12:00pm PT by Rick Porter
'Superstore' Changing Showrunners for Season 5
NBC's Superstore will be under new management in 2019-20.
The comedy series is changing showrunners for its fifth season, which NBC picked up in March. Series veterans and executive producers Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green will take over for creator Justin Spitzer, who will focus on developing new projects for Superstore producer Universal TV. All three have renewed their overall deals with the studio.
"I can't thank Justin enough for giving us one of the smartest comedies on television, and I'm grateful we now get to pick his very fertile brain for new ideas," Universal TV president Pearlena Igbokwe said Friday in a statement. "He is leaving Superstore in the very capable hands of Gabe and Jonathan who, along with America [Ferrera], Ben [Feldman] and the entire cast and crew, will continue to deliver the high-quality show we've all come to love."
Miller and Green have been writers and executive producers on Superstore since its first season. They previously worked on The Office (as did Spitzer), The Mindy Project, The Cleveland Show and The Late Show With David Letterman.
"I'm excited to develop new projects with Pearlena and everyone else at Universal Television, which has been my home for the last 13 years," said Spitzer. "Meanwhile, Gabe and Jonathan have been running Superstore with me from the beginning, and there's no one I have more faith in to continue guiding it into the future."
Superstore is one of a dozen scripted shows NBC has renewed for 2019-20 thus far. It has been the steadiest performer in the network's Thursday comedy block, averaging a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers with a week of delayed viewing; its same-day averages of 0.9 in adults 18-49 and 3.24 million viewers are tops among the network's comedies.