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[10/24/05 - 12:00 AM]
Mark-Paul Gosselaar ("Nypd Blue") Joins the Cast of ABC's "Commander in Chief"

[via press release from ABC]

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MARK-PAUL GOSSELAAR (�NYPD BLUE�) JOINS THE CAST OF ABC�S �COMMANDER IN CHIEF�

Mark-Paul Gosselaar joins the cast of �Commander In Chief� as of episode nine, it was announced today. Gosselaar will play a slick, savvy media strategist. His character�s name is still TBD. This marks the second time he has worked with Steven Bochco, who created and executive-produced �NYPD Blue,� in which Gosselaar starred from 2001-2005.

�Commander In Chief,� starring Academy-Award winner Geena Davis as the first female president, has received critical acclaim and consistently been the most-watched show in its time period. Recently picked up for a full season order, it airs on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.

Delivering the most-watched Tuesday drama series debut on any network in the last 5 years, �Commander In Chief� has remained a strong performer for ABC in one of the most competitive time periods on television. On average, �Commander In Chief� ranks No. 1 in its hour among Total Viewers (16.4 million), Adults 25-54 (6.1/13) and Women 18-49 (5.6/13), while placing a solid second among Adults 18-49 (4.5/11). The most-watched new TV series this season, �Commander In Chief� is also the only new TV show to rank among the Top 10 shows season to date in Total Viewers (No. 8). On average, the freshman Touchstone-produced drama has improved the time period for ABC by 6.5 million viewers and by 10% among Adults 18-49, over the Network�s average in the hour at the same point a year ago. �Commander In Chief� delivers a very desirable �upscale� (high income) audience. Among Adults 18-49 in homes with $100K+ annual income, �Commander In Chief� indexes (137) as ABC�s third-most �upscale� show this season, while placing among the Top 10 series on television in upscale Adult 18-49 rating (6.3).

�Commander In Chief� stars Geena Davis as Mackenzie Allen, Donald Sutherland as Nathan Templeton, Harry Lennix as Jim Gardner, Kyle Secor as Rod Allen, Ever Carradine as Kelly Ludlow, Caitlin Wachs as Rebecca Allen, Matt Lanter as Horace Allen and Jasmine Anthony as Amy Allen.

�Commander In Chief� was created by Rod Lurie. Steven Bochco, Dee Johnson, Rod Lurie and Marc Frydman serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Touchstone Television in association with Steven Bochco Productions.





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· COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF (ABC)
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