Commander Brings In New Chief

By Garth Franklin Sunday October 9th 2005 08:40PM

Veteran producer Steven Bochco ("NYPD Blue") has been recruited to take the showrunner reins of ABC's promising freshman drama "Commander in Chief," Touchstone confirmed Friday says The Hollywood Reporter.

"Chief," which stars Geena Davis as the first female president of the United States, has undergone behind-the-scenes changes during the past few weeks as series creator-executive producer Rod Lurie turned his attention from supervising the writer's room to directing "Chief" episodes.

With Bochco coming on board, Lurie will remain an executive producer on the show but will move on from day-to-day involvement with "Chief" to develop new projects for Touchstone.

Whilst reviews have been lukewarm for the series, dubbing it "The West Wing Lite" and citing good performances but somewhat simplified and jingoistic scripting, ratings in its competitive time slot have been good with 16 million viewers tuning into the pilot, a number that increased to 16.7 million for its second episode.

Thanks to 'Crust'.