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.