New commander took over 'Chief' last week after Lurie ankled
The Bochco administration is moving quickly to put its stamp on “Commander in Chief.”
New showrunner Steven Bochco has added Alison Cross and Joel Fields to the “Chief” writing staff. Both scribes have worked with the veteran producer.
It’s believed Bochco is talking to at least two other writers about joining his administration. Bochco assumed command of “Chief” last week following the departure of series creator Rod Lurie (Daily Variety, Oct. 10).
Cross teamed with Bochco to create the ABC drama “Philly” in 2001, and also worked with him on the unaired HBO project “Marriage.” She was most recently a co-exec producer on NBC’s “Inconceivable,” which, fatefully, was axed just days before Bochco took over on “Chief.”
Cross has experience writing political drama, having penned the screenplays for the NBC telepics “Serving in Silence” and “Roe v. Wade.”
As for Fields, he was a writer on the first season of Bochco’s FX drama “Over There,” which is awaiting decision on a second season pickup. He also worked as exec producer on the ABC dramedy “Thieves” in 2001, and has written a slew of telepics.