HomeTVABC DaytimeBen Sherwood Succeeds Anne Sweeney at ABC Jamey Giddens March 24, 2014 15 Comments The Mouse House has found Anne Sweeney's successor. ABC News President Ben Sherwood has been tapped as the new Disney/ABC Television Group prexy. Sherwood will also inherit the title of co-chairman, Disney Media Works. Sherwood's star has been on the rise in conjunction with Good Morning America toppling Today in the Nielsens. Here's hoping this guy is a better friend to daytime soaps than his predecessor was. It should be noted, Sherwood was the cat allegedly pushing for Good Afternoon America to take over General Hospital's timeslot a few seasons ago. Photo credit: ABC 15 Responses Jon March 24, 2014 He’s got that nebbishy Brian Fons look about him, don’t he now? Log in to Reply MeltStuff March 24, 2014 Great another white straight male. Exactly what corporations need more of. Log in to Reply 1titanman March 24, 2014 @ Melt Stuff I think he Jewish if that a consolation Hmmm. He has his work cut out for him if he can turn ABC around in a good way. Log in to Reply bobbyew March 24, 2014 He looks like he is twirling his sinister moustache already. Brian Frons on steroids! Log in to Reply soapjunkie88 March 24, 2014 Ouch. Doesn’t sound good to me. Let’s hope he doesn’t find an excuse to get rid of ABC’s last remaining soap anytime soon. Log in to Reply Yoryla March 24, 2014 Well, at least if he’s had something to do with the GMA show, it’s a good accolade. That show is one of the best there is in that category. And who said he’s straight??? Lol. We all know that in the executive level those things always happen behind closed doors. This should in fact push GH even more to fix what is ailing the show right now. Because they are going to need all the ratings they can get in order to survive. Those ratings aren’t going to come with the style they have been going for the last two or three months. Log in to Reply bobbyew March 24, 2014 Yorla I have to respectfully disagree.GMA is trash! Log in to Reply FoxCrane March 24, 2014 One potential positive is that at least it sounds like he might have some respect for the creative process of fictional storytelling. According to Variety, at one point in his career, he took a break to focus on writing. His novel, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, was eventually turned into a film. Short interview with him at Amazon under the Editorial Review section for the book: http://www.amazon.com/Charlie-St-Cloud-Ben-Sherwood/dp/055338693X/ref=la_B001HD302Y_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395691958&sr=1-2 Also, his author website: http://bensherwood.com/ Log in to Reply MeltStuff March 24, 2014 @Yorla he is married to a woman. But it is a consolation if he’s Jewish! Log in to Reply pumpkin March 24, 2014 I think each network will stick with one soap. How long, is anyone’s guess. People are watching nighttime and netflix/hulu more and more. This is irony as far as oltl/amc are concerned. They gain every year. I prefer watching when I want and not recording. Stopped recording years ago at this point. Log in to Reply brettyboy March 24, 2014 Oh no, not good, he looks like he hates soaps to me :-p Log in to Reply Cyberologist March 25, 2014 Isn’t this the dude that wanted to replace GH with a news show…Good Afternoon America? Log in to Reply js3557 March 25, 2014 I’m confused as to why people are judging him based on a photograph. You people know nothing about him or how he feels about soaps. Relax and judge him by his actions, not his looks. Log in to Reply thecourt99 March 25, 2014 [quote=js3557]I’m confused as to why people are judging him based on a photograph. You people know nothing about him or how he feels about soaps. Relax and judge him by his actions, not his looks.[/quote] They are also judging his actions. The article says that he was one of the main guys pushing GAA over GH. Which means that at one point in time, he didn’t want GH on the air. Does he feel that way today? Who knows? Log in to Reply js3557 March 25, 2014 thecourt99 – it says that he “allegedly” was pushing for the time slot. Until that is a proven fact and not gossip, it’s wrong to judge him on that snippet of unsubstantiated gossip. If it turns out to be true, then by all means go after him with online pitchforks and I will be right there with you. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.