Ben Sherwood Succeeds Anne Sweeney at ABC





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

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    1titanman

    @ 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.

  2. Avatar of Yoryla
    Yoryla

    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.

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    FoxCrane

    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/

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    pumpkin

    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.

  5. Avatar of js3557
    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.

  6. Avatar of thecourt99
    thecourt99

    [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?

  7. Avatar of js3557
    js3557

    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.

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