A new drama series has had a key change behind the camera. Deadline reports that creator April Blair stepped down as executive producer and showrunner of the CW’s high-profile “All American,” from Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions.
“She will be succeeded by the series’ co-executive producer Nkechi Okoro Carroll, who is being promoted to executive producer and showrunner,” Deadline reports.
In a statement provided to Deadline, Warner Bros. TV said: “Nkechi Okoro Carroll has been elevated from co-executive producer to executive producer of ‘All American’ and will work alongside Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Carroll will now serve as the new showrunner for the series. April Blair has left her position as executive producer/showrunner for personal reasons.”
Deadline adds: “Written by Blair and directed by Rob Hardy, the ‘All American’ pilot, starring young British actor Daniel Ezra and inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger, was the CW’s best received pilot this past development season, sailing through screenings and testing to land on the network’s fall schedule. The project, which centers on Spencer James (Ezra), a rising high school football player from South L.A. who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, has been getting strong buzz all summer ahead of its Oct. 10 premiere. Blair oversaw the first couple of episodes before leaving the series.”