Showrunner Exits ‘Bad Judge’
For all its promise, “Bad Judge” may be off to a bad start. The show will not premiere until Oct. 2, 2014, but its showrunner, Liv Brixius, has apparently left the series. News reports cite the reason as “due to creative differences.” Read on to learn more about this developing story.
Deadline was first to report that Liz Brixius has departed the Kate Walsh comedy, “Bad Judg,e” on NBC. Brixius was said to be unhappy with the direction of the show, and her reason for leaving was due to creative differences.
Brixius has previous experience with being a showrunner, as she has performed the same capacity on “Nurse Jackie,” a comedy on Showtime, and “Bad Judge” would not be the first time she would work for NBC. In 2013, she stepped down as “Nurse Jackie’s” showrunner to become the show’s consulting producer as she divided her time with working on “Go On,” which also ran on NBC. “Go On,” however, was canceled after one season as it has not picked up with viewers. Brixius also developed another pilot for the same broadcast network, but “Girlfriend in a Coma,” which was to star Christina Ricci, didn’t push forward.
Brixius leaves “Bad Judge” with only four episodes finished in the series’ 13-episode order, which means that the network should find her replacement the soonest, as the premiere date of the show draws closer. Deadline earlier reported that NBC was eyeing Betsy Thomas (“Whitney”) as her replacement, but it has been confirmed that this wasn’t happening too.
“Bad Judge” follows the story of Rebecca Wright who is regarded as one of Los Angeles’ toughest and most revered criminal judges. The one problem, however, is that outside of the courtroom, Judge Wright is a party animal with a healthy appetite for wild adventures. The show is created by Chad Kultgen, with Will Ferrell, Anne Heche and Adam McKay as executive producers.
Earlier, the show has already made changes by recasting the love interest for Rebecca Wright and picked Ryan Hansen to play the part.
“Bad Judge” is one of NBC’s high-profile series for Fall TV 2014. Now that its showrunner has left, will the series be able to get ready and roll out more episodes after its premiere? Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates about this show.
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