‘The Catch’: Showrunners Exit Shondaland ABC Drama Over Creative Differences

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The creator and co-showrunners of ABC’s “The Catch” are exiting the show amid creative differences with ABC and Shondaland on the direction of the midseason drama.

Jennifer Schuur, who created “The Catch,” and Josh Reims, who was to serve as exec producer and co-showrunner alongside Schuur, have exited the ABC Studios midseason drama. Sources said producers are eyeing “Scandal” alum Allan Heinberg to take the reins as showrunner and exec producer.

ABC declined comment. Sources said the change of showrunner was a collective decision of the network and the Shondaland team after there was significant disagreement with Schuur and Reims about the direction of the show. “The Catch” stars Mireille Enos as a fraud investigator who gets taken in by a conman, and then has to hunt him down before he ruins her career.

“Catch” already underwent another big change post-pilot when “Parenthood” star Peter Krause was tapped to replace Damon Dayoub in the key role of conman Kieran Booth. And Sonya Walger was tapped to replace Bethany Joy Lenz in the supporting role as Booth’s wife and partner in crime.

ABC also made a showrunner change earlier this month on another freshman drama, “Blood and Oil.” Cynthia Cidre exited after a brief tenure as co-showrunner with exec producer Josh Pate. She was replaced by Jon Harmon Feldman.

Showrunner changes in the pre-launch period are par for the course in the high-stakes business of launching a primetime dries. Execs figure that making a change before launch is easier than when a show is already up and running. “Catch” has yet to begin filming as it is slated to alternate with Shondaland’s “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Scandal” in the plum Thursday 10 p.m. slot.

Sources said there was such divergence of opinion between Schuur and Reims and the ABC-Shondaland camp on the story arc and tone of scripts for the show’s subsequent episodes that the decision was made to recruit Heinberg to give him as much time as possible to settle in before filming begins.

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  1. Valerie says:

    I watched The Catch for the first time tonight, and found the background music annoying and distracting, and likely won’t watch the program again.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There’s no disagreeing in Shondaland.

    • Jacques Strappe says:

      It’s hard to disagree with successful ratings. Not everything she touches turns to gold but most does. And Paul Lee is responsible for ABC winning the key ratings demo for non sports programming this past season, the only network to actually show an increase in key demographic ratings, too. So suck it, loser

  3. Carrie says:

    She left probably because everything Shonda Reims touches turns into low quality garbage. Great actors look liken ad actors when they go on her shows. Overacting and melodrama. Ugh.

    • Max says:

      ” everything Shonda Reims touches turns into low quality garbage”

      Are you talking about Grey’s Anatomy (12 Seasons, 13 confirmed) or Scandal (5 seasons, season 6 confirmed)? LOL

  4. Anonymous says:

    When’s Paul Lee’s contract up?

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