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ABC was one network that had a rough fall. Freshman dramas 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort were quickly cancelled and the All Star edition of Dancing with the Stars didn’t exactly draw ‘all star’ ratings. During today’s meeting with the press at the Television Critics Association, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee discussed the future for the network and looked back on what didn’t work.
“We have a lot to shout about, and we also have a lot to do,” Lee admitted.
DWTS’ poor ratings was a big disappointment for Lee, reports TV Line. “Turns out people want to see bad dancing as much as they want to see good dancing,” Lee said. However, he still wants to do two seasons a year. “It’s still a big, broad crowd-pleaser. We think there’s a lot of life left in it.”
HitFix reports that Lee was happy with the early response to Jimmy Kimmel’s new 11:35 p.m. slot. “There's no question that Jimmy has come out strong and showed he's really going to be competitive in that time slot,” he said.
Lee admitted that ABC loves its unique Tuesday comedies Happy Endings and Don’t Trust The B---- In Apt. 23, even though both are low-ratings performers. “I can tell you these are shows that we love,” he said, but wouldn’t make any promises about their future.
He also showed confidence in Seth MacFarlane, who is hosting the Oscars this year. ABC will be broadcasting the ceremony live next month. “...I think he’s going to bring a lot of that energy to [the show]. And with the movies [that are nominated], I’m sensing we’re going to have a very entertaining Oscars,” Lee said.
As for S.H.I.E.L.D., the first TV component in Marvel’s cinematic universe, he said that the Joss Whedon show has been fast-tracked, notes The Wrap. He was excited about the script and its potential.