Why Is Revenge Creator Mike Kelley Leaving the Show?
Earlier this week we reported that the man behind the every red X on Revenge, show creator Mike Kelley, will be leaving the shoreside drama following the Season 2 finale, which airs Sunday, May 12.
The news came as a bit of a shock to loyal fans who viewed Mike as the visionary who brought us iconic characters like Emily Thorne, Victoria Grayson, Nolan Ross, and Sammy the Dog (RIP).
Mike is being replaced by current writer and executive producer Sunil Nayar if the show is renewed for Season 3, but why did this staffing change happen in the first place?
Mike’s official statement tells us little, apart from the fact that the departure was apparently a “difficult mutual decision,” but some reports from Deadline indicate that Mike and ABC didn’t always see eye to eye when it came to this drama.
Apparently the show creator had been lobbying for fewer episodes per season, ideally 13 as opposed to 22. This would have allowed for less annoying hiatuses and better quality per episode.
Fans and critics alike have bashed Season 2 of the breakout drama for veering too far from the original theme and message. Shorter seasons might have prevented this.
Moving the show to Desperate Housewives’ former timeslot on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET added extra pressure to produce the best possible storylines and combining that with the additional episodes proved to be too demanding.
We may never know if Mike was pushed out or left on his own accord, but the Revenge community certainly won’t be the same without him.
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