The network also struggled with new show Wicked City, giving the drama the dubious distinction of being the first fall show canceled.
For a network to keep its momentum building, "you have to add a couple of assets" each year, said Lee, pointing to freshman hit Quantico, which is "a real asset for ABC", especially given its strong delayed viewing growth. Lead Priyanka Chopra "is a quintessential ABC star", he said. Lee won't see the revised pilot for The Catch, which is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, until next week, but said, "If you like TGIT, you'll like The Catch".
ABC President Paul Lee spoke at the 2016 winter Television Critics Association press tour about the decision to pull The Muppets off the air and what he thought some of the issues with its initial run were. "You're in a much worse place in these jobs if you're not taking big swings and you're trying to eek out some B-pluses", he stated, before directly addressing of the series' demise: "It didn't find an audience, and we didn't have any belief that it would in the long term".
Given the critical disappointment and November showrunner change, Lee was ready to field a Muppets question with a degree of candor.
Newman, who replaced Bob Kushell on the show, joined the comedy for the last six episodes. "It's a solid comedy, but we didn't quite feel it had the joy, the laughter and the heart that we were looking for, and we thought that Kris Newman would be a great person to bring that in".
"We have very high hopes for it and hope that they're going to be as good as the scripts are", said Lee. He added that he wasn't concerned about FX's similarly named "American Crime Story" anthology series, which will focus on O.J. Simpson's murder trial during its first season.