ABC’s troubled White House drama Commander in Chief is under fire again: Exec producer Stephen Bochco, who took the reins from creator Rod Lurie back in October 2005, has been replaced as showrunner by Dee Johnson, a veteran of the series since its premiere last September.
The rumor mill has been abuzz that Bochco refuses to take notes from the network; creatively, the amped-up testosterone level on the series has resulted in an almost asexual portrayal of the first female president. In February, ABC put the show on hiatus to make way for its new comedy, Sons & Daughters.
Bochco, who will retain his executive producer credit on Commander in Chief, won’t be a lame duck on the Disney lot; under his rich development deal with ABC’s sister production studio, Touchstone, the NYPD Blue vet is developing a drama pilot called Hollis and Rae for fall.
Despite the behind-the-scenes shakeup, an ABC insider said the series is still scheduled to return April 18.