One of the most successful new dramas of the fall season has made a key change behind the cameras. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Jon Harmon Feldman is out as showrunner on “Designated Survivor,” ABC’s first-year Kiefer Sutherland series.
Feldman, who replaced Amy Harris after the show was ordered to series, has now been replaced by Jeff Melvoin, formerly of “Army Wives,” THR reports.
Feldman is reportedly close to signing a rich new overall deal with “Designated Survivor” co-producers ABC Studios, and is expected to be attached to a number of new projects as pilot season nears.
THR reports that “Designated Survivor,” created by David Guggenheim and produced by the Mark Gordon Co., has posed logistical challenges. “Production takes place in Toronto; the writers’ room is in Los Angeles; and creator Guggenheim is based in New York,” THR notes.
Melvoin will be based in L.A.