CW redoes rejected ABC pilot

A two-year-old pilot that ABC passed on is getting a second life at the CW. Capital City, from Commander in Chief creator Rod Lurie, will be completely redeveloped by the new network.

Capital City tells the story of a young woman who begins a long, eye-opening journey into politics. In the original ABC pilot, filmed in 2004, Leslie Bibb starred in the lead role, and supporting roles were filled by such big names as Peter Fonda, David Paymer, Tom Berenger, and Mary Steenburgen.

ABC passed on the project, and now CW has picked up the script and will start from scratch. Lurie is again writing and executive producing the pilot script and will direct if the pilot gets picked up, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Commander in Chief, which told of the first female US president (Geena Davis), premiered in September 2005 to solid ratings but was plagued with production delays and behind-the-scenes problems. The show was scheduled sporadically and ratings fell, leading to ABC's decision not to renew it for a second season.

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Since ABC has cancelled Commander-in-Chief the only other show that is anywhere near worth watching is Boston Legal. In fact, if not for Boston Legal I wouldn't even watch ABC period. I don't know what kind of problems ABC was having getting Commander-in-Chief produced and on-air, but if I had anything to say or do about it some heads would roll! To all ABC execs I have this to say to you: Go see a shrink to have your head examined because there is something wrong with you, that's for sure!!!!!!!!!
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I never found politics very exciting but I did love Commander in Chief. It was excellent show with well developed characters. I would have like to see what kind of stunts Templeton would have pulled to surcumvent the re-election of Mac.It's failure makes me think "the people" just weren't ready for a female president. I hope the new show is given a chance and is as good or even better then Commander in Chief.
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Commander in Chief was a fabulous show. Correct the problems and give it it's own time slot, where it would have a better chance of succeeding.
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I greatly enjoyed Commander in Chief and am very disappointed that it's been cut. I'm so sick of the so many TV programs with murder, rape, kidnap, torture, not to mention the dead bodies on slabs and the autopsies! (Groan) How can this be considered "entertainment"? Thank goodness for Tivo and Netflix. As for Commander in Chief, I thought Gina Davis and Donald Sutherland were awesome together. The original version was well done, but began to lose energy in the later episodes. I'll look forward to the new version. Exec's, just please keep our woman President a heroine and not a victim.
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One way you can always tell if a show is off the air is when leads appear in other shows as leads. When the son, for example, now a 10th lead on 'Shark' as the boyfriend, I checked it out. To my disbelief CIC is gone. (But I was also surprised when the same fate fell to 'Smith', and many other great shows after it.) I wasn't looking forward to another West Wing, but Donald Sutherland is awesome -- it would have been nice to see those two go after each other during an election. If you're reading this you obviously have way too much time on your hands so if you want to indulge yourself in great television, check out Battlestar Gallactica. I'd recommend you watch the first 2 seasons first though (on DVD). Much different and better than the original story.
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Just because the series was rejected by a network doesn't deem it a bad.
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CW is bringing back a failed pilot? And yet they have shows from the WB and UPN that are proven and they're not bringing them back? How incompetent can the CW execs get?

One show that comes to mind - Reba. The WB's HIGHEST rated sitcom, and yet it's only a mid-season replacement? And CW brings back 7th Heaven, who had their finale and we all expected it to be over, but here it is again for season 11? PLEASE. And then the executives wonder why the WB and UPN were just barely squeaking by. It was bad executive decisions that have followed them to the new network.
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how bout they bring back Aquaman, that had a really good pilot. yea and they shod buy Invasion and bring that back, yea, and aressted development. (",)
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They bring back other networks failed pilots, but VM still (as far as I know) hasn't got a full third season order??? Sure, makes sense...
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INTERESTING
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i hope this is better. commander in chief sucked!!
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Hmm. This seems interesting. It seems as if the CW might be trying to get young people, particualry young women to watch this and get more onvolved in politics. I would question if any CW executive has any connections with a current government incumbant or potential canidate. And I would question what political views the main character will have.
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Bring it back~~!!
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I think it was a good show and they should bring it back.
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I hate Commander In Chief!!! I sure hope this

is something better.
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I love Commander In Chief. Rod Lurie was amazing on CiC. I can't wait to see Capital City and his amazing work!
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I loved Commander in Chief. It was a great show, I already have in on DVD. I wish that the CW would bring back CiC instead of this new show, but I will probably still watch the new show.
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Commander In Chief was ok, but it got boring in the end. Im glad it was cancelled.
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sounds good
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Commander In Chief was great, it failed because of the scheduling problems. I'd love to see it brought back, and I'd buy it on DVD if I could find it.
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