EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have inked a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios where they have been since 2010. At the studio, the duo served as executive producers on ABC’s medical drama Off The Map, as executive producers/showrunners on ABC’s GCB and most recently as consulting producers on another soapy ABC series, Revenge, this past season. Under the new pact, Berg and Harberts will serve as executive producers on the upcoming third season of Revenge, which is undergoing a showrunner transition, with executive producer Sunil Nayar replacing creator Mike Kelley.
ICM Partners-repped Berg and Harberts previously served as executive producers/co-showrunners on the NBC medical drama Mercy, as co-exec producers on the ABC dramedy Pushing Daisies and created/executive produced the WB dramedy Pepper Dennis.
ABC is changing things up in scheduling some of its serialized dramas. Taking a page from the cable model, the network will air what ABC president Paul Lee called “a selected group” of dramas in two uninterrupted runs, one in the fall and one in the spring, bridged by limited series. The series that will follow the new scheduling pattern include Once Upon A Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and likely Revenge, with others TBD. So far, the network only has set up a bridge series for Once, new adventure reality series The Quest. Lee said such bridge series won’t necessarily be all unscripted. Two cycles of 12 episodes would bring the total orders for the shows to 24, which is hard on a complex, serialized drama, but Lee indicated that number has not been set in stone. He said that the network is looking to further shake up the traditional broadcast scheduling model with “quality launches” throughout the season. Lee also said that new fall drama Betrayal is designed as a limited series, airing 12-13 episodes a season. The same applies to midseason drama Resurrection, which will replace it in the Sunday 10 PM slot in midseason.
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Actor Gabriel Mann has signed with Jeff Berg’s Resolution Entertainment. He was at APA. Mann co-stars as tech billionaire Nolan Ross on the ABC drama Revenge. He will next be seen in Diego Luna’s Chavez, a biopic … Read More »
ABC‘s soapy drama Revenge has not been officially renewed for a third season. But when it is, it will be without creator Mike Kelley at the helm. After serving as executive producer/showrunner for the first two seasons of the drama series, Kelley is stepping down from day-to-day responsibilities though he may stay on as a consultant. Kelley called the departure, which comes at the end of his current contract, “a difficult mutual decision” between him and Revenge producer 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 Emily (VanCamp) and Madeleine (Stowe) and the rest of the incredible cast, our heroic crew, the dedicated and imaginative producing and writing team, and the tireless post production department,” Kelley said, also thanking ABC president Paul Lee, his marketing team, and the creative executives at ABC and ABCS “for their profound support throughout this journey.” “I’m excited about finishing post production on the season two finale, which I hope will stand among the best episodes of the series thus far. Continued success to all.” Read More »
Dancing With The Stars just returned this week for its 16th cycle, and today ABC announced that the reality competition series will head off the dance floor this season May 20 with a performance show and on May 21 with a live two-hour results show. Additionally, new reality series Splash will end its freshman season May 7, Revenge will wrap its second season May 12 and fellow drama Red Widow will end its first season May 5. The network announced other shows’ season enders: Check out the full list so far from ABC here: Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: We will be seeing a lot more of Emily’s (Emily Van Camp) mystery guardian Aiden Mathis on ABC‘s Revenge. Barry Sloane, who has been playing the role on a recurring basis since the beginning of Season 2, has been promoted to a regular starting with Episode 14 and will appear in all episodes of the series’ back nine. Additionally, there is an option for Sloane to continue as a regular next season should the soapy drama be renewed for a third season. Read More »
On November 11, viewers of the ABC primetime soap will see original interstitials with cast members in the retailers’ new holiday fashion collection. Instead of the usual ads, Target and Neiman Marcus will be the sole … Read More »
Revenge Comes To Turkey
A local Turkish version of Revenge will trade Dune Beach for the Bosphorus. Disney Media Distribution says the local production will be titled Intikam and air on the country’s biggest free-to-air net, Kanal D, in early 2013. Kanal D and Discovery are co-producing. Turkish actress Beren Saat will play the Emily Thorne role with Mert Firat as the Daniel Grayson character. Twenty-two episodes of the Turkish take on ABC Studios’ hit guilty pleasure are scheduled for Season One. Other re-versioned ABC shows produced in Turkey include Desperate Housewives and Private Practice.
Warner Bros, Canal+ Group Announce Output Deal
Canal+ Group and Warner Bros. Entertainment France SAS announced the exclusive agreement today. It grants exclusive Pay TV rights to Warner Bros.’ first run movies and to library features on all Canal+ Group Pay-TV channels (CANAL+, CINE+, Comédie+ and Jimmy) and their associated catch-up services. Beginning in September 2013, the programming will be available on multiple screens (connected TV, game consoles, smart phones, tablets) and multiple services at home or on mobile, live or on-demand. The upcoming Warner Bros. films that will be available include Ben Affleck’s Argo, Trouble With The Curve, Gangster Squad, Cloud Atlas, The Hangover, Man Of Steel and The Hobbit. Read More »