HOLLYWOOD — Robert Singer (“Falcone”) has signed on to serve as exec producer-showrunner of the new CBS drama “Hack,” which is getting a behind-the-scenes makeover before it even premieres.
Singer replaces helmer-exec producer Thomas Carter and scribe-exec producer David Shore on the Big Ticket/Pariah/CBS Prods. skein. Creator David Koepp (“Spider-Man”) and Pariah’s Gavin Polone remain exec producers.
“Hack,” which stars David Morse as an ex-cop turned taxi-driving vigilante, shoots on location in Philadelphia, while scribes remain based in Los Angeles. The difficulties associated with a two-city production convinced Eye execs that the show needed the services of a showrunner exclusive to “Hack,” which Carter was not.
Shore apparently quit “Hack” rather than report to Singer, according to Eye insiders familiar with the situation.
A producer shakeup so early in a show’s production life usually indicates network or studio displeasure with the skein’s creative direction. A CBS spokesman indicated that wasn’t the case with “Hack.”
“David Koepp’s vision is now being executed by a new leader,” he said. “The show has great actors, a great concept, and we’re behind it 100%.”
In addition to “Falcone,” Singer also exec produced the Eye skein “Turks.” Other credits include ABC’s “Timecop” and “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” as well as NBC’s “Reasonable Doubts” and “Midnight Caller.”
Endeavor-repped Singer most recently worked with CBS and Polone on the unsold WWII drama pilot “Sam’s Circus.”
“Hack” premieres Friday at 9 p.m.