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ABC’s chief departs just before fall slate is announced

Stephen McPherson who came to ABC in 2004 and is credited with leading the network to great ratings and excellent TV programs (like LOST and Modern Family) has abruptly resigned from the Walt Disney Company. This comes on the eve of ABC’s presentation of its fall schedule to advertisers.

It’s not clear if McPherson resigned for personal reasons, which he claims, or to avoid getting fired after lack luster results from last season and the summer series. It probably didn’t help that “No Ordinary Family” fell flat at Comic-Con. That show was supposed to be a tent-pole property for ABC.

ABC Family lead Paul Lee will now take over ABC Studios and the ABC Entertainment.

More at the NY Times and which had the scoop.