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I am – Hercules!!

When the nets announced their fall schedules two weeks ago, lots of big-deal TV writers discovered themselves out in the cold. Then began that annual exodus when people who worked for cancelled shows moved on to not-so-cancelled shows.

Our pal “Princess X” brings us a partial summary of who went where:

* Rene Ecchiveria, crafter of many teleplays for “Deep Space Nine” and “Now and Again” and showrunner for the final season of Fox’s “Dark Angel,” is now showrunner for the ABC drama, “Meds.” Airing 10 p.m. Wednesdays, the hourlong depicts a pair of maverick physicians who struggle against the HMO that employs them. Cinematographer turned writer-director Gary Tieche (“Nevada”) created the show, which stars John Hannah (who played a doctor on his two previous series, “Out of the Blue” and “McCallum”) and William Fichtner (“The Perfect Storm,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Black Hawk Down”).

* David Shore, former showrunner of CBS’ “Family Law,” is now showrunner for CBS’ “Hack.” Airing 9 p.m. Fridays, it’s an actioner about a cab driver who fights crime. Created by screenwriter David Koepp (“Panic Room,” “Spider-Man”) the hourlong stars David Morse (“St. Elsewhere,” “The Green Mile”) and Andre Braugher (“Homicide,” “Gideon’s Crossing”).

* Frank Spotnitz, Chris Carter’s right hand at Fox’s “X-Files,” is the new showrunner of CBS’ “RHD/LA.” Airing 10 p.m. Fridays, it’s a Los Angeles-based cop drama from writer-producer Barry Schindel (“Law & Order”) and writer-director Michael Mann (“Miami Vice,” “Heat,” “Ali”). Tom Sizemore (“Heat,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Big Trouble”), David Cubitt (“The American Embassy”), Barry Shabaka Henley (“Life,” “Ali”), Michael Paul Chan (“Spy Game”) and Klea Scott (“Millennium,” “Brooklyn South”) star.

I am – Hercules!!

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  • May 28, 2002, 11:47 p.m. CST


    by Kevservo

    Oh my god... Is this how low the intelligence of the average American television viewer has sunk, that test audiences allow THIS to air?

  • May 29, 2002, 12:02 a.m. CST


    by Ambrose Chappell

    Actually, I was just thinking that the premise sounds kind of neat from the couple of lines in which it's described here. Is there something you know that we don't Kerservo?

  • May 29, 2002, 12:32 a.m. CST

    About 'Hack'....

    by EricAlan69

    You know, that one-line summary above does sound absurd, but if you've got Andre Braugher (a god walking the earth, who made even the lukewarm 'Gideon's Crossing' watchable) and David Morse (who manages to be the soul of nearly every project he's involved with), then I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt. // e.

  • May 29, 2002, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Hey milktoast, what about...

    by coop

    the people that bitch about the people who bitch about the people who post first? And I don't wanna hear from people who bitch about the people who bitch about the people who bitch about first posters. On another note, didn't Michael Mann direct Manhunter? shouldn't that (above the rest) be listed in his credits?

  • May 29, 2002, 1:19 a.m. CST


    by ArchDiver

    I'd like to know what sort of intel you have. While I didn't catch much of GC, Andre is a fine actor who appears to make very judicious decisions concerning the projects he gets involved with. So what do you know that we don't? **** On a similar vein, do you think AB plays the heroic vigilante cabbie, or the hard-nosed cop that begrudgingly assists him from time-to-time? AD out

  • May 29, 2002, 1:22 a.m. CST

    ooh! a Mike Mann cop show! Goodie!

    by ArchDiver

    Now, every other MM project seems to be really good (including films). So I've lost track-- does this bode well for RHD/LA? Or is it DOA? AD out

  • May 29, 2002, 2:15 a.m. CST


    by HoichiTheEarless

    Sounds like David Keopp is writing a show about himself.

  • May 29, 2002, 2:48 a.m. CST

    David Koepp is a vigilante cabbie?

    by Ambrose Chappell

  • May 29, 2002, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Gillian Anderson to "The Practice."

    by Christopher3

    Says Zen.

  • May 29, 2002, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Gillian Anderson,,,from one sinking ship to another.

    by majorq007

    GA actually HAS talent--so why is she heading over to the terribly wretched PRACTICE???!? Sigh...put a little age make-up on her and she can play Sydney's evil Russian momski on ALIAS...yum!

  • May 29, 2002, 1 p.m. CST

    Yo Aliencaptor

    by Agent_99

    Go back to your X-Files message boards. The fact that you checked Gillian Anderson's official site first thing this morning says it all. Michael Mann's a smart guy for hiring Spotnitz. Just because you didn't see Mulder and Scully have sex on screen doesn't mean you know anything about story or screenwriting.

  • May 29, 2002, 2:18 p.m. CST

    To paraphrase Homer Simpson. . .

    by Hardyboy

    "But, Marge, it's Hack. . .the crime-SOLVING Hack!" Yep, that's "High-Concept" for ya, but with Andre Braugher and David Morse on board I'll at least look at the pilot.

  • May 29, 2002, 8:22 p.m. CST

    chastain86, I prefer to think of William Fichtner as...

    by zenda

    ..."As The World Turns"'s William Fichtner. He played Josh Landry for awhile there. But that's just me.