ABC Family Yanks Roseanne’s Show


ABC Family has pulled the plug on Roseanne Barr’s troubled The Domestic
Goddess Hour

"Production has been shut down on [The Domestic Goddess]," said an ABC
Family spokeswoman, who declined to elaborate on the reasons behind the decision
to drop the series, which had been set to bow Sept. 20.

Preproduction finally began on the series last week, but it was halted after
just three days (Aug. 11-13). Barr told network officials last week that she
would be undergoing a hysterectomy, which would keep her from shooting
"indefinitely." At that point, the premiere date was delayed.

However, sources familiar with the series put Barr’s recovery period at up to
eight weeks.

That extended span, combined with poor ratings for sister project ABC skein
The Real Roseanne Show, which has aired twice, and conflicting creative
considerations, coalesced to scotch the show, according to sources.

Originally, ABC Family had ordered 13 one-hour episodes of the show, the
pilot of which was supposed to be the byproduct of The Real Roseanne. The
original concept behind Domestic Goddess touted it as a cooking show. But
the show’s pilot was deemed "unwatchable."

As such, the series, which was to have assumed a half-hour format, was well
behind schedule.

Although some expect the broadcaster to cancel The Real Roseanne, an ABC spokeswoman said the network currently plans to run all 13 installments of the series Wednesday nights through Sept. 17.

ABC began airing the series -- half-hour episodes presented back-to-back, beginning at 9 p.m. (EST) -- Aug. 6