Hart stepped aside just about an hour after refusing to apologize for homophobic tweets that resurfaced after he was announced as Oscars host on Tuesday. In a video on Instagram, Hart said the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gave him an ultimatum: apologize or “we’re going to have to move on and find another host.”
ABC, which is rebooting its iconic series NYPD Blue, also is looking to bring back another 1990s New York cop drama, Dick Wolf’s New York Undercover. The project from Wolf Entertainment is expected to be a co-production between Universal TV, where the company is based, and ABC Studios. Wolf would executive produce.
ABC has finalized its post-Conners midseason game plan, announcing that the Roseanne spinoff will hand its Tuesday lead-off spot to American Housewife beginning Feb. 5.
The network will join ESPN, also part of Walt Disney Co.’s TV properties, for primetime coverage on Thursday and Friday nights, April 25 and 26, from Nashville. NFL Network also will televise those two nights, which include the opening three rounds of the draft.
Channing Dungey’s time as president of ABC was short. But it was certainly memorable — both for moves she made and for shockwaves she and her network attempted to absorb. Her departure makes it a clean sweep across the broadcast networks: Each has lost a top-level executive this year. But Dungey’s story feels most illustrative of the challenges facing networks and their chiefs in an increasingly difficult landscape.
The news was not a surprise to those who know Dungey, who had been wrestling with the decision on whether to stay at ABC or move on when her contract ended early next year, three years after she was named ABC Entertainment president in February 2016.
Ahead of its sixth season premiere this summer, ABC has renewed Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a seventh season. It is believed to consist of 13 episodes, on par with Season 6.