ABC’s new Shonda Rhimes series The Catch is undergoing yet another creative shakeup.
Series creator Jennifer Schuur and her fellow co-showrunner Josh Reims are both exiting the thriller series due to “creative differences”. Word is that both had issues with the new creative direction the show is going after it was picked up to series back in May. Shondaland veteran Allan Heinberg is in talks to join the series as the new showrunner, but his deal has not yet closed.
The Catch has had its share of problems since it was picked up to series. In addition to internal disagreements over the direction of the series, a number of cast members, notably Damon Dayoub and Bethany Joy Lenz, exited the project following the pilot as both of their roles were being redeveloped. Sonya Walger took on the part played by Bethany Joy Lenz, while Parenthood’s Peter Krause is replacing Damon Dayoub as The Catch moves forward.
Despite the fact that the behind-the-scenes issues on The Catch has not effected the delivery schedule (it is still on track for a midseason debut), it has nevertheless had a knock-on effect. The show was a hit at the LA Screenings, but these rolling issues have poured cold water on potential licensing deals, with the studio’s global sales division Disney Media Distribution yet to have secured any sizeable overseas sales for The Catch.
From Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Jennifer Schuur, The Catch is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career. The Catch, which is set to premiere midseason in the Thursday night 10pm time-slot on ABC, was created by Jennifer Schuur and is produced by Shondaland & ABC Studios. In addition to Mireille Enos, Peter Krause and Sonya Walger, the series also stars Alimi Ballard, Jay Hayden, Jacky Ido, Rose Rollins and Elvy Yost.