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Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 8:43PM EST
Is Channing Dungey headed to Netflix?
The departing ABC Entertainment president is rumored to be moving to Netflix, where ABC vets Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris found massive new deals. According to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, "there is nothing official, and it is unclear whether Dungey has even met with the Netflix toppers yet, but she is considered a great choice to join the company’s executive ranks with her strong Hollywood relationships and the respect she has among her peers."
Posted Saturday 11/17/18 at 6:41AM EST
Channing Dungey's surprise exit generated a "shockwave" at ABC, but it was reportedly her decision to leave
Variety reports that the departing ABC Entertainment president was offered a new contract and encouraged to stay. “Everyone is devastated,” one insider told Variety. “There’s a reason Channing was so beloved and respected around town.”
Posted Friday 11/16/18 at 6:23PM EST
ABC shakeup: Entertainment president Channing Dungey is leaving
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Dungey, who became the first African American to lead a broadcast network in February 2016 but is most famous for firing Roseanne Barr earlier this year, is exiting her job amid an influx of Fox executives from the Disney-Fox merger. Dungey will be replaced by Freeform head of originals Karey Burke. Dungey has been working for ABC Studios and ABC Entertainment for 14 years. Dungey became ABC Entertainment president after developing hits like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder as ABC's head of drama development. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Dungey "leaves ABC in better standing than when she took the reins, care of added hits including The Good Doctor. Still, the last few months haven’t exactly been great for the network. The Barr-free follow-up to Roseanne, The Conners, is pulling a fraction of the original series’ ratings, and after the seismic blow of (Shonda) Rhimes leaving ABC Studios for Netflix in 2017, fellow network darling (Kenya) Barris followed suit over the summer. Both showrunners maintain affection for and close ties to Dungey." Burke has overseen breakout shows at Freeform including The Bold Type, Grown-ish and Marvel's Cloak and Dagger. "I’m incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years, and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed," Dungey said in a statement. "This job has been the highlight of my career. While I’ve loved every moment, and knew I could call ABC home for many years to come, I’m excited to tackle new challenges." As TVLine notes, "the move means that four of TV’s broadcast networks have replaced their top executives just in the past three months: NBC’s Robert Greenblatt stepped down in September, Fox named Charlie Collier to replace Gary Newman last month, and CBS’ Les Moonves was fired after a series of sexual harassment allegations."
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
After proposing on the Emmys, Glenn Weiss to co-produce the Oscars with Donna Gigliotti serving as producer
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Hidden Figures producer Gigliotti will helm the 91st Oscars, while Weiss, who directed the past three Oscars, will be elevated to co-producer. Weiss famously proposed to his girlfriend last month while picking up an Emmy for directing the 90th Academy Awards. “Donna Gigliotti has worked on some of the most celebrated films of our time and is uniquely qualified to bring her talent to the most anticipated awards show of the year,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement. “And, thanks to Glenn Weiss, we just experienced the most talked-about moment at the Emmys with his heartfelt onstage wedding proposal. We can’t wait to see how they top that at the Oscars.” ALSO: Could the new producing team design a radical makeover of the Oscars?
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 9:51PM EDT
Grey's Anatomy will definitely allow Meredith Grey to be part of the "Season of Love"
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said Tuesday that Meredith would stay single for the forseeable future. But showrunner Krista Vernoff clarified today that Meredith will indeed try to find love in Season 15. “The question this season, is not ‘Will Meredith Grey find love again,’ but ‘With whom will she find love?'” says Vernoff. She adds that Dungey's comments on Tuesday were in an effort to avoid spoilers "because Shondaland is secrecy land. But as the showrunner, I can confirm for you that Meredith Grey is very much a part of our 'Season of Love.'”
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 9:51PM EDT
ABC boss wants more shows like Brothers & Sisters, plus young adult comedies and reboots
“On the drama side, we are still looking for more soaps, we are looking for escapist programming,” says ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “We are still focused on close-ended storytelling, which doesn’t necessarily mean procedurals though it can. We are looking at family shows.” She adds: "For next season, “we are talking about Brothers & Sisters and trying to see if we can find a way to do that.”
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 9:51PM EDT
ABC boss: The Conners is considering killing off Roseanne Barr's character
Source: Los Angeles Times
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says the writers have to think up a reason for Roseanne Conner's absence. “We obviously had to come with an answer because we have to make the episodes and the characters have to have a point of view,” she says. “We’ve discussed all different versions about what we might do with the character.”
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
ABC eyeing an 11th season of Modern Family, despite its creators wanting to end with Season 10
"Our plan is to end it at 10," co-creator Steven Levitan said earlier this year in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "If we can leave with most of our audience wanting more, I think that's the right way to do it. Never say never, but I just can't imagine that we'd go past that." ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said today at the TV press tour that ABC would be willing to go past 10 seasons. "I think that there is a sense that we all would like to do one more season if we can find a way for a deal that makes sense," she told Deadline. "This current season is the last season that we have the cast, so if we are to do another season there are more deals to be made and we are trying to work through all that.” According to Deadline, the "cast has been approached by the producers with an inquiry whether they would be open to another season, but there have been no formal talks." UPDATE: Co-creator Christopher Lloyd says "we are very open" to a Season 11.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
ABC's Channing Dungey on Roseanne Barr's firing over racist tweet: "In some ways, this was a last straw"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
More than two months after canceling Roseanne and essentially firing Barr, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey says she wouldn't have done anything differently. She also says her decision "wasn't that difficult." Dungey also noted that she had been asked about Barr's Twitter account a year ago. "It's not a secret that she has had a tendency in the past to be sort of outspoken and go off-book," said Dungey. "We've had multiple conversations about wanting to keep the focus on the show and not to let some of the other stuff eclipse the show. So, in some ways, this was a last straw. But it was also such an egregious tweet that it felt like no matter what, there would have been some action that we would have taken." She adds: "I think the swift, decisive action really spoke volumes and I think we're proud of what we did."
- "The Conners’ have started to take a cue from Marvel and Shondaland in terms of holding everything close," says Dungey on the spinoff's secrecy
- Dungey has seen three outlines for The Conners: "What I can tell you us that thematically we will be focusing on a lot of the same themes that we were in the first nine episodes"
- Dungey on Black-ish creator Kenya Barris' exit: He was "frustrated" by the limitations of broadcast TV
- Dungey talks life without Shonda Rhimes, says ABC might add another Marvel show
- Dungey on American Idol Season 2: "We’re hoping this year to do even more of the live shows"
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
Tracee Ellis Ross says ABC's yanking of a Black-ish episode was "frightening"
Source: New York Daily News
The actress says she never got an answer for why ABC shelved the February episode, which tackled the National Anthem Protests. "The details of why the episode was pulled and everything that has surrounded that, I do not have the answers for,” Ross said in a Hollywood Reporter roundtable. “To a certain extent, I have purposefully stayed out of those conversations because I’ve had no power to do something beyond that." Noting that the Black-ish cast is usually involved in the show's content, she added: "I have asked for the information and pushed for the information that I felt would be helpful to me and constructive in what I can do with it, because I find it frightening." Black-ish creator Kenya Barris addressed the pulled episode last month, telling Vulture: "We just had a difference of opinion... I feel like it was something for us that we felt like we couldn’t come to an agreement and mutually decided just to sort of move past it." ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey also said last month that the kneeling "was not even really the issue, but I don’t want to get into that. At the end of the day, this was a mutual decision between Kenya and the network to not put the episode out.”
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris was ready to go "crazy" in protest after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet
Barris, who in recent months has reportedly expressed frustration with ABC in wake of the pulling of a February Black-ish episode, said today he was ready to mount a PR blitz last Tuesday when he found out about the Roseanne tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett to Plant of the Apes. “I was literally coming out of the show and I was like f*ck this. I was going to go crazy. I was going to call my agent and go on (CNN’s) Don Lemon and other shows,” he said today at Variety's Path to Parity summit. But Barris said he first spoke to ABC executives, including ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “I was like, ‘I’m sorry guys’ and then I have to say, the response came in minutes," he said, adding that they told him a cancelation was impending. Barris said Roseanne's tweet was “an indefensible moment but at the same time, you hired a monster and then you asked why the monster was killing villagers."
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Report: ABC heard a Darlene-centered Roseanne spinoff pitch, but it wouldn't be ready by September
Sara Gilbert and fellow producers Tom Werner and Bruce Helford met on Monday with ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey to discuss a potential spinoff focusing on Darlene Conner, according to Variety. While prospects are looking good, ABC still has yet to resolve several issues, including how the network could proceed without Roseanne Barr benefitting financially. There is also the question of when it would launch. The earliest, according to Variety, is November. "Working in the spinoff’s favor," says Variety, "is the belief that curiosity would drive large audiences to the show’s premiere in much the same way that the Roseanne debut benefited from questions over whether and how Barr’s support for President Donald Trump would manifest itself onscreen."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Roseanne Barr tweets "Don't feel sorry for me," retweets fans calling ABC hypocritical
Twelve hours after she apologized and tweeted "I am now leaving Twitter," and nine hours after ABC canceled her hit show, Roseanne Barr was back on Twitter expressing remorse for her show's cancelation: "Don't feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet," she tweeted. Roseanne also urged her followers to "Please don't start all of that boycott abc stuff," adding:" "guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible." Barr's statement followed her retweeting a slew of her Twitter followers who called ABC hypocritical for its cancelation. They pointed to Joy Behar likening Vice President Mike Pence's faith to mental illness on The View, or to Whoopi Goldberg wearing a T-shirt of Trump shooting himself -- which has proven to be fake. Earlier in the evening, Roseanne retweeted racist memes of Valerie Jarrett in defending her comparison of the former Obama advisor to Planet of the Apes. Roseanne also expressed ignorance of the racism in her original tweet by tweeting of Jarrett, "i thought she was saudi." But Roseanne did directly apologize to Jarrett via Twitter, tweeting: "@ValerieJarrett i don't know if u saw it, but I wanted2 apologize to u 4 hurting and upsetting u with an insensitive & tasteless tweet. I am truly sorry-my whole life has been about fighting racism. I made a terrible mistake wh caused hundreds of ppl 2 lose their jobs. so sorry!" UPDATE: Roseanne targeted her colleagues overnight, including Michael Fishman, Sara Gilbert and Wanda Sykes. "You throw me under the bus. nice!" Roseanne tweeted of Sykes, adding: “her tweet made ABC very nervous and they cancelled the show.” Meanwhile, Twitter mocked Roseanne for her Ambien defense.
- Watch Roseanne Barr and the head of ABC joke about her tweets at ABC upfronts two weeks ago
- How ABC decided to pull the plug on Roseanne: Tuesday's tweet was considered "unsurvivable" -- this was the third or fourth time her tweets presented a problem for ABC
- President Trump didn't mention Roseanne during a rally Tuesday night in Nashville
- Roseanne executive producer Tom Werner says he hopes Barr "seeks the help she so clearly needs"
- Roseanne Season 10 contracts included provisions for reckless personal conduct
- Valerie Jarrett received an apology call from Disney CEO Bob Iger before the cancelation: “He apologized. He said that he had zero tolerance for that sort of racist, bigoted comment, and he wanted me to know before he made it public that he was canceling the show," she said on MSNBC's "Everyday Racism in America" special.
- Why Roseanne Barr's bigotry finally became a liability: "Barr’s tweet didn’t suddenly show ABC — or her agency, ICM, which also dropped her as a client — that she was bigoted," says Anne Helen Peterson. "That much was abundantly clear to anyone who wasn’t willfully attempting to convince themselves otherwise. Rather, it showed that her bigotry, like all bigotry, is not a matter of a mischosen word. It’s not a slip-up or an isolated instance. It’s a worldview, and it’s a pathogen: It can be covered up and it can be ignored, but it can’t — without major substantive, contemplative, and personal work — be controlled. And to be uncontrollable in Hollywood is to render yourself a liability to the brand and, even worse, to the bottom line."
- Roseanne's son predicted her downfall -- and supported her view of Jarrett: "Mom will probably Be called racist and fired for this cuz libtards think Muslims are a race but omg is it funny and true hahahahahaha"
- Jimmy Kimmel -- who referred to ABC as "Roseanne-istan" at upfronts -- called the cancelation a "huge blow...we don't have much on this network"
- Trevor Noah blames President Trump "because he makes all of his supporters think they’re as impervious as he is"
- Jordan Klepper mocks Roseanne Barr defenders and their referencing the first amendment
- ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey didn't make the decision alone, but it is striking that she was the one who condemned Roseanne Barr
- ABC's rejected pilots starring Kat Dennings or Ginnifer Goodwin could end up filling the Roseanne void
- What about a Roseanne-less Roseanne? Why few would watch that kind of show
- Barr had long expressed openly racist ideas on Twitter, but there is only a renewed interested in them now because ABC amplified her voice with this reboot
- Alec Baldwin thinks Roseanne deserves another chance: He proposes she give half her salary to the NAACP and her character be forced to confront her real-life actions
- In the long term, keeping Roseanne on air made no sense, especially with its declining ratings and lack of back-end revenue
- John Goodman was photographed looking glum following news of cancelation
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 6:28PM EDT
ABC deserves praise for quickly canceling Roseanne: "This is how you teach civil and moral behavior"
Source: The Baltimore Sun
In fact, ABC deserves "double praise" for a "clean, quick, moral call in a corporate media world drowning in executives talking out of both sides of their mouths," says David Zurawik of ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey's statement that Roseanne Barr's racist tweet is "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values." Zurawik adds: "After decades of seeing network executives bend themselves into knots trying to keep bad people in hit shows on the air, I salute Dungey and ABC for ditching a show that came out of nowhere to make tens of millions of dollars for the network. This is how you teach civil and moral behavior: You make people who transgress the way Roseanne did pay a huge price. You make them pariahs no matter how much it hurts your bottom line."
- Roseanne reruns yanked from Paramount Network, TV Land, CMT -- and Hulu
- Roseanne Barr's ugly hatred isn't new. ABC's rejection of it, however, is: "That the show’s star had become a rabid conspiracy theorist who used her platform to push baseless rumors was brushed off like a mere annoyance, like Barr was an embarrassing grandma the network tolerated with an affectionate eye roll because hey, she’s family," says Cynthia Littleton. "That she had previously made racist statements like the one she made Tuesday was straight-up ignored. The inconvenient truth of the matter is that while the (Valerie) Jarrett insult was particularly awful, it wasn’t a particularly unusual statement for Barr to make. It was, despite her apology that she 'should have known better,' exactly in line with the persona Barr herself has cultivated — one ABC had to be aware of when it decided to get back in business with her."
- This was the problem all along: Having Roseanne back meant having Roseanne back: "If we’ve learned anything from this," says Hank Stuever, "it’s that Roseanne is Roseanne is Roseanne. TV still needs a contrary, cantankerous character from which to tell the story of American life and politics in 2018. But Barr was never the right person for that job."
- Did Channing Dungey being the first black woman network entertainment president make a difference?: "We can never know for sure what would have happened if a white person were in charge of ABC at this moment," says Willa Paskin, "but it strikes me that that person would have been much more likely to administer the aforementioned wrist slap, continuing to put up with the polarizing circus act that is Barr. Dungey, instead, saw Roseanne’s tweet comparing a black woman to an ape for what it was: too much, too far, enough."
- Last August, Dungey said Roseanne's son would take over her Twitter feed: "Why was ABC comfortable with Barr's son running a gross Twitter feed in her name, one that featured a verified check mark and was assumed to be coming from Roseanne? Why was that better?" asks Daniel Fienberg. "When did that experiment with her son running the Twitter feed end? Did anything change? Why does it matter? And why DIDN'T ABC ask Barr to take a break from Twitter? Or to take a break from specific aspects of her Twitter?" Fienberg adds: "Roseanne Barr's Twitter feed has been abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with what should have been ABC and Disney's values since long before the show was picked up, and also subsequently. Barr's Twitter feed has trafficked in vile and disproved conspiracy theories and ample content that walked lines many considered racist or xenophobic or prejudiced or judgement-clouded in a number of ways. She's engaged in hostile and insulting fights with Twitter followers high and low. She's shown no interest in controlling herself."
- Dungey's decision feels like a gutsy move: "It looks like a stand against racism, a line drawn in the sand to delineate what is reasonable and what is not. It even looks like a data point in the 'How do we separate the art from the artist?' debate," says Kathryn VanArendonk, "and it offers a heartening answer: We don’t have to, because, in this case, ABC will not finance that artist. It’s somehow even more heartening because it comes from a massive corporate conglomerate that might lose money by making this decision. It feels remarkably just. It feels decent."
- ABC doesn't deserve all this praise for Roseanne's cancelation when they put her back on TV following her history of racist/homophobic/Islamophobic tweets
- Valerie Jarrett responds to Roseanne Barr tweet on MSNBC's "Everyday Racism in America" forum, calling it "a teaching moment"
- ABC suspends Roseanne's Emmy campaign
- White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to address Roseanne's cancelation, saying there "a lot bigger things going on in the country right now"
- Roseanne's cancelation leaves a huge crater on ABC's fall schedule
- Inside the cancelation: Dungey made the decision with Disney CEO Bob Iger's support -- Disney feared Barr's tweet would hurt its diversity efforts
- Carsey-Werner Television sees its syndication revenue vanish with axing of Roseanne and The Cosby Show reruns
- Michael Fishman tweeted he's "devastated": "I feel devastated, not for the end of the Roseanne show, but for all those who poured their hearts and souls into our jobs, and the audience that welcomed us into their homes...The words of one person do not exemplify the thinking of all involved...I condemn these statements vehemently."
- Tom Arnold praises ABC for Iger for cancelation, saying "I called out Roseanne Barr & her dangerous tweets"
- Bill O'Reilly says ABC had no choice but to cancel Roseanne: "@ABC/@Disney could not continue with the show without insulting millions of Americans"
- ABC quickly removed all traces of Roseanne from its website
- Roseanne could've brought in $60 million in ad revenue next season
- A rerun of The Middle will replace tonight's scheduled rerun of Roseanne
- Celebrities suggest Roseanne-less Roseanne reboot ideas
- Charlie Sheen suggests filling ABC's Roseanne timeslot with a Two and a Half Men reboot
- Before Roseanne was canceled, many media outlets bent over backwards to not use the word "racist" to describe Roseanne's tweet
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 1:56PM EDT
ABC cancels Roseanne after Roseanne Barr's racist tweet
"Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement following the furor over Barr comparing former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape in a tweet this morning. Barr apologized soon after and vowed to quit Twitter. This is the first time ABC has taken action in response to Barr's controversial tweets. ABC's cancelation came less than two hours after consulting producer Wanda Sykes quit the show. This isn't the first time Barr has compared a black Obama administration official to an ape. In 2013, she tweeted that Susan Rice "is a man with big swinging ape balls." A half hour before ABC announced its cancelation, Sara Gilbert reacted to her TV mom's racist tweet: "Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least. This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love— one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member."
- Disney CEO Bob Iger praised the cancelation: "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing"
- Emma Kenney was planning to quit the show after Roseanne's tweet: "I am hurt, embarrassed, and disappointed. The racist and distasteful comments from Roseanne are inexcusable... As I called my manager to quit working on Roseanne, I found out the show got cancelled. I feel so empowered by @iamwandasykes , Channing Dungey and those at ABC standing up against abuse of power and lack of values. Bullies do not win. Ever."
- Shonda Rhimes tweeted praise for ABC's decision: "Thank you, Channing...The terrible part is all of the talented innocent people who worked on that show now suffer because of this. #notjustice...But honestly she got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one."
- Showrunner Bruce Helford responds to cancelation: "On behalf of all the writers and producers, we worked incredibly hard to create an amazing show. I was personally horrified and saddened by the comments and in no way do they reflect the values of the people who worked so hard to make this the iconic show that it is."
- Roseanne Barr dropped by her agency: "We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning"
- Black-ish creator Kenya Barris says "Bye-bye!!!" on Instagram
- Rita Moreno calls Roseanne "a sorry excuse for a human being...Your meanness is staggering and will earn you a ticket to a sad, lonely and sorry life"
- Valerie Jarett was already scheduled to appear on MSNBC tonight as part of a "Everyday Racism in America" special
# TOPICS: Roseanne, ABC, Bob Iger, Bruce Helford, Channing Dungey, Emma Kenney, Kenya Barris, Rita Moreno, Roseanne Barr, Sara Gilbert, Shonda Rhimes, Valerie Jarrett, Wanda Sykes, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups