After failing to deliver a ratings breakout in recent years, a key drama executive is getting the boot at NBC, TheWrap.com reports. Laura Lancaster, the network’s executive vice president of drama programming, is leaving after six years on the job.
NBC, which has been struggling in fourth place in the ratings, told Lancaster of the decision Monday, the story notes.
While some dramas have been successful, such as "Smash" and "Grimm," others, including the high-profile "The Playboy Club" and "Prime Suspect," failed, the piece notes.
During Lancaster’s time at NBC, however, the network also debuted popular shows including "Friday Night Lights" and "Heroes." Lancaster was promoted to her role in 2006 after working as a programming executive at NBC Universal Television Studio, where she was credited with developing shows such as "House."