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Commander in Chief (ABC 2005-2006, Genna Davis, Kyle Secor)

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Mackenzie Allen (Academy Award-winner Geena Davis), the 45-year-old Independent Vice President of the United States, is about to venture into territory no woman has entered before. While at an official ceremony with husband and Chief of Staff Rod Allen (Kyle Secor), she is informed by the President’s Chief of Staff, Jim Gardner (Harry Lennix), and the Attorney General that President Bridges is about to undergo emergency brain surgery for a tumor.

Mackenzie is stunned when Gardner tells her that, in the event the President does not recover, the party doesn’t want her to succeed him. Instead, she’s asked to step down in order to allow the Speaker of the House to assume the post, as he shares the party’s ideals.

Mackenzie’s doubts are confirmed when she visits President Bridges at the hospital and hears from him directly that he wants her to resign. Bridges dies before transition plans are finalized, however, and after sitting through an insulting and sexist conversation with Speaker of the House Nathan Templeton (Donald Sutherland), Mackenzie decides to forge ahead and assume the presidency, despite the obstacles that lie ahead.

Aside from the challenges Mackenzie faces, husband Rod has his own hurdles to overcome, as he finds himself being ushered into a pink and feminine office by the First Lady’s aide. Her children, six-year-old Amy (Jasmine Anthony), as well as twins Horace (Matt Lanter), one of the most popular kids in school, and Rebecca (Caitlin Wachs), a rebellious teenager with raging hormones, must also learn to deal with their mother’s new role as leader of the free world.

Meeting with a saddened Congress and addressing a stunned nation, Mackenzie delivers an inaugural speech with the help of press secretary Kelly Ludlow (Ever Carradine), which manages to unite a grieving country, quell the critics who feel she’s not up to the task, and look to the bright future that lies ahead, led by the first female President of the United States.

‘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.

From ABC’s press release… When a longtime outspoken critic of the Equal Rights Amendment passes away and his wife prepares to take over his Congressional seat, Mac sees the opportunity to amend the Constitution and finally pass the ERA. Meanwhile, she prepares to participate in a previously scheduled Get Out the Vote event with Templeton, which turns into more of a presidential debate. On the home front, Rod is approached about doing a story on his relationship with Mac a Presidential marriage and it turns out Kelly has a past with the writer. Rebecca continues her relationship with her IM buddy, but theyre each shocked at the others identity when they meet in person. And the differences between Mac and Dickies beliefs become glaringly apparent, on the Series Finale of Commander In Chief, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

production details
USA | ABC – ABC Studios – Battle Plan Productions | 18×50 minutes | Broadcast 27 September 2005 – 14 June 2006

Dee Johnson as Executive Producer
Marc Frydman as Executive Producer
Rod Lurie as Creator and Executive Producer/Director of Pilot

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Geena Davis as Mackenzie Allen
Donald Sutherland as Nathan Templeton
Harry Lennix as Jim Gardner
Kyle Secor as Rod Calloway
Ever Carradine as Kelly Ludlow
Matt Lanter as Horace Calloway
Caitlin Wachs as Rebecca Calloway
Jasmine Jessica Anthony as Amy Calloway
Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Richard ‘Dickie’ McDonald
Natasha Henstridge as Jayne Murray

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