'Malibu Country': Showrunner Exits After Creator's Departure

"Malibu Country" has lost its second showrunner in its debut season, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The show's writer-producer Nastaran Dibai -- who took over for creator Kevin Abbott as the showrunner of the Reba McEntire-fronted comedy in November -- is also leaving.

"Malibu Country," which stars McEntire as a newly-divorced country music singer who moves to the West Coast for a fresh start, has already wrapped production on its first season.

The series has averaged 7 million viewers and a 1.7 rating on Friday nights, where it's coupled with Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing." The decent numbers put "Malibu Country" on the bubble for a second season. If ABC did opt to renew "Malibu Country," the hunt for a third showrunner would be on.

"Malibu Country" is the second ABC series to lose its showrunner in two days: "Revenge" creator Mike Kelley stepped down from his showrunner post on Monday. "In a difficult mutual decision between myself and ABC studios, the end of my current contract will mark my final season as showrunner for 'Revenge,'" Kelley said in a statement.

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