A rift between executive producer Darren Star — known for creating hits such as "Sex and the City" — and other exec producers of ABC’s “Good Christian Belles” has pushed Star off the set, reports Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com. Star remains with the show, according to the story, but is working from a distance.
The tension is reportedly between Star and writer and executive producer Robert Harling, with EPs and showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg aligned with Harling. Star, who also oversees marketing for the show, no longer talks with Harling, Harberts or Berg and no longer goes to either the set or his office for the show, according to the story.
The trouble apparently started when ABC marketed "Good Christian Belles" at its upfront presentation as a Darren Star series, without mentioning Harling, the article says. Things got worse as Harling, Harberts and Berg started getting the show’s staff together to work on scripts, with input from Star coming from afar, the piece notes.
Harling and Star have a longtime friendship, with Star bringing in Harling to write the TV adaptation of the book "Good Christian Bitches," the article adds.
"In the end, I hear the work environment became intolerable, prompting ABC Studios to come up with the new arrangement, which is deemed temporary, at least for now, until things get smoothed out," Andreeva writes.
Star continues to provide notes on scripts and cuts to the studio, the story notes.