ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee took to the Television Critics Association stage in Beverly Hills this morning, teasing a few significant plans for a few major shows and also releasing a handful of key air dates.
GREY'S ANATOMY, Lee said, likely isn't going anywhere any time soon.
“[Shonda Rhimes] is planning a number of [season's] out… We would like to see it on the network for many years to come.” Lee declined to comment on the future of original castmembers like Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey (whose contract expire in May), saying, “If I commented on who is coming in and out, I think Shonda would yell at me.”
REVENGE, meanwhile, has a new showrunner and Revenge Season 3 is expected to have a tighter focus.
Sunil Nayar will “bring to us a slightly less complicated" overall arc, Lee tease. "The first episode back is a fantastic episode starting with a magnificent hook.”
On NASHVILLE Season 2, Connie Britton’s Rayna will “really drive plot,” Lee said. “That particular rivalry with Connie and Hayden['s characters] is coming to a head. We’ve only seen a couple of outlines and a script, but we’re really happy with it.”
With midseason drams such as Killer Women on tap, Lee also revealed that the aforementioned dramas and other programs will take extended winter hiatuses. They will then return (with almost only new episodes through the end of the season) on the following dates:
- Nashville: February 26.
- Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal: February 27.
- Once Upon a Time and Revenge: March 9.