ABC is proclaiming strength and consistency as it formulates an aggressive fall 2019-2020 television schedule that the network deems its most stable schedule in over a decade.
First <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/18/business/media/paul-lee-resign-abc-entertainment.html?_r=0" target="_blank">reported</a> by <em>The New York Times</em>, <strong>Paul Lee</strong> has stepped down as president, ABC Entertainment Group, effective immediately. <strong>Ben Sherwood</strong>, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney|ABC Television Group, has named <strong>Channing Dungey</strong> 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. <strong>Patrick Moran</strong>, executive vice president, ABC Studios, will continue to oversee day-to-day operations, and will also report directly to Mr. Sherwood.
When several major theater chains stated they wouldn't be showing "The Interview" upon its Christmas Day release, following threats by hackers who claimed responsibility for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment last month, after it became abundantly clear that the film was at the center of a massive cyber attack on the studio, Sony Pictures reversed its <a title="Presidential Preemption Provides Viewers with New ‘GH’ in Place of Repeat on Christmas Eve" href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2014/12/presidential-preemption-provides-viewers-new-gh-place-repeat-christmas-eve">decision</a> to pull the film altogether and instead opted last week to release the film as planned. As a result, the film has raked in roughly $15 million in online sales and rentals, with more than 2 million downloads, and an estimated $2.8 million in ticket sales from smaller theater chains.
Hot on the heels of Fox and NBC’s release of their fall 2014-2015 primetime schedules comes the reveal of ABC’s fall schedule, which includes several new series (which you can read more about here).
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."