While Revenge hasn’t been renewed for a third season yet, it’s fully expected to be. The show’s ratings have dropped in season two but ABC needs new dramas and this season’s crop has essentially been a bust. Only Nashville will likely survive to see a second season and it’s hardly a hit.
When (technically if) Revenge does return for a third season, it will be without the show’s creator as showrunner. Mike Kelley has been steering the series for the first two series and is stepping down from day-to-day duties. He may stay on as a consultant.
Kelley called the departure “a difficult mutual decision” between he and ABC Studios.
According to Deadline, Kelley had lobbied for shorter seasons for Revenge, believing that it was much better suited for cable-sized seasons. The pressure of producing 22 episode seasons supposedly caused tension on the set, uneven storylines, and ultimately Kelley’s decision to step down.
A replacement hasn’t been named but it looks like writer/executive producer Sunil Nayar will get the job.
What do you think? Are you sorry that Kelley is leaving? What have you thought of this season? Are you still watching Revenge?