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USA Cancels Debra Messing Series The Starter Wife

USA Breaks Up With The Starter Wife

Uh-oh, Starter Wife fans — it looks like this is the end of the road for Molly Kagen. USA has decided not to renew Debra Messing's show for a second season.

When it aired as a miniseries in the Summer of 2007, The Starter Wife was an unquestioned success, garnering 10 Emmy nominations and getting as many as 5 million viewers (though it was closer to 3 million by the end). But as a regular series this Fall, the show averaged just 2.4 million viewers, which, according to Entertainment Weekly, wasn't enough for USA to renew it. In a statement, the producers called the December finale a "satisfying conclusion" to the story.

It's a bummer for me, because I thought the show was much better as a regular series than it had been as a mini. Everything was just higher quality — the storylines were more interesting, Molly's journey of personal growth intrigued me more, and best of all, they did away with the freaking homeless man from the mini-series. Also, I was looking forward to watching Molly get to make her movie, Wife Goes On. And I'll certainly miss seeing Debra Messing on my TV each week, but I'm equally sad to say goodbye to her quirky, lovable friends: Joan and Rodney.

Tell me: Did you watch the series? Will you miss Molly? And what would you like to see Messing do next?

Photo courtesy of USA

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cap24 cap24 8 years
I was disappointed to learn that Starter Wife will not be returning. I enjoyed watching this show as it always kept you on the edge of the seat not knowing what will come next. The characters in the show were outstanding. Really sorry it will not be back on USA and it will be missed.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
A friend of mine mentioned this show the other night, and I didn't even know it had become a regular series. Way to promote your shows, USA.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Yes watched TSW. I actually hated when NBC moved Lipstick Jungle to the same air time as TSW. But the show pretty much ended with closure for Molly and her male friend. Only Judy Davis' character still really has an open storyline.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
def. agree with allyace--not as sad as pushing daisies--but i always had this on my dvr
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
here's the thing with the series once it became a series. the plot line was a bit far-fetched at times, and well i didn't necessarily know what to follow with it. the other piece is that it was on at times that i had no idea about. at least when it was FIRST on as a min-series, there was a lot of promotion and advertising around it, but this time there was nada and i ended up catching it sometimes when it was re-aired days later.
smileyface smileyface 8 years
Oh no! This makes me sad. I watched the series every week and I was looking forward to it coming back. I wanted to know what would happen with Joan and I too wanted to see Molly make her movie! This is sad news...:(
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Sorry buzz but I was one of those people who watched it as a miniseries and not the regular season. I was just too mad at her ex-husband and dying for the show to get rid of him or at least show less of him. btw- I didn't like the homeless guy either.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
This show was just cute fun entertainment. Definitely fluff. I'm not heartbroken or anything (Pushing Daisies *sniff, sniff*), but I always enjoyed watching it. And I love Debrah Messing.
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