Commander-in-Chief was a 60 minute drama series on ABC about a female vice-president of the United States who had to decide whether or not to assume the Presidency from a dying President. Her party, her President, and nearly everyone else she knew pressured her to resign and clear the way for someone "more appropriate" to fill the highest office in the land. But despite the pressure from all sides, she did her duty and became the first female President of the United States!
Geena Davis .... Vice-President / President Mackenzie Allen
Donald Sutherland .... Nathan Templeton
Kyle Secor .... Rod Allen
Jasmine Jessica Anthony .... Amy Allen
Harry J. Lennix .... Jim Gardner
Caitlin Wachs .... Rebecca Allen
Andrew James Allen .... Horace Allen
Ever Carradine .... Katheryn
Julie Ann Emery .... Joan Greer
You might look at the air dates below for Commander-In-Chief and wonder, "Why only eight episodes ... one week off ... one week back ... five weeks off ... three weeks back ... and then nearly 3 months off? Well, ABC wasn't commited to an entire season. Ratings bounced up and down for the first few weeks so the network wasn't encouraging in their discussions with Commander-In-Chief producers early on. Therefore, production of the episodes slowed/stopped. Eventually, ABC ordered a full season of episodes. Between the late word from ABC and numerous production delays, the episodes just never quite got "caught up" with the time slots they needed to fill. So after a few breaks to give production the time they needed, it was finally decided to stop airing episodes in January of 2006, turn over production to veteran producer Steven Bochco ("NYPD Blue" and "L.A. Law"), and come back in April to ensure that no
further "catch up" breaks would be needed. By the way, series creator Rod Lurie who had been serving as producer has remained with the show.
The exterior shots of Air Force Two in the pilot episode were taken from the 1997 movie, "Air Force One"!
Geena Davis is outstanding in her role on Commander-In-Chief but she has had the lead on a series before. The "Geena Davis Show" was a sitcom that aired for the 2000/2001 season. She had another series five years before that which was called, "Sara" but it only lasted a few months. Geena auditioned for a cast member spot on "Saturday Night Live" in 1984 and didn't get hired. Happily, she had gained sufficient fame to host the show five years later on April 22, 1989.
Episodes List With Original Air Dates
Commander-In-Chief - The First Season
- Pilot Episode (9/27/2005)
- First Choice (10/4/2005)
- First Strike (10/11/2005)
- First Dance (10/18/2005)
- First ... Do No Harm (10/25/2005)
- First Disaster (11/1/2005)
- First Scandal (11/8/2005)
- Rubie Dubidoux and the Brown Bound Express (11/15/2005)
- The Mom Who Came to Dinner (11/29/2005)
- Sub Enchanted Evening - Part 1 (1/10/2006)
- No Nukes Is Good Nukes - Part 2 (1/17/2006)
- Wind Beneath My Wing (1/24/2006)
- State of the Unions (4/13/2006)
- The Price You Pay (4/20/2006)
- Ties That Bind (4/27/2006)
- The Elephant in the Room (5/31/2006)
- Happy Birthday, Madam President (6/7/2006)
- Unfinished Business (6/14/2006)
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