Inside move: ‘Max’ showrunners on sidelines

Creative differences between CBS, Prestwich and Yorkin causes switch

Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, the creator-exec producers of big-budget Richard Dreyfuss starrer “The Education of Max Bickford,” are no longer serving as showrunners of the CBS frosh drama.

The two are still coming to work, but “Max” supervising producer Joe Cacaci has assumed day-to-day control of the Regency TV/20th Century Fox TV/CBS Prods. series. Rod Holcomb (“ER”) also remains as co-exec producer.

Change in management comes in the wake of serious creative differences between CBS and Prestwich and Yorkin. Twentieth execs were also said to agree that changes needed to be made in the show’s direction, although the studio believed Prestwich and Yorkin should have been given a chance to make those changes, insiders said.

After a strong start, ratings for “Bickford” have steadily dwindled downward. CBS hasn’t said whether it’ll pick up additional episodes of the costly hour, though the promotion of Cacaci could give the skein some breathing room. Reps for CBS and 20th declined comment.

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