5 of 8 original scribes let go
New “Commander in Chief” commander-in-chief Steven Bochco has put the finishing touches on his writing cabinet.
Five of “Commander’s” eight original scribes were let go last week as Bochco looks to make his own mark on the show.
Continuing from the show’s original Rod Lurie-led team are exec producer Dee Johnson — who had more recently been running the writers’ room — as well as Scoop Cohen and Stuart Stevens.
They will now work with Alison Cross and Joel Fields, the veteran Bochco staffers who were added to the “Commander” team last week (Daily Variety, Oct. 12).
Bochco is said to have desired a smaller staff on the show. With no further plans to hire more bodies, the show will now operate with six scribes, including Bochco.
Even before leaving day-to-day operations at “Commander,” Lurie — who continues as an exec producer — had moved away from the writers’ room to focus on directing episodes of the show.
Bochco takes over “Commander” with its seventh episode, currently targeted to run during November sweeps. The TV vet joined the show after Lurie agreed to step aside and bring in seasoned producer Bochco to make sure “Commander” runs smoothly.