Exclusive: USA cancels 'The Starter Wife'

Thestarterwife_lUSA Network has filed for divorce from The Starter Wife, citing irreconcilable ratings.

When the Debra Messing-fronted Wife debuted in 2007 as a six-hour miniseries, it attracted more than 5 million viewers and went on to earn 10 Emmy nominations. However, ratings for its 10-episode first season averaged just 2.4 million viewers — a decent number by most cable standards, but not for USA, where its top shows (Burn Notice, Monk) regularly pull in around 6 million.

In an exclusive statement, USA called Starter Wife a “critical and creative success,” and added that the Dec. 12 season finale served as a “satisfying conclusion” to the franchise.

Do you agree? Did Wife‘s climax satisfy you? Are you grateful you got those 10 bonus episodes, or should it have just remained a miniseries? And, putting your agent cap on for a moment, what do you think Messing should do next? Sound off in the comments section!

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  • Karen

    I’m kind of bummed. I liked it as a fluffy Friday night show. I don’t pretend that it was mind blowing entertainment, but it was fun for what it was. (And the ending was not satisfactory, Joan on the run?)

  • Anonymous

    didn’t it end with joan actually fleeing from the police, no one knowing who killed her husband and molly breaking up with zach?? that is not a satisfying conclusion…!!

  • Ashley Keen

    Thank goodness I won’t have to feel guilty for enjoying this show ever again. ;)

  • Chris

    I agree Karen. Are they serious? crappy ending. Its no wonder I don’t bother watching any of USA’s other shows. BOOOOOOOOO

  • Michelle H.

    It should have stayed a mini-series. I lost interest as soon as members of the original cast did not return.

  • Josh

    I thought the show was really coming together and I enjoyed it. Debra Messing was terrific.

  • Lucy

    I’m kinda bummed too…I liked watching the repeats on Saturday or Sunday mornings.

  • Screw me once…

    i didn’t watch this show, but my mom said it was really good. I’m still made @ lifetime about the cancellation of that show about the chick who breaks off her engagement and starts a love affair w/the cell phone dude (i forgot the name of it), but i loved both it and the cast. JP from 90210 was on it as well

  • abcsucks!

    made should be mad…”i’m still mad @ lifetime”…oh, and Rita Rocks, well, it rocks!

  • Cynthia

    Seriously? That’s how it’s going to end? The least they could do is make a final episode & finish it right.

  • C

    The mini-series was way better. The replacements cast members didn’t hold a candle to the original cast.
    I hope Debra Messing finds something new, she is much too talented to not be working.

  • Emma

    That kinda sucks. I agree that it didn’t exact reach new heights of originality but it was a fun friday night show I’ll certainly miss. Debra Messing was terrific in that role. I guess looking back though, the finale wasn’t as much of a cliffhanger as I thought it was at first.

  • matt

    To USA Network: This sucks! (for lack of a better word).
    The season finale (series) was not a satisfying conclusion! I loved this show and looked forward to it.
    Debra Messing will get another show soon, she is way too good not to!

  • David4

    Maybe Lifetime will pick it up, they would love 2 million viewers.

  • chelle

    Really? Joan relapsing in a bar while on the run from the cops is satisfying? I must be missing something. (Though I will admit to being relieved that I will never have to see Rodney’s heart get broken.)

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