As first reported by Deadline, Kelley will end his day-to-day involvement in “Revenge” after the Season 2 finale, when his contract expires. Kelley called the news a “difficult mutual decision” between himself and ABC, adding, “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.”
Why is Kelley leaving? There has been no official statement on the reason from either Kelley or ABC, but it may be because the showrunner had wanted to produce “Revenge” with shorter, cable-style seasons. Rumors indicate that the pressure of creating an entire 22-episode season was involved with this switch.
All ABC did say was a statement from ABC Studios executive vice president Barry Jossen: “Mike Kelley created a distinctive series for our studio and network with tremendous passion and dedication. We wish him all the best as he moves on to his next television achievement.”
No names have come up as replacements for Kelley yet.
“Revenge,” a soapy drama about a young woman’s quest for vengeance against those who destroyed her life, airs Sundays at 9pm.