBC recently announced premiere dates for its upcoming midseason dramas “Allegiance, “A.D.," "The Slap" and “Odyssey,” while also slotting the second season of summer hit “Night Shift" and comedies “One Big Happy” and “Undateable," which also aired in the summer and is returning for a second season. "The Blacklist," starring James Spader, will move from Mondays to Thursdays, where it will anchor an all-drama block on the network for the first time in decades. The lineup will compete against ABC's all-drama lineup consisting of "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder," which have all helped the network win the Thursday crown in the key Adults 18-49 sales demo so far this season.After returning to NBC immediately following the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 1, "The Blacklist" will move to Thursdays at 9:00 PM, ET/PT beginning February 5 with brand new episodes. The series will be preceded by eight-episode...
On Tuesday, December 9, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced the nominees for the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards. For the first time since at least 1994, when the category was first recognized, no actor or actress from a daytime drama series was nominated in the Outstanding Actor or Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series following the organizations decision not to include the categories this year. Representatives for the NAACP have yet to officially comment on the matter at press time.
Nazanin Boniadi, who portrayed Fara Sherazi on Showtimes "Homeland" during its third and fourth seasons, has been cast as the lead in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed remake of "Ben-Hur" for MGM and Paramount Pictures, reports Deadline. The actress previously portrayed the role of Leyla Mir on ABC's "General Hospital" and SOAPnet's "General Hospital: Night Shift."
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.