The creator and current co-showrunner of All Rise, Greg Spottiswood, has been axed. Deadline first broke the news, saying that Spottiswood’s exit follows “an investigation into allegations of unprofessional conduct in the series’ writers room, including the use of offensive and racially insensitive language.”
“Warner Bros. Television has relieved All Rise executive producer Greg Spottiswood of his duties, effective immediately,” the studio said in a statement, as reported by Deadline. “Executive producer Dee Harris-Lawrence will continue to serve as showrunner of the series, working closely with fellow executive producers Michael M. Robin and Len Goldstein. We remain committed, at all times, to providing a safe and inclusive working environment on our productions and for all employees.”
As reported last August, several writers have left the show, citing issues with the series’ gender and race portrayals. The New York Times said five of the seven original writers, including three of the series’ leading writers of color, would not come back for the second season after arguing with Spottiswood regarding depictions of minorities and gender. A decision was made keep Spottiswood as showrunner but pair him with a Black female corporate coach. A Warner Bros. representative told TVLine that their internal findings “did not reveal conduct that would warrant removing, Greg Spottiswood, from the Executive Producer role. In December 2019, David Makes Man showrunner Dee Harris Lawrence also came on board as a co-showrunner.Now, as Deadline reports, “According to sources, the climate in the (now virtual) writers room did not improve in Season 2, and some writers were reportedly offended by remarks Spottiswood allegedly made that were perceived as insensitive, especially for the writers of color. Complaints about Spottiswood’s behavior led to a new investigation by Warner Bros. TV, which resulted in his dismissal.”
Harris-Lawrence will be the sole showrunner for the rest of the season, which has two episodes left to shoot. A renewal decision for season 3 has not been made, as it is still early in the television season. Starring Simone Missick, All Rise is a rare broadcast network drama with a Black woman as its lead.