USA Cancels The Starter Wife




Okay, if one more television executive cancels another of my favorite shows or fires one more of my beloved actresess this week, I just may take to drinking—okay, drinking A LOT! USA has cancelled the hilarious Debra Messing vehicle The Starter Wife. Grrr!

Why is that every freaking, ripped-from-the-headlines, recycled plot-utilizing procedural on television is doing so all-fired well, yet soapy dramedies are dying on the vine? In a time of economic turmoil and civil unrest (Have you been to the Kroger on Double Coupon Day?) are we as a society really more stimulated by watching 75 crime scene investigators, all across network and cable television, determine that some serial killer-of-the-week is responsible for someone’s brain goo being smeared all over a ranch house floor?

 People you know how those procedurals are gonna end, the detective who is generally much hotter and far wittier than anyone who has ever made me walk a straight line on the streets of Miami or New York or Peapack, always solves the case before the last 10 minutes, unless it’s a two-parter! Watch a serial or two for crying out in high definition! It won’t kill ‘ya!

20 Responses

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    season1217

    While I agree there is a bombardment of cop shows on television I’m going to have to defend some MY shows here. Life on Mars, Life, and the original Law & Order are great shows. There is more to these shows than just the solving of crimes.

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    season1217

    The networks are canceling good shows because people aren’t watching good shows. There are more people content with watching mediocrity than there are people who watch shows that are fresh and original and funny.

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    Regan Cellura

    I loved the mini-series that kicked off the series but I have to say, this past season was lacking in comparison to the original launch. I am sad to see it go because The Starter Wife was a great show that could get back to what had me hooked in the begining but I’m really not all that shocked it got ax’d.

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    Johnathon

    From the network that canceled The 4400, and the Dead Zone leaving both cult shows without a ending comes this news…….nope i am not shocked.

    USA is cleaning house, Monk is also leaving.

    I never tuned in so i wont miss it.

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    Visan

    As an aficianada of procedurals, I understand why folks tune in…it’s drama, but will be wrapped up in an hour! There’s no real prolonged angst….To each their own!

    I saw a few episodes of the Starter Wife but didn’t found it compelling. Nothing about the show made me want to continue to tune in.

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    Jamey Giddens

    As an aficianada of procedurals, I understand why folks tune in…it’s drama, but will be wrapped up in an hour! There’s no real prolonged angst….To each their own!

    I saw a few episodes of the Starter Wife but didn’t found it compelling. Nothing about the show made me want to continue to tune in.

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    See, I absolutely loved it, and I have yet to even see the original miniseries that everyone says is so much better than the series.

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    Beth

    I personally abhor procedurals (or Dead Body of the Week shows, as I call them), but I can see why people like them. The good guys triumph over the bad guys, the stories are wrapped up in an hour, it’s familiar and doesn’t require a great deal of commitment to watch. And in the current day and age, with people having less time than ever to go around, those shows are perfect.

    But I’m with you, Jamey. I’ve been watching great shows like Pushing Daisies get cancelled, and shows like Damages flounder in ratings because people don’t want to take the time to really invest anymore. It’s really killing imagination and innovation on TV. You peruse TV stations and either find endless Law and Order reruns or cheap reality shows where the shallowest person wins the prize. It’s depressing.

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    J Bernard Jones

     The networks are canceling good shows because people aren’t watching good shows.

    Season is on the money, at least when it comes to viewership as reflected by the ratings.

    As an aficianada of procedurals, I understand why folks tune in…it’s drama, but will be wrapped up in an hour!

    More so than in any other times, when economic or national crises escalate people in the US find comfort in the familiar, the tidy, and conflicts that are wrapped up quickly within an episode or two.

    There is no coincidence in the fact that CBS — home of the procedural — has been the only network to post wholesale ratings gains (see the phenomenally performing The Mentalist), while serialized fare has fared poorly or lost viewers (see ratings declines for Lost, Ugly Betty and even American Idol). Meanwhile, a new show like Lie to Me is doing very well (owing no small debt to its Idol lead-in) and Desperate Housewives has adopted a more episodic tone this season.

    People want comfort food that an easily digestible procedural or episodic show can provide that serialized prime time fare doesn’t for a lot of shows. That’s why the new pilot orders or series pickups are overloaded with cop shows, lawyer shows, and doctor shows. Ironic because CBS is the only network investing in a number of NEW serialized series.

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    Johnathon

    And its times like these that I wish Veronica mars was still on, it was procedural and serial all wrapped in one and had awesome writing …………. *Sings "So you had a bad day" that Veronica sang in the series finalie :( *

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    GossipGirl

    Yes, the mini-series as better, but I still loved The Starter Wife! I’m still recovering from the cancellations of Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money!

    Season, you are right about Life On Mars…it ROCKS!! I adore that show, which probably means it will be cancelled.

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    ladyofthelake

    No. Ugh, I really like the show and miniseries, hated the book. The book was crap, utter and complete crap, garabage. Yet I loved the stuff on tv, that is so weird. I really enjoyed it, it wasn’t supposed to solve world peace, it was just a fun show. But USA keeps the crap that is In Plain Sight, ugh.

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