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NBC VP of Drama Programming is Out After Six Years

What happens when you’re the person behind such NBC duds like Prime Suspect and The Playboy Club?

You get shown the door after six years with the network.

NBC executive vice president of drama programming Laura Lancaster was let go, according to The Wrap, though the network declined to confirm her exit Monday afternoon:

Lancaster attended this year’s upfront presentations and touted the second season of “Smash,” and two new shows, “Revolution” and “Chicago Fire,” both of which will debut in the fall.

Lancaster was promoted to her position in 2006 after being a a programming executive at NBC Universal Television Studio. In that post she was credited with developing the hit shows “House” and “Crossing Jordan,” among others.

Seems odd that NBC would have Lancaster presenting at upfronts, only to dump her months later. We all knew The Playboy Club was a flop months ago — why make the programming change now?

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