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Revenge Faces Prospect of Third Season Without Creator Mike Kelley

By on April 23, 2013
Madeleine Stowe and Henry Czerny in ABC's Revenge

Madeleine Stowe and Henry Czerny in ABC's Revenge

ABC’s Revenge may be gearing up for a trademark explosive season finale, but if it returns for a third season next year it will be without series creator and Executive Producer Mike Kelley at the helm.

Deadline broke the news late yesterday that Kelley had stepped down from his position as Revenge showrunner in a “a difficult mutual decision” with Revenge producer ABC Studios.

Kelly has long been an advocate of shorter cable-style episode orders over ABCs standard 22 episode season, admitting that he mentally breaks each season into blocks of 11 episodes which provide intriguing cliff-hangers that could stand as season finales. (Think the sinking of the Amanda, and Victoria’s cautious whisper to Daniel on the beach in season one, “Don’t say a word!”)

While some speculate that the pressure to produce 22 quality episodes per season may be the deciding factor behind Kelley’s departure, the former showrunner was generous in his praise of the cast and crew. “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,” Kelley told Deadline. He also thanked Paul Lee, ABC president, his marketing team and the creative executives at ABC and ABCS “for their profound support throughout this journey. I’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.

Kelly may stay on as a consultant if the show scores a third season.