HBO Exits '12 Miles of Bad Road'
Lily Tomlin dramedy being shopped elsewhere
The cable network has decided not to go forward with the series, which completed only part of its initial 10-episode order because of the writers' strike and is now seeking a new home, the showbiz trade papers report. The show stars Lily Tomlin as a wealthy Dallas real estate agent and matriarch of a large family.
HBO greenlit the series in early 2007 under the auspices of entertainment president Carolyn Strauss, who stepped down over the weekend. Executive producers Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason ("Designing Women") managed to complete six episodes before the strike, but the network decided not to resume production after scribes returned to work.
Now the show's fate is up in the air. The Thomasons have been shopping the show to other networks; the trades say Lifetime is among those who have expressed an interest, but no deal has been made.
In addition to Tomlin, "12 Miles of Bad Road" features Gary Cole ("The West Wing," "Office Space"), Kim Dickens ("Deadwood"), Mary Kay Place ("Big Love"), Katherine LaNasa ("Love Monkey") and David Andrews ("JAG").