DEVILS: We Knew Frons; Alternative is Dummer
Posted by Kevin Mulcahy Jr.
One of the criteria was "Greenlight power. Can the person get a show on the air?" Apparently, she's got the power. Unfortunately, for every new show, there's one that was cancelled. Can we infer that Dummer is equally well-known for "making room" for her unscripted, alternative, "reality" shows?
Dummer and Saade didn't have any freshman breakouts this season; it just seemed that way. "Dancing With the Stars" and "The Bachelor" hit series highs, and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Wife Swap" and "Wipeout" have held up, making up for slight disappointments like "Shark Tank" and "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution." "We're constantly putting on fresh paint and tweaking the engines," Saade says. (In the case of "Stars," that meant wearing less clothing and bringing on a new co-host, Brooke Burke.) The duo credit their Midwest roots for their sense of what clicks with reality audiences. "Vicki and I both grew up in Ohio," Saade says. "That gives us the perspective of America."
A perusal of her tweets indicates that she's a relative newbie, but when she does speak her mind, her passion for boosting unscripted TV (even at the expense of scripted) comes through loud and clear. On May 24 she tweeted, "@Equill @MichaelOrland slightly hurtful re: #DWTS!! You need to watch" and on June 10, "RT @usweekly: Awkward alert! Jake Pavelka and Vinna Girardi reunite on Bachelor Pad 2... http://goo.gl/JljlG."
By far, her most ominous tweet was on May 24: "@Equill CASTLE and BODY OF PROOF are good shows, but it wouldn't hurt to support ABC reality, now would it?" What's she going to tweet the next time May sweeps rolls around? Maybe something like...
REVENGE and GENERAL HOSPITAL are good shows, but it wouldn't hurt to support ABC Reality, now would it?
Below is Vicki's official ABC bio. What do you know about Vicki Dummer? Please share with us in the comments section, below.
Executive Vice President,
Times Square Studios,
Current Series & Specials,
ABC Entertainment Group
Vicki Dummer is executive vice president, Times Square Studios, Current Series & Special for the ABC Entertainment Group. Reporting to Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, Ms. Dummer is responsible for entertainment programming for syndication and ABC Daytime, as well as the development of new programming focused primarily in the areas of non-scripted lifestyle and health. She also oversees all current series and special programming for ABC's primetime block. Prior to assuming her current role in December 2011, Ms. Dummer was senior vice president, Current Series & Specials, ABC Entertainment.
Previously Ms. Dummer was senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night, ABC Entertainment, since June 2009. In that position she was responsible for the development and oversight of numerous programs, including the "Academy Awards," the "American Music Awards" and the "Country Music Awards," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Supernanny"," "Secret Millionaire" and "Wipeout." Before joining the Alternative Series & Specials department, she honed her skills in the arts and entertainment industry.
Ms. Dummer began her career at ABC in October 1996 in the Comedy Series Programming department. She worked on several of ABC's most popular series, including "8 Simple Rules," "According to Jim," "Dharma & Greg," "The Drew Carey Show," "Less Than Perfect," "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire."
Prior to joining ABC, she was a senior program specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. She has also held posts as executive director of a statewide service organization for dancers and performance artists, and was manager of a modern dance company.
Ms. Dummer received a Bachelor of Arts in arts administration from Ohio State University.