Joel Fields leaves 'Betty' for 'Bar'

Joining Steven Bochco's legal drama as a writer-producer

"Ugly Betty" executive producer Joel Fields has left the dramedy series after eight months. He is segueing into a writer-producer gig on "Raising the Bar," Steven Bochco's legal drama for TNT. Both series are produced by ABC Studios.

Sources close to "Betty" said that Fields had been hired to help with the show's transition to a New York-based production. With all stories for the series' current third season broken and approved by the network, his assignment was considered completed. Meanwhile, "Bar" is gearing back up for production on its second season, and Bochco, who previously recruited Fields for ABC's "Commander In Chief" and FX's "Over There," invited him to join his new series.

CAA-repped Fields came on board "Betty" in March, replacing ousted executive producer Marco Pennette.