Behind the Scenes Changes at ABC's "Brothers & Sisters," "Dirty Sexy Money"
Former "Wonder Years" show runner Mark Perry who ran ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" this season has left the series, while "Dexter" show runner Daniel Cerone has replaced Josh Reims at the helm of "Dirty Sexy Money." The shows are executive produced by former "Everwood" boss Greg Berlanti.
ABC's Sunday night drama "Brothers & Sisters," that may have gone off course this year, changed several show runners over the past 2 years and lost its original creator Jon Robin Baitz, a playwright who appeared to have struggled coping with realities of the often ruthless TV business.
In his parting blog entry Baitz revealed that dealing with Perry, who took over from Greg Berlanti at the beginning of the show's second season, required enormous effort and diplomacy. The post also made it clear Baitz was unhappy with Perry's direction of the show.
Personally, I am very disappointed with the recent "Brothers & Sisters" episodes, especially Rob Lowe's tedious, safe and frankly - pathetic political storyline. To be fair, the quality may have also been affected by the writers' strike and the final 2-3 scripts being filmed without the standard last minute polishing.
The good news is that after focusing on developing "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Eli Stone" Greg Berlanti is stepping up to take over the show running duties on B&S, until a new replacement can be found. Berlanti is the man who originally "saved" the show from the original show runner Marti Noxon ("Private Practice").
According to TV Guide, the final 4 episodes, which have been commissioned by ABC for the rest of the current TV season, will be jam-packed with exciting developments designed to tie up the loose ends and bring the season to a (hopefully) satisfying conclusion.
Meanwhile, on the "Dirty Sexy" front Josh Reims, who co-wrote one of my least favorite episodes of the show ("The Italian Banker"), has exited the series, while "Dexter's" Daniel Cerone was chosen to help the show continue to find the right balance of glitz, drama and humor and build momentum.
Unfortunately, by the time the show's second season premieres in late September 2008, almost 10 months will have passed since the last fresh episode of "Dirty Sexy Money." The writers better up the ante, or the dramedy will disappear in TV heaven, soon to be occupied by a number of gone-before-their-time dramas.