HOLLYWOOD — ABC Family won’t be cooking up any episodes of planned Roseanne Barr starrer “The Domestic Goddess Hour.”
“Domestic Goddess” had been set to bow Sept. 20 on the cabler. But news of Barr’s impending hysterectomy halted production last week, when the show was scheduled to begin shooting (Daily Variety, Aug. 14).
An ABC Family spokesman confirmed that production will not continue. “The show has been shut down permanently and will not air on ABC Family,” the spokesperson confirmed.
Skein, hatched as a way to bring ABC auds to the fledgling sister cabler, was designed to launch immediately following the Sept. 17 finale of ABC reality series “The Real Roseanne Show.” The very basis of “Real Roseanne,” in fact, was to document the development of “Domestic Goddess.”
With the latter skein dead, the ABC show seems almost beside the point.
“ABC is taking a hard look at (the) show,” an ABC spokesman said.
Forecast looks bleak: Besides its now-defunct premise, “Real Roseanne” received a lukewarm reception in its Aug. 6 debut, drawing a so-so 5.5 million viewers and a 2.2 rating/7 share in adults 18-49.
ABC Family had ordered 13 hourlong episodes of “Domestic Goddess” in April, then conceived as a food-centric variety show (Daily Variety, April 24). Segs were cut down to half-hours as the concept evolved into an offbeat dinner party-style talker.
R.J. Cutler, who co-exec produces both shows with Barr, was unavailable for comment.
“Real Roseanne” airs on ABC Wednesdays at 9 p.m.