ABC entertainment president Paul Lee, who only claimed the reins last summer, on Monday held court at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. In addition to discussing the renewals (and conspicuous omissions) announced this morning, here are other topics he touched on.
Skating With The Stars | Lee explained away the Dancing spin-off’s poor performance by admitting that the shows were “too similar” and aired “too close together.” SWTS also had the unenviable and “difficult” task of following on the heels of a DWTS season that was “at the height of its power.”
Body of Proof | This Dana Delany-fronted procedural has been in the on-deck circle for a while, but will finally hit the airwaves on March 29. “I wanted to make sure we found a space on the schedule were it could really shine,” Lee said. He also dismissed the suggestion that in the interim, the show has been tinkered with: “No, you are not going to see huge changes.”
Shonda Rhimes‘ Next Big Hit? | Assessing ABC’s development slate, Lee singled out a “fabulous” new drama pilot from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, this one dealing with a crisis management expert. “I call it a procedural, but it’s very character-driven,” he said.
Castle | Lee said that the two-year old drama has “really proved its mettle,” more than holding its own against formidable foes such as CSI: Miami and now Hawaii Five-0. “It’s fun and it’s entertaining, aspirational and bright…. We have a really powerful procedural there.”
V | Lee said that Season 2 of the alien invasion remake got pared down to 10 episodes in the name of “quality control.” Of the new episodes, he said, “We’ve tried to amp up the level of adrenaline… to make it better and better and better.”
Detroit 1-8-7 | Fans of this freshman cop drama shouldn’t fret (yet) that it wasn’t on the list of renewals announced Monday. Lee praised Detroit for doing “what NYPD Blue did in its day,” and that a decision on a pick-up won’t come for at least two months.