Television: Commander in Change

Geena Davis' drama is the hot political show du jour. But can it survive its own cabinet shake-up?

It was a U.S. President -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt--who campaigned on the slogan "Don't change horses in the middle of the stream." On Commander in Chief, the nation has to: the President dies, and Vice President Mackenzie Allen (Geena Davis) succeeds him. But the presidents of ABC and Touchstone Television made the call to change horses themselves. CiC--following on Lost, Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy--was an immediate hit for the resurgent network. But creator Rod Lurie was having trouble with the grind of TV production. He was producing, writing and directing and was badly bogged down in minutiae. Scripts came late;...

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