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Veasey running ‘District’

Multi-hyphenate hopes to inject more fun into show

Producer/director Pam Veasey has taken over as showrunner on CBS’ Saturday night drama “The District.”

Veasey has written and directed a number of episodes of “The District” over the last three years, working her way up to executive producer last season.

The promotion makes Veasey one of the few African American female showrunners in primetime TV, particularly drama.

“I’m very looking forward to it, I love the show and the characters,” she said. “This season we’re going to continue to do issues and add more fun and goofiness.”

The Universal Television/CBS Prods. drama stars Craig T. Nelson as the cantankerous police chief in Washington, D.C. Veasey continues to exec produce alongside Denise DiNovi.

Key this season will be replacing the void left by the series’ Lynne Thigpen, who died suddenly this spring. Veasey called Thigpen the “heart and soul” of “The District.”

“We’re still trying to develop a new character at this point,” Veasey said. “That’s probably my biggest challenge this season.”

Veasey hopes to also bring back Jean Smart (who plays Nelson’s character’s ex-wife) more often; Jaclyn Smith also returns as a lawyer.

Veasey, who’s repped by CAA, was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Organization of Black Screenwriters. Her other credits include producing “Rude Awakening,” “The Gregory Hines Show” and “Nash Bridges.”

Additionally, she was an executive producer and head writer on the sketch laffer “In Living Color,” which earned her two Emmy nominations.

“The District” was created by Terry George and Jack Maple. Tom Spezialy and Peter Lenkov serve as co-exec producers, while Oz Scott has joined the show, alongside Bruce Zimmerman, as surpervising producer.

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