There’s more behind-the-scenes intrigue at ABC’s “Commander in Chief.”
With just a few episodes of the Touchstone drama left to be filmed, Steven Bochco is no longer serving as day-to-day showrunner. Dee Johnson, who’s been with the show since the original Rod Lurie administration, has now taken command of the writers’ room and is serving as showrunner.
Bochco hasn’t exited the series, however. A Touchstone spokeswoman said he remains exec producer of the Geena Davis starrer and that Steven Bochco Prods. is still producing via Touchstone.
In addition, Bochco continues to work for Touchstone via his overall deal with the studio. He’s also busy exec producing the pilot “Hollis and Rae” for ABC.
Bochco declined to talk specifics about the “Commander” situation. Instead, he politely asked a reporter to call Touchstone reps for information about the situation.
Bochco came on board “Commander” in the fall after production delays prompted Touchstone and ABC to force a regime change. Lurie then inked a new overall deal with Touchstone.
“Commander”is on hiatus, but is slated to return to ABC’s sked in April.