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Commander In Chief was a television show depicting the fictional story of the first female President of the U.S., Mackenzie Allen, played in the show by Geena Davis. Although similar in style to another political drama, The West Wing, Commander In Chief depicts not only the political life of The White House but also the private, family life of the First Family. Created for the ABC network in America by film and TV director Rod Lurie Commander In Chief ran for a single season of 18 episodes before being cancelled. The plot of Commander In Chief revolves around the character of Mackenzie "Mac" Allen, and independent politician who is chosen as Vice President by President "Teddy" Bridges. Upon reaching the highest office in the land President Bridges dies suddenly leaving his Vice President, Mac Allen as the new and first female President of the U.S. The drama of Commander In Chief comes in some cases from the prejudice and lack of confidence other politicians have in the new President; one of the major characters who often clashes with the new President is the Speaker of the House Nathan Templeton, played by Donald Sutherland. Playing a Republican politician from Florida Sutherland's character of Templeton often clashes with Allen over political decisions and his lack of faith in a woman to become the President. Other drama is found in the show through the actions and political views of the three children of Allen and her husband, First Gentleman Rod Calloway. The three children of the Calloway's are a pair of 16 year old twins, Horace and Rebecca, and a six year old daughter Amy. Throughout the show 16 year old Rebecca makes clear her unhappiness at her mother's political choices that are more liberal than her own. The production of Commander In Chief was difficult with many changes in production staff occurring through the first and only completed season. Series creator Rod Lurie acted as executive producer for the first eight episodes of the season before being replaced by veteran television producer Steven Bochco. The arrival of Bochco signaled a shift in the second half of the season to a more edgy political drama moving away from the focus of the show on the family of the President.