Is ''Commander in Chief'' in trouble?
One month into the TV season, and the most watched new drama is already in trouble. On Oct. 7, ABC replaced Commander in Chief creator-executive producer Rod Lurie with TV veteran and NYPD Blue creator Steven Bochco. Sources close to the show say production delays were a big factor; Lurie, who was directing episodes in addition to writing them, had just wrapped his sixth episode as October began (most first-year dramas have six episodes in the can by launch time). And networks feared a Moonlighting scenario, where the creator can’t even fulfill the 22-episode requirement for a season. Translation: more reruns, fewer original shows, dwindling viewers.
Lurie — a film veteran who created the short-lived 2003 ABC drama Line of Fire — had a premonition about both directing and writing the series. ”I don’t feel it’s a burden,” he told EW last summer, ”though now you got me thinking. If it all falls apart, will it become the Rod Lurie fiasco?”