Added by Nigel Shelbourne on January 13, 2011
ABC’s entertainment chief Paul Lee was appointed at the Disney Company owned network last July. He has spoken about his plans to create distinctive programs even if it meant taking risks with programming.
Paul Lee said that he was keen on avoiding cookie cutter television shows even if it meant suffering failures.
He expressed desire to convert ABC into a real network. He emphasized on achieving the status of a show runner network. This phrase is part of television industry jargon and is used to describe producers and creators.
He spoke of the importance of experimentation and necessity of taking risks. He described his support for show runners as an important part of his job. He said that he was prepared to fall flat on his face in his attempts to secure success.
He focused on importance of striking the balance between ambitious shows like “Desperate Housewives” or “Modern Family” and those shows that enjoyed broad popular appeal even if they were not very strong on the creative side.
ABC is tied with NBC for the second place in terms of overall viewership. It currently relies on shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “Grey’s Anatomy” to retain viewer interest.