“Crossing Jordan” teammates Jon Cowan, Robert Rovner and Kathy McCormick are taking over the show’s reins next season.
Cowan, Rovner and McCormick will serve as exec producers and co-showrunners on “Jordan,” replacing creator Tim Kring. Kring will continue to serve as an exec producer, but is shifting focus to his buzzed-about drama pilot “Heroes,” which is expected to score a series order from the Peacock.
Also continuing as exec producers are helmer Alan Arkush and Dennis Hammer.
As part of the pact, Cowan and Rovner have sealed a two-year deal with NBC Universal TV Studio, while McCormick has pacted with NBC U TV Studio for a year. All three are committed to the show next season; Cowan and Rovner will also develop new projects for the studio after that.
“Jordan,” starring Jill Hennessy as a Boston medical examiner, enters its sixth season this fall. Cowan, Rovner and McCormick have all been with the show for years, making the transition a smooth one, Kring said.
“I didn’t want to look to the outside for somebody to come in on what is a well-oiled machine,” Kring said. “The idea was to create a unique situation where together they’ll take over the day-to-day duties of running the show.”
NBC Universal TV Studio prexy Angela Bromstad said Kring had “the long view in mind” in grooming the trio to succeed him.
“What Kathy brings is tremendous procedural backgrounds and a solid female point-of-view, while John and Robert … bring great character and story sense,” she said.
Kring said he’s still waiting to see where “Jordan” ends on the schedule next season. With football taking over “Jordan’s” Sunday night slot in the fall, the show will either have to move to another night, or be held back for midseason.