I'm surprised Manny Coto would object to the meaningless killing off of likable characters with deep arcs. He later became the master of such.
Manny Coto "How dare you kill off Trip like that!"
(Becomes producer of 24)
Manny Coto "Okay, in the first episode we kill of two of the most likable, developed characters immediately, and have a third horribly injured so we can unceremoniously kill him off later."