Commander In Chief takes a vacation

By Colin Mahan

Feb 10, 2006

ABC announced today that it is taking the Golden Globe-winning Geena Davis drama, Commander In Chief, out of its 9 p.m. Tuesday time slot and is replacing it with George Lopez and According to Jim. The move is designed to give the freshman political series, which has been plagued with schedule irregularities, an unbroken string of episodes.

"We believe in Commander In Chief and want to do what we think is best for its long term prospects. With this new schedule, the show will return with a healthy run of seven straight episodes in the spring," said ABC executive vice president of Program Planning & Scheduling Jeff Bader in a statement.

Commander In Chief premiered to so-so ratings in September. But the ratings improved over the next several weeks, enough so that ABC gave a full-season order. Due to production delays, which kept the show sporadically off the schedule, Chief's ratings sagged against Fox's red-hot medical drama House. In October, ABC fired show creator Rod Lurie and voted in veteran TV producer Steve Bochco, creator of Hill Street Blues and Over There. In January, Davis won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Mackenzie Allen, the first female US president.

Commander In Chief will return April 18. Another White House drama, NBC's West Wing, ends its seven-year run this season.

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  • Lazmut Mar 28, 2006

    Where are you C in C.
    It is time for Present Geena to RETURN

  • Lazmut Mar 28, 2006

    Want C in C BACK (Commander in chief),
    get over with the vacation - Americans only have 5 weeks at most vacation
    so
    Geena ---
    It is time for President Geena to return to the White House - America is WAITING for your return anxiously.

  • loraynejim Mar 22, 2006

    We just love this show!! Please don't ever remove it or place it against another popular show. We're looking forward to April 18th when it'll be back!!

    Lorayne Himebaugh loraynejimhim@netscape.con

  • AnarchyKM Mar 22, 2006

    It's way too smart for the average American. I hope it'll stay off the air since it sabotages all our republican propaganda!

  • jimtwest3 Mar 15, 2006

    Commander In Chief was a great show. It has great actors, great writers, and dealt well with some thought provoking issues. Taking Commander In Chief off the air was the dumbest move ABC has done in years. The show replacing it is really dumb. I have stopped watching ABC on Tuesday night. If ABC is attempting to aim their shows at the lowest common denominators, they are succeeding. Somehow I thought ABC was better in tune with it's viewers. Taking a winning show like Commander In Chief off the air was really dumb. They lost me as a viewer for what it is worth.

  • Roysadowski Mar 13, 2006

    Can't wait for CIC to return. Let's not wait til April.. Bring it back NOW. This show keeps you coming back for more. I'm sorry but George Lopez and According to Jim are not up to the level of CIC. CIC is good programing.. Now let's get back to good programing and stop playing around with George and Jim.

  • Phaker Mar 07, 2006

    If the makers of Commander in Chief learned the lessons of the West Wing they would learn: DONT FIRE THE SERIES CREATOR! The West Wing has gone down hill since Aaron Sorkin left the show. The show got a dark tone and lost it's playful dialogue. While still a good show it wasn't the same show. The makers of Commander in Chief would do well to help the writer further his vision and not give in to what the people want. That is how groundbreaking television is made.

  • rubyred67 Feb 24, 2006

    did anyone ever stop to think that this might actually be a political ploy? What good can it serve to have a politically charged TV show about the first-ever FEMALE U.S.President when polls show that our nation is poised to actually accept that as a possibility. Perhaps the writers and the spin docs out there feel that the series is so close to a possible reality that it could negatively impact a potential run by a female candidate in the next big election year. Hmmmmm, I'm big on conspiracy theory, have quite the active imagination...but for once I would say this is not a bad conspiracy. They gave the nation a taste for what it might be like to see a woman in the oval office. They put human face on her and her family, showed the realities of a powerful woman having to balance family and the Free World. Now all the polls are in...over 70% of the people polled feel it is time for a woman to take a stab at being President. The show quietly slips off the air, and CNN picks up the story of a REAL woman working her way into the REAL Oval Office. For once it might mean that the media can really have a positive influence on world events (instead of calling a presidential election before the final chads have fallen)! Hmmmm....

  • rubyred67 Feb 24, 2006

    did anyone ever stop to think that this might actually be a political ploy? What good can it serve to have a politically charged TV show about the first-ever FEMALE U.S.President when polls show that our nation is poised to actually accept that as a possibility. Perhaps the writers and the spin docs out there feel that the series is so close to a possible reality that it could negatively impact a potential run by a female candidate in the next big election year. Hmmmmm, I'm big on conspiracy theory, have quite the active imagination...but for once I would say this is not a bad conspiracy. They gave the nation a taste for what it might be like to see a woman in the oval office. They put human face on her and her family, showed the realities of a powerful woman having to balance family and the Free World. Now all the polls are in...over 70% of the people polled feel it is time for a woman to take a stab at being President. The show quietly slips off the air, and CNN picks up the story of a REAL woman working her way into the REAL Oval Office. For once it might mean that the media can really have a positive influence on world events (instead of calling a presidential election before the final chads have fallen)! Hmmmm....

  • Sholabay Feb 22, 2006

    Why can't this network keep a good show on the same night at the same time. The West Wing was great, then it was never on when it was supposed to be on (according to TV guides in newspapers) and now the same thing is happening with Commander in Chief.

    If you want viewer loyalty, then work for it. Show us a little loyalty.

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