ABC programming chief McPherson abruptly resigns

This photo supplied by ABC shows Stephen McPherson, president of ABC Entertainment, outlining ABC's plans for next season and unveiled the network's 2007-08 fall schedule at this morning's press conference at ABC's corporate headquarters in New York on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 . (AP Photo/ABC/,Donna Svennevik) (AP Photo/ABC/,Donna Svennevik)

July 28, 2010 7:59:48 AM PDT
ABC programming chief Stephen McPherson has abruptly resigned from the network after a six-year tenure in which the network aired such provocative series as "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" but ended last season in third place among the big four networks.