The drama starring Don Johnson as an oil baron has changed showrunners, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed, with Jon Harmon Feldman (No Ordinary Family, Dirty Sexy Money) taking over the reins from Cynthia Cidre.
Worse: The news about the showrunner change came out afterthe cast and producers presented the show to a roomful of about 200 critics at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, where producers on hand Tony Krantz, Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne (who all developed the show) were asked about Cidre’s whereabouts: “For the producers, can you talk about Cynthia Cidre’s role as co-exec producer/showrunner, and is there a reason she’s not here today?”
“She had a personal thing that she could not be here today,” Krantz said. “She’s an executive producer on the show. We love her. She’s part of the family of what we’re doing.”
Asked after the panel why producers didn’t address the showrunner change, an ABC spokesperson told THRthat the question was only about Cidre’s whereabouts, not if the show was making a change.
Source and more: THR.
Will these creative issues lead to an inevitable cancellation, or can the powers that be pull Blood & Oil together for a Season 2 renewal? Watch this space…