There is a behind-the-scenes shakeup on ABC’s midseason drama series The Catch. Executive producer/co-showrunner Jennifer Schuur, who created the series for ABC Studios and Shondaland, and Josh Reims, who joined after the pilot as executive producer/co-showrunner, have left over creative differences. A Shondaland veteran, Allan Heinberg, who has worked on Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, is being eyed as new showrunner.
There had been speculation about differences in opinions on the direction of the show as early as the pilot stage, with the series landing a series order in large part based on the formidable track record of Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland, the company behind ABC’s hot Thursday drama lineup.
The Catch stars Mireille Enos as a fraud investigator taken in by a con man, played by Peter Krause. The series made a major casting change after the upfronts, with Krause replacing original male lead Damon Dayoub. Additionally, the show recast the role of the con man’s wife/partner in crime, with Sonya Walger replacing Bethany Joy Lenz.
Almost all new ABC drama series underwent significant casting changes this summer, including Blood And Oil, which also made a showrunner change; Quantico; Wicked City; and Of Kings And Prophets.