'Revenge' creator leaving

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After a rocky second season, the creator of Revenge is leaving the ABC series. Writer-producer Mike Kelley will exit the show, a network source confirmed.

Revenge doesn’t yet have a third-season order, but the soap is considered very likely to return.

ā€œIn a difficult mutual decision between myself and ABC studios, the end of my current contract will mark my final season as showrunner for Revenge,” Kelley wrote in a statement. “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 [VanCamp] and Madeleine [Stowe] and the rest of the incredible cast, our heroic crew, the dedicated and imaginative producing and writing team, and the tireless post production department … Iā€™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.ā€

Deadline reported that Kelley had been lobbying the network and ABC Studios for shorter seasons, more like a cable-network 13-episode model that broadcasters are increasingly attempting with shows like Fox’s The Following and CBS’ upcoming Under the Dome. We’ve pushed for more shows to try this in the past – for heavily serialized dramas, doing 22 epiosdes a season is creatively extremely tough to pull off.

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