If “Revenge” gets a third season, it will be without its creator leading the way.
Mike Kelley is stepping down from his executive producer/showrunner duties, though he may work as a consultant.
ABC Studios has stated a decision on Kelley’s successor has not yet been made, but “Revenge” writer/executive producer Sunil Nayar is rumored for the job.
Kelley reportedly had lobbied for shorter seasons for the female-driven, contemporary take on “The Count of Monte Cristo,” as opposed to the network TV standard 22-episode seasons.
"In a difficult mutual decision between myself and ABC studios, the end of my current contract will mark my final season as showrunner for ‘Revenge,’” Kelley said in a statement. “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. I would also like to thank Paul Lee, his marketing team, and the creative executives at ABC and ABC studios 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.”
“Mike Kelley created a distinctive series for our studio and network with tremendous passion and dedication," Barry Jossen, ABC Studios executive vp of creative and production, added. "We wish him all the best as he moves on to his next television achievement.”