Helford exits ‘Someone’

Bruce Helford, creator and exec producer of the new Disney-NBC series “Someone Like Me,” has left the show, which premiered on Monday.

Helford’s exit was attributed to creative differences with the studio.

Disney confirmed his departure, saying co-exec producer Ruth Bennett would move up to helm the series, with Helford remaining a consultant. The show is produced by Sandollar Prods. and Mohawk Prods. in association with Disney’s Touchstone wing, with Sandollar’s Sandy Gallin, Gail Berman and Stu Sheslow also serving as exec producers.

“Someone’s” first episode scored solidly with teen and young-adult audiences, while falling about 5% in households off its “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” lead-in. The series stars 11-year-old Gaby Hoffmann (“Sleepless in Seattle”) as the outspoken daughter of baby-boomer parents.

Two episodes were shot prior to Helford’s exit, and a third was scheduled to tape Wednesday evening.

Before teaming up with Disney and creating “Someone Like Me,” Helford served as exec producer on “Roseanne.”

The studio has undergone exec producer changes early in production on several series this season, including “These Friends of Mine,” which premieres later this month on ABC, and Fox Broadcasting Co.’s “The Sinbad Show.”

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