ABC’s "V" is getting "Chuck"-ed.
The red-hot alien drama, which premieres tonight following glowing reviews, has nonetheless made a change at the top. Original showrunner Scott Peters has been replaced by "Chuck" alum Scott Rosenbaum, ABC confirmed Tuesday.
Peters will retain an executive producer credit on "V" and is still on staff at the show as of Tuesday morning. But Rosenbaum, an executive producer on "Chuck" (and "The Shield"), will now be at the helm.
UPDATE 1:40 p.m. CDT: Insiders also confirm that writer/executive producer Jeffrey Bell ("Alias") has left "V."
The showrunner shift had been anticipated in Hollywood circles for weeks, since ABC and Warner Bros. TV made the joint decision to halt production on the series in order to get scripts in shape. According to USA Today, which broke the news of the shuffle, Peters was removed from his post last Thursday.
"V" begins a four-episode run tonight at 8. It’s scheduled to return in March for the remainder of its first season.