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Tension on the Set Leads to Shakeup for ABC Drama Deadline

An ABC drama series is undergoing a big change behind the scenes, with the show’s creator stepping down. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that "Revenge" creator Mike Kelley, who serves as executive producer and showrunner, is stepping down.

Kelley may stay on as a consultant, the report notes.

"Kelley called the departure, which comes at the end of his current contract, 'a difficult mutual decision' between him and 'Revenge' producer ABC Studios,” Andreeva writes.

She adds: "I hear Kelley, who created the cult CBS drama 'Swing Town' before taking a crack at a female-driven contemporary take on 'The Count of Monte Cristo' with 'Revenge,' had been lobbying for shorter seasons for the heavily serialized drama. From the get-go, he had argued with ABC and ABC Studios that 'Revenge' was much better suited for cable-style orders instead of the standard broadcast 22-episode seasons."

Andreeva also notes: "I hear the pressure to churn out 22 episodes a season while maintaining the quality has taken a toll, sometime causing tension on the set and ultimately leading to Kelley’s decision to move on."