ABC Boss Surveys Skating With The Stars Slip-Up, Castle's Success and More

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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  1. I’m not holding out high hopes for V I do hope he gets renewed however.

  2. Stacie says:

    I’m really not an angry person, but for some reason I wanted Skating with The Stars to fail. I was actually upset at the show for some strange reason. I watch DWTS and other ABC shows, but for some reason I hated that they put a show like this on the air. Maybe because it was so close to DWTS and I thought they were being greedy, or becuase it has been done before and was terrible, either way I am glad they realize their mistakes and won’t put it on.

    I remember when American Idol was at their highest peaks early on and they had all those copy-cat shows, with the little kids and other stuff like that, that upset me too. I honestly think I have to stop watching TV, I get to emotionally drained by it. :)

  3. Melanie says:

    GO CASTLE & GREY ANATOMY!Is desperate housewives renewed a well?

  4. Sheri Goldberg says:

    I am really surprised to hear the news that Brothers and Sisters may be in trouble. You can’t get better than Sally Field and the cast is terrific. Sure it gets a little silly at times but look at Desperate Housewives. I hope ABC looks really hard before dismissing this wonderful family drama.

  5. CC says:

    YAHOOOOOOO Castle Season 4!! Outstanding!

  6. athena says:

    Go Castle!!! So happy!

  7. cathy says:

    Please give Detroit 187 a chance. It’s such a good show! Don’t cancel!!!

  8. Fred says:

    I would bet any amount of money that Desperate Housewives will see an 8th season, and probably a 9th as well. It is still one of the most popular scripted shows on tv overall and with the 18-49 demos. I realize it is a very expensive show (star salaries), but I am sure it is making $$. Love this season way more than the 5th and 6th. Vanessa Williams is AMAZING!

  9. Carl says:

    I’m glad Paul Lee seems to like 187, maybe he will go to bat for them when the times come.

  10. Robert Levy says:

    Re:Detroit 1-8-7

    Detroit 1-8-7 was the first network show I have watched since 1999.
    The ABC (Absolutely Beyond Comprehension)Network would rather go back to the pap they have been feeding us for the last ten years.
    Shows with childish themes that only a 9 year old would enjoy on a good day and that is a streach at best.When Newton Minnow(FCC chairman under JFK) in the 1960’s said TV was ….”a vast wasteland” he was refering to ABC and all the others. ABC has not fielded a good drama since the early 90’s.Trust me it’s more fun to pull weeds that watch anything they might to offer.