Ted Harbert was in charge of programming for ABC for several years in the 1990's. He held a similar position for E! Entertainment Television and Style Network until mid-October 2006, when he got promoted to the newly created position of CEO at the Comcast Entertainment Group which added Comcast’s G4 TV, which is aimed at young men, to his portfolio.
In his position at ABC, he was a lightning rod for such decisions as the cancellation of My So-Called Life among other critically acclaimed series. In the case of My So-Called Life, he insists, in a September, 2004 Entertainment Weekly article, that he very much wanted to renew it despite its low ratings; but he says that behind the scenes maneuvering by series star Claire Danes made such a decision impossible.
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