Showrunner Jon Harmon Feldman has been replaced by Army Wives grad Jeff Melvoin, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Feldman will stay in business with co-producers ABC Studios. The well-regarded showrunner is near a deal for a rich new overall deal with the studio and will be attached to multiple new projects heading into pilot season.
This marks the latest showrunner change on ABC’s freshman Kiefer Sutherland political soap. Amy B. Harris (The Carrie Diaries, Wicked City) was originally tapped to serve as showrunner on the drama created by David Guggenheim. After boarding the Mark Gordon Co. drama ahead of the pilot, Harris was replaced as Designated Survivor scored its official series pickup in May as the show’s creative changed direction.
While multiple showrunner changes can often signal cancellation doom, Designated Survivor appears likely to see a second season.