UPDATE 12/8 at 5:30 p.m. ET: ABC confirms staff additions, and roles on the show.
Some observers may be preparing the eulogies for the freshman ABC series “V,” but not the network itself.
Sources have told Airlock Alpha that two new producers have started on “V” this month, and they should be familiar to genre fans.
John Wirth and Natalie Chaidez are the newest additions to the “V” staff, making the move from “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” where Wirth was an executive producer and Chaidez was a co-executive producer. An ABC spokesman has confirmed that Chaidez will become a co-executive producer of “V” while Wirth will serve as a consulting producer.
Sources say the two are expected to be a huge boost to the show’s writing team, and signal what could be continued confidence in the long-term vitality of “V” by ABC.
The move comes in the midst of shakeups behind the scenes, including the recent decision to replace showrunner Scott Peters with “Chuck” executive producer Scott Rosenbaum on the eve of “V’s” November premiere. Peters, best known for his work with USA Network’s “The 4400,” had reportedly only helmed one episode of the series which aired four hours in November and won’t return until late spring.
“V” got a solid start with viewers when it premiered Nov. 3 with an overnight 8.5 rating/13 share, according to Fast National ratings from The Nielsen Co. That was more than enough to place it on top of all genre shows for the first week of sweeps, and even finish in 10th place among non-news, non-event programming.
However, by its second week, “V” fell by more than 22 percent, and would eventually finish its initial run with a 6.7/10 average, 21 percent off its premiere.
Wirth and Chaidez do bring impressive resumes to the table. Chaidez wrote four episodes of “Sarah Connor,” which was canceled by Fox last season. She also was a co-executive producer for NBC’s “Heroes” in 2006 and 2007 writing the episodes “Better Halves” and “The Fix.” Other shows she worked on include “Judging Amy” and “New York Undercover.”
Wirth has been a key part of several popular shows over his career including “Sarah Connor,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Nash Bridges” “Picket Fences” and “The District.” He wrote four episodes of “Sarah Connor,” including the popular episode “The Turk.”