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ABC gives thumbs down to Alyssa Milano's sitcom

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 5th 2008 7:06PM
Alyssa NFLLast spring, ABC had high hopes for a new sitcom starring TV fave Alyssa Milano. Today, not so much.

ABC decided to dump Alyssa Milano's show, Single With Parents, claiming that there were creative differences between the show's creator, Kristin Newman (How I Met Your Mother), and the rest of the producers. Ouch. Can't we all just get along?

Actually, if there are problems at this stage of the game -- after just producing a pilot -- it might be better for the network to pass on this and consider working with Alyssa on something else down the road. We've seen far too many shows make it to air that should have never gotten the greenlight, so maybe in these tough economic times, caution is wise these days.

Pulling the plug on Single With Parents leaves a hole in the ABC midseason schedule. According to what we were told, Single With Parents starred Milano as Lou, a grown woman who can't seem to disengage from her cloying family.

Rich described it as a sort of female version of Everybody Loves Raymond with a touch of Samantha Who? thrown in. And there were very good actors attached to it, as well -- Annie Potts, Beau Bridges, Eric Winter and Amanda Detmer.

Whatever the creative recipe, the cooks couldn't get along and now ABC and Alyssa are going their separate ways.

Don't cry for Alyssa, though. She won't be unemployed for long, and she's just created a great line of NFL-inspired casual wear for her clothing line "Touch."

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It's not unheard of to have creative differences between the creator of a show and the producers. Roasanne comes to mind. Also happened on Commander in Chief. The list goes on and on.

It probably gets a little muddled if the producers happen to also be the talent. I'm not sure if that's the case here, but normally one side leaves in such a dispute. Some shows have survived such complications, while others have faltered.

November 06 2008 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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