David Hollander out as showrunner in the Showtime series ‘American Gigolo’ after investigation

EXCLUSIVE UPDATED: Showtime and Paramount Television Studios disconnect from one of the network’s most successful showrunners. Ray Donovan‘s David Hollander, developer, director, executive producer and showrunner of the upcoming Showtime series American Gigolo, produced by siblings Paramount Television Studios, has been released from the reboot of the popular 1980s film.

“David Hollander is no longer in the drama series American Gigolo and Paramount Television Studios no longer has a producing relationship with him, ”a spokesman for Deadline said in a statement, rejecting further comments.

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According to sources close to the production, the film was made after an investigation into allegations of misconduct. The exact nature of the offense is not clear, but sources told Deadline that it involved comments from Hollander that were not of a sexual harassment nature.

I hear that production of the series, titled Jon Bernthal, is expected to continue with one of Holland’s top lieutenants, believed to be co-executive producer David Bar Katz, stepping in as showrunner. (He had also worked with Hollander on Showrime’s Ray Donovan.) The series, produced by Paramount TV Studios with Jerry Bruckheimer Television, is about seven episodes in its order of 10 episodes, I hear. There had been talk, that production on American Gigolo has run backwards, with manuscripts coming in late, though not very unusual for a series of this caliber.

Hollander wrote and instructed the pilot for the new one American Gigolo, a contemporary remake of the iconic 1980s film. Bernthal plays Julian Kaye, who is introduced 15 years after he was arrested for murder and struggles to find a foothold in the modern Los Angeles sex industry while searching for the truth about the set-up that sent him to jail all those years ago. and also hoping to reconnect with Michelle, his one true love, played by Gretchen Mol.

Also on the cast are Rosie O’Donnell, Lizzie Brocheré, Gabriel LaBelle, Leland Orser and Wayne Brady. Bruckheimer executive co-produces with Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed. Bernthal also works as a producer.

At Showtime, Hollander produced executive and acted as showrunner for drama Ris Donovan, which garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Instruction and shared in a WGA Award nod for Best New Series. He has also been involved in writing and directing Ray Donovan feature film that started where season seven escaped after the surprising cancellation last year. Hollander has previously created the TV series Heartland and The Guardian, as he executive produced and directed several episodes.

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