‘Bad Judge’ Finds New Showrunner

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
‘Bad Judge’ Finds New Showrunner
Kate Walsh at the 2011 Voice Awards.

It’ll be exactly a week before “Bad Judge” premieres on NBC, and the show has met a couple of hiccups — the latest of which was the exit of its showrunner. But the show is picking up the pace, as it has enlisted Betsy Thomas to manage the series. Read on to learn more about this news item.

Deadline was first to report about Betsy Thomas possibly getting hired to do “Bad Judge” when news of Liv Brixius leaving the series due to creative differences first came to light. The news site has recently confirmed that Thomas did get the job, under an overall deal with Universal TV. The writer and producer is reportedly already working on “Bad Judge,” which is set to start on NBC this coming Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. The show already have four episodes filmed before Thomas took over.

Thomas’ credits include showrunning the comedy series “Whitney,” which also ran on NBC for one season in 2011.  She created the sitcom “My Boys,” which aired on TBS from 2006 to 2010 and executive produced “Run of the House” on The WB from 2003 to 2004.

As the showrunner, Thomas will be tasked to oversee the creative development of the show. As defined by Google, “the vision of the show as a whole does not come from the freelance or even the staff writer, but from the showrunner.”

Meanwhile, TV Line has posted an exclusive, with the latest teaser to “Bad Judge,” featuring Walsh and Ryan Hansen getting wild and naughty together. Hansen joined the cast in August as a recast. He plays the psychiatrist Gary Boyd, who occasionaly sits in the stand as the court’s expert witness.

“Bad Judge” is created by Chad Kultgen and produced by Universal, along with Gary Sanchez Prods. The series follows Rebecca Wright, a tough criminal judge of the Los Angeles court, who has a wild side. Will Ferrel, Adam McKay, Anne Heche, Jill and Kevin Messick are also attached to the series as producers.

Catch “Bad Judge” on NBC’s comedy Thursday block. The show will premiere on Oct. 2, 2014, and we will be giving recaps, updates and spoilers about it here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Kate Walsh/Samhsha

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