Ugh, we should have figured the money men at ABC would look for anyway they could do bastardize one of the few shows left worth watching live.
An ABC executive explains the network’s plans:
“We’ve been talking about this for a couple of years now,” says ABC marketing exec VP Mike Benson. “We want to keep it alive but make sure we maintain the integrity of the franchise. We’re not about milking this thing for all that it is right now; it’s important to see this live for years to come.”
To be sure, no one from the original show would be involved with any sequel or spin-off, unless of course the money was just too darn good to pass up. My gut feeling, however, is that most of the creative talent will be happy to stretch their feet elsewhere.
“Damon and Carlton laid such groundwork, it’s going to be a challenge for us, and we have to rise to the occasion,” [executive Marla] Provencio says. “We have to find different, creative and innovative ways to keep the fans happy and to keep the franchise healthy.”
If you read between those lines, you’ll see the words MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.