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That Didn't Take Long

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 4, 2009 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 4, 2009 |

So, last night, ABC debuted the first of the four episodes of “V” to air before the show goes on planned hiatus until sometime after the sun swallows the earth. Naturally, before it even hit the air, ABC fired showrunner Scott Peters and replaced him with Scott Rosenbaum, a former executive producer from “Chuck.” Peters, who created and ran “The 4400” until it got taken out behind the shed by USA before its story lines finished, will stay with the show as a writer. Getting bumped is writer Jeffrey Bell, who once upon a time wrote for “The X-Files” and “Angel,” including the final episode of the latter, “Not Fade Away.” Bell has a TV series debuting on CBS in 2010 called “Exit 19” though so you know, he’s got that going for him.

Also leaking out about “V” is the tidbit that the final fight scene of last night’s episode was tweaked after the pilot in order to add more action and sci-fi elements. Yup, that’s always a good sign. We’ve also learned that the lengthy hiatus was mutually agreed upon by ABC and Warner Brothers (which makes “V”) in order to halt production and fix script problems.

Topping off the opening day problems of “V,” the New York Times review of the show was so brutal that copies of the newspaper had to be sold in paper bags in some states with strict laws against violent hate speech.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.