ABC Entertainment boss Channing Dungey’s pursuit usually got a bit tougher.
Dungey, a initial African-American to conduct programming during a vital promote network, canceled her network’s top-rated uncover of a 2017-18 TV deteriorate on Tuesday, “Roseanne,” after extremist tweets by a show’s star, Roseanne Barr.
Dungey couldn’t have taken an movement of that bulk in a vacuum. She reports to Disney-ABC TV Group arch Ben Sherwood, who in spin answers to Disney CEO Robert Iger, who publicly corroborated a decision, tweeting, “There was usually one thing to do here, and that was a right thing.”
Still, stuffing a remarkable hole in ABC’s primetime lineup is a charge that will mostly tumble to Dungey, whose network finished a deteriorate with a bit of movement interjection to a ratings success of “Roseanne” and to a obtuse grade “American Idol” and a new play “The Good Doctor.” The pierce also creates doubt during a impulse when a networks are negotiating ad deals for a entrance season, that strictly starts in September.
Dungey, 49, was named boss of ABC Entertainment in Feb 2016. Prior to that, she oversaw play growth for a network, where she was concerned in rising many of ABC’s long-running series, including “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.”
Dungey has been closely aligned with “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes — she initial worked with a writer during a early days of “Grey’s Anatomy” — though ABC was jarred when Rhimes entered into an disdainful agreement with Netflix for all destiny series. Despite that arrangement, Rhimes continues to furnish several existent shows for ABC.
Rhimes was among those who took to Twitter to regard Dungey for holding what was seen as wilful movement in canceling “Roseanne.” “Thank you, Channing,” Rhimes tweeted, while Dungey’s sister, singer Merrin Dungey — whose new credits embody HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and Fox’s “The Resident” — also voiced support, tweeting, “My sister is a BALLER.”
When “Roseanne” premiered to an suddenly vast audience, Dungey and Sherwood credited a module to an beginning undertaken in a arise of a 2016 election. As Dungey told a New York Times, a idea was to residence “economic farrago and some of a other informative groups but a possess country. That’s been something we’ve been unequivocally looking during with eyes open given that time.”
Dungey’s reign during ABC has been no foreigner to controversy, including a preference to pull an episode of a sitcom “Black-ish” that dealt with a discuss over NFL players kneeling during a inhabitant anthem, and shutting down — before eventually resuming — prolongation of a existence uncover “Bachelor in Paradise” in 2017, after allegations of misconduct involving dual contestants.
Dungey’s stream position includes slip of all programming for ABC primetime as good as late night. A UCLA graduate, she assimilated ABC Studios in 2004, after operative in underline films during several prolongation companies and during Warner Bros.