Judy Pastore is replacing Eddie October as an exec producer and the daily showrunner on “The Roseanne Show.”
October and “Roseanne” director Ken Fuchs are ankling to form an indie production outfit, Octoberfuchs.
Pastore, who formally takes the reins on Friday, joined the King World Prods. syndie talker as supervising producer during its pre-launch phase last June.
Given Roseanne’s colorful history of firing production execs, King World brass stressed that October was not being forced out, in spite of rampant rumors of discord on the set.
October and Fuchs, who just earned a daytime Emmy nod for helming “Roseanne,” were under contract to the show for some time, but King World brass agreed to grant an early release.
“We’ve had good times and bad times, like on any show,” said October in confirming his departure. “Now we have a scenario where Ken and I want to start our company and seize the moment, and we’re doing it very amicably and very smoothly.”
Pastore was “the natural choice” to succeed October, said Steven Nalevansky, KW’s senior VP of programming and production.
“We thank Eddie October for a magnificent job well done, and we’re happy to be able to promote from within. Judy and Eddie had an extraordinary partnership, and she has an outstanding vision for the show,” he said.
Nevertheless, “Roseanne” has grappled with low Nielsen numbers and high expectations since its debut. Station managers who committed big bucks to get the show have complained loudly about its underwhelming perf, but King World chairman Roger King says the distrib intends to forge ahead with a second season as called for in its two-year contracts with affils.
Added Andy Friendly, King World’s prexy of programming and production: “We fundamentally believe in our host and we believe in our production team. In this fragmented (TV) environment, it takes time for any new show to be sampled.”