CW downsizes, sheds comedy division

The CW is combining its drama and current programming departments and eliminating its comedy division.

In what's being described as a companywide restructuring, the net laid off 25-30 employees Monday afternoon. The goal is to concentrate scripted programming into one department, sources said. Comedy head Kim Fleary and her lieutenant, Steve Veisel, are among the departing employees. It's not yet clear who will lead the combined scripted department. Michael Roberts and Thom Sherman, who currently serve as executive vp current and drama, respectively, are staying on. The unscripted division will remain unchanged.

The news came Monday afternoon, hours after the network announced the renewal of six series for next season -- including soapy teen freshman drama "Gossip Girl."

(Source: Hollywood Reporter

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