Fam Showrunner Bob Kushell Fired for Inappropriate Language

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There are changes at the wheel for CBS midseason comedy Fam, which is slated to debut at midseason. 

According to TV Line, executive producer and showrunner Bob Kushell has been let go from the series ahead of its premiere. 

The report states that the reason for his firing has using insensitive language inside the writers room, and it was deemed inappropriate by network execs who opted to dismiss him. 

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Fam has been in production for several weeks, with ten of the show's 13 episodes completed. 

Series creator and co-showrunner, Corrinne Kingsbury has been elevated to co-showrunner, while Joe Port and Joe Wiseman have been upped to executive producers. 

Related: NCIS: New Orleans Showrunner Fired

There has been a myriad of changes at CBS with several big exits over alleged misconduct over the last several months. 

Former CEO Les Moonves was ousted following multiple reports of sexual misconduct, while NCIS: New Orleans showrunner Brad Kern was fired after the third internal investigation into his actions. 

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Then there was Star Trek Discovery which fired both showrunners after complaints of verbal abuse, so there's been a lot of behind the scenes drama at CBS for quite some time now. 

It could explain the swift action the network took against Bob Kushell, and time will tell whether we will find out what the joke was about. 

Related: Les Moonves Fired at CBS

Fam was picked up in May by the network and stars The Vampire Diaries grad, Nina Dobrev. 

"A woman’s dreams of an upstanding life with her new fiancé and his upstanding family are dashed when her younger train-wreck half-sister comes to live with her to escape their train wreck of a father," according to the official logline. 


Tone Bell, Odessa Adlon, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Sheryl Lee Ralph are also on board to appear on the series. 

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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