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Viewers expect smart, quality storytelling from the network, Lee said.

Unlike its three chief rivals, ABC lost viewers last season as serialized hits like “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy” started aging. There also was a failed effort to replace “Lost” with the similarly mysterious “Flashforward.”

Yet the network’s biggest risk of last fall _ filling Wednesday with four new comedies, including “Modern Family” _ was a success.


ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.