'Revenge' Creator Mike Kelly Leaves Showrunner & Executive Producer Role

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April 23rd, 2013

Revenge Season 2 Premiere Emily in Red

Revenge creator Mike Kelly will be stepping down as executive producer/showrunner at the conclusion of the series' second season. ABC has not yet named a new showrunner for season three. In a statement, Kelly said:

In a difficult mutual decision between myself and ABC studios, the end of my current contract will mark my final season as showrunner for Revenge.  Helming this series has been the ride of a lifetime, and my producing partner, Melissa Loy, and I will look back on our Revenge time with deep gratitude and respect for Emily and Madeleine and the rest of the incredible cast, our heroic crew, the dedicated and imaginative producing and writing team, and the tireless post production department," said Kelly in a statement. "I would also like to thank Paul Lee, his marketing team, and the creative executives at ABC and ABC studios for their profound support throughout this journey. I'm excited about finishing post production on the season two finale, which I hope will stand among the best episodes of the series thus far. Continued success to all.

  • Watcher

    So not only are ABC a bunch of ignorant idiots when it comes to scheduling, they are pretty much bullies too? They will kill #Revenge now

    Granted S2 has had its missteps but in the hands of ABC they will ruin it. This show is his baby, getting rid of him is a huge mistake. They are going to kill the show now.

  • ihatemax

    Revenge was a show with so much potential , but they complicated season 2 too much and not in a good way. I am in for complicated storylines with a meaning but not unnecessary ones… I hope this means good things for the show and a step in the right direction.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Mike wanted to do 13-episodes season order like cable network but ABC rejected.ABC always stupid as usual.

  • WoWza

    I hope show still stays intense. It really was teh breakthrough of last season.

    It has potoential to be a great , it just needs to have moer emily centric episodes . no more Conrad bull.

  • israelCD

    Hope REVENGE recovers because this has been such a disappointing season

  • gerry

    just as the show’s focus is returning… too bad. get greg berlanti!

  • Just Now

    I read why Mike Kelley is leaving Revenge. In the article he stated “he wanted Revenge to run with 13 episodes instead of 22 and work the show in a cable format”. Which makes sense. S1 of Revenge was the best scripted show and water cooler buzz. This season has been a huge disappointment. I thought Emily Van Camp, Madeline Stowe, and Gabriel Mann were great last year now it seems as though there is little chemistry at all. I think it has been 4 weeks since a new Revenge and I Sunday it returns with only 3 episodes left. I do know that is why I dislike abc. I watched Revenge only because I saw the previews on ESPN while watching Football. ABC is the worst network, do not get attached to a show. I was a fan of V they put it up against AI and NCIS and BL never promoted the show kept it off the air for 8 months for some stupid reality show called skating with the stars it got cancelled after a couple of weeks.
    I think Paul Lee is an idiot at abc. Revenge season 3 will be its last. Emily Van Camp and Madeline Stowe need to hope it gets cancelled, they can get other roles.

  • Kris

    Most network shows would benefit from 13 episodes instead of 22.

  • Just Now

    The cable format is the way to go. You run the shows consecutively, a long hiatus does not kill a show a network kills the show by scheduling, changing what day and time and casting or just bad writing.. The networks are in a time warp Nielson ratings system is outdated
    most people dvr a show and watch it with out interruptions. The 9pm shows are being recorded. The major networks are now competing with cable shows that have 3to 4 million viewers, for some reason the abc, cbs, nbc and even Fox have yet to realize it’s not 1970 anymore. They need to look at dvr viewing before they cancel a show. The networks need to sell the show to netflix if they want to make money.

  • Bookworm

    Mike should have been smarter in his approach. Shonda Rhimes also liked the 13 episode order because of the cable feel but she end up with a 22 season order for Scandal.

    Do you know how to fix that? Put two seasons in one! Scandal has two different major story lines that were featured in Season 2. She wrapped up the first one in the 13 episode order and moved onto the second one in the remaining 9. Her logic between them was to put a few months gap in the middle of the season.

    That is risky but it worked since the ratings remained the same and it kept fans entertained and engaged.

    I’m sorry to see Mike step down but I think that this shows us that ABC is far from happy with Revenge and the direction the show has gone in. I don’t doubt its renewal but there will be a major revamp. The shorter episode order is better for all writers and creative minds but very few major networks would waste their time with constantly having a 13 episode order in the fall schedule. The Summer schedule can get away with it but fall , not so much.

  • zerg

    After 6 years they found 3 hit dramas(OUAT,Scandal and RV) now RV is dead, season 3 will be a mess, and OUAT isn’t recovering and it will fall even more next year aganist the Olympics and the Awards..GJ ABC

  • Brad

    The cable way is NOT the way to go.

    13 episodes means Seven Season to get to syndication levels. That isn’t going to happen. Plus you have the long, 7-8 month wait between Seasons.

  • Ron

    This is why in another 5 years or so network dramas will largely be extinct if things don’t change. People are used to 13 episode seasons aired without breaks. It worked with Lost and 24 so I don’t know why ABC won’t do the same with Revenge, Scandal etc.

  • Fred

    Maybe Revenge will be better off next season. Like a new fresh coat of paint.

  • davie

    That’s interesting. I wonder why Kelly now wanted to go in the 13 episode direction now after 2 seasons in? I mean I pretty much agree with everyone else that 13 episode seasons are usually the way to go, but it makes sense why ABC said no. They’re 44 episodes in and don’t only need 2 more 44 episode seasons for a potential syndication deal. Plus more episodes for Netflix and all that. If they would’ve gone the 13 episode route they’d have be looking at another three and a half seasons.

    I’ve never seen Revenge, just found this interesting (Showrunner shake ups usually are)

  • davie

    22 episode seasons*

  • DW

    6 5 episode seasons and a movie. :)

  • Justin

    I agree a show serialized show like Revenge should be aired consecutively. Having a drama that runs for 13 episodes on network TV should be a thought that should be entering network head’s minds right now since most successful cable shows usually do that with NO breaks. This, however is a pity for Revenge since it had so much potential. Here’s hoping that season 3 can make a comeback.

  • Cle

    I think ABC thinks RVG has potential to be a great show with a new revamp..

  • Cle

    And certianly it will return with a 3rd one with a big change in storyline… hope this move may be a better one…

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