Abrams and his apparent decisions appears to indeed be becoming the biggest divisive factor. I find it interesting that to start with a great many people were quite enthusiastic about his involvement, but slowly and surely, things are coming to light they personally don't want and he becomes the devil incarnate. Not that there's hard evidence for everything he's being accused of, but when has that ever gotten in the way of a good witch-hunt. Anyway, we'll all see the results in May.
Although I don't recall Abrams being involved with Dawson's Creek', he did create 'Felicity' though.