Various excerpts from articles on Hollywood Reporter.com
‘Agent Carter’ Lead Hayley Atwell to Star in ABC Drama Pilot ‘Conviction’
Things don’t look great for the ‘Agents of SHIELD’ spinoff securing a third season.
ABC’s Agent Carter is about to face its toughest opponent yet: the bubble.
Star Hayley Atwell has booked the lead role in the network’s drama pilot Conviction, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Conviction tells the story of Carter Morrison (Atwell), the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former president, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.
Add to that a less than impressive Marvel contribution to the network — Agent Carter is limping to its likely end — the inability to make what should have been a slam dunk in The Muppets work.
Why ABC Entertainment Boss Paul Lee Left The Job
“We needed some fresh air and some fresh thinking, and we believe that ABC can do a lot better,”
Ben Sherwood Disney/ABC TV Group president is said to have pushed Paul Lee (ABC entertainment President), who has stocked ABC with soapy serials, to consider other types of programming, including more closed-ended hours or multicamera comedies (More like CBS in other words) that would repeat better and provide more potential aftermarket value from syndication and international Yup definitely the CBS business model IMO. Lee is said to have resisted requests to think beyond the linear schedule and be more cognizant of financial ramifications of his programming decisions; instead, he maintained a focus on “sticky” dramas and single-cam comedies that satisfied him creatively.
In early 2015, the ABC chief (Paul Lee) was enjoying a stellar season in which his big bet on diversity with series including How to Get Away With Murder, Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat and a Shonda Rhimes Thursday block were yielding critical and commercial successes. The same cannot be said for his 2015-16 season, which, with the exception of FBI drama Quantico, has been lined with disappointment. The Muppets cratered quickly, while pricey biblical epic Of Kings and Prophets got pushed and Wicked City and Blood & Oil proved immediate flops. By mid-February, ABC had fallen to last place among the Big Four, down 14 percent in the 18-to-49 demo year-over-year.
If Paul wanted to take a big swing like Galavant [a sweeping period musical comedy], he felt like that was within his right. And for Ben, it was like, ‘Well, that’s never going to make money. I appreciate the creative swing, but what’s thinking on that beyond it looks like a fun show?’ “
Thansk to The Hollywood Reporter.com for the above excerpts