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Two ABC shows will be undergoing a major overhaul behind the scenes if they get renewed. Soap opera Revenge will be without its creator, while Reba McEntire's freshman sitcom Malibu Country will have a new showrunner.
Deadline confirmed on Monday that Mike Kelley will not be back to oversee Revenge if it gets a third season. Kelley called it a “difficult mutual decision” made by himself and ABC Studios. “Helming this series has been the ride of a lifetime, and my producing partner, Melissa Loy, and I will look back on our Revenge time with deep gratitude and respect” for stars Emily VanCamp and Madeline Stowe," Kelley said.
The site suggests that Kelley and ABC disagreed over the number of episodes for each season, with Kelley preferring a shorter season. However, ABC continued to press for a full 22 episodes each season, a difficult task for the executive producer/showrunner.
CBS News reports that Revenge has averaged just 7.3 million viewers during its second season, which airs on Sunday nights.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly confirms that writer/producer Nastaran Dibai is leaving Malibu Country. Dibai was actually the show’s second showrunner after creator Kevin Abbott left in October.
Malibu Country’s first season averaged 7 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating on Friday nights.