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USA Network’s leaving ‘Wife’

Debra Messing show will not be renewed

USA Network is no longer wedded to the series version of “The Starter Wife.”

After a miniseries adaptation of Gigi Levangie Grazer’s bestseller drew big ratings, the cabler expanded the property into a regular original series last fall. But USA has elected not to renew the skein, which stars Debra Messing, after it averaged 2.4 million viewers in its first season.

The ratings bar for the net has been raised as of late, with “Burn Notice,” for example, routinely scoring viewer counts in excess of 5 million.

“The Starter Wife was an award-winning, critical and creative success,” read a USA statement. “We were thrilled with its performance as a miniseries, expanded and enriched it through an additional 10 episodes and reached what we all feel is a satisfying conclusion.”

USA has passed on a second season of ‘The Starter Wife.’

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