Reality bites for “The Real Roseanne Show,” which has been yanked by ABC.
Alphabet web shelved the show, effective this week, after ABC Family decided not to move forward with its “Real Roseanne” spinoff, “The Domestic Goddess Hour” (Daily Variety, Aug. 18).
“Real Roseanne” chronicled kooky comedian Roseanne Barr as she attempted to pitch “Domestic Goddess” to broadcast and cable execs around town. As originally planned, the final episode of “Real Roseanne” –which had been slated to run Sept. 17 — would serve as a launching pad for “Domestic Goddess.”
But with “Domestic Goddess” no longer in the offing, ABC saw little reason to keep airing the low-rated “Real Roseanne.”
Only four episodes of the latter had run, leaving eight unaired segs on the shelf. It’s unclear whether those episodes will turn up elsewhere.
After two weeks (ABC aired two episodes back to back per week), the reality skein averaged a 2.0 rating and 6 share among adults 18-49, and attracted just 4.9 million viewers. The show’s young adults aud declined 18% from week one to week two.
ABC will fill “Real Roseanne’s” Wednesday 9 p.m. slot with episodes of “The George Lopez Show” and “The Drew Carey Show” until the fall season launch.
Production on “Domestic Goddess” shut down after ABC Family and exec producers Barr and R.J. Cutler decided they weren’t pleased with the show’s original pilot. “Domestic Goddess” continued to be retooled away from its original conceit as a cooking show.
But everyone involved decided to call it a day after Barr announced that she was about to undergo a hysterectomy.
“Everyone associated with ‘The Real Roseanne Show’ did a terrific job and we are all very proud of the show,” Cutler said. “We’re confident the audience would have grown, given time, but with ABC Family’s decision to cancel ‘Domestic Goddess’ due to Roseanne’s illness, the show’s dynamic shifted irrevocably.
“We are very sorry that it didn’t work out, and we wish Roseanne the best and a speedy recovery,” Cutler said.