It’s been over a month since we heard an update regarding Showtime The Return Girl, and now Variety is announcing that the development of the limited series on the life of late comedian and host Joan Rivers has been officially canceled. The project was supposed to be led by Emmy nominee Kathryn Hahn, who was previously attached to playing Rivers.
According to the outlet, the reason for the cancellation was that the producers, including Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Production, failed to secure the lifetime rights to Rivers of her daughter, Melissa Rivers. Even though the project could have played out as an unauthorized biographical drama, it couldn’t have included any of the famous comedian’s jokes and catchphrases. That’s why they ultimately decided to drop the show out of respect for Melissa Rivers and the estate.
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The Return Girl would have taken place mainly as a result of The late show With Joan Rivers cancellation and reportedly followed Rivers as she deals with not only the cancellation of her TV show, but also the unexpected death of her husband, Edgar Rosenberg.
âPioneer. Adored. Cruel. Diva. Joan Rivers had a life like no other, âreads the series diary. âAt 54, she was a superstar actressâ¦ and then it all fell apart. The Return Girl is the awe-inspiring, untold story of how Joan Rivers persevered through suicide and the professional abyss to rebuild herself and her career to become a global icon.
The canceled project was to be produced by Hahn, Greg Berlanti and Cosmo Carlson, with Berlanti to direct from a script written by Carlson. Carlson’s script for the series started out as a specific script, but was picked up by Richard Suckle and Robert Amidon of Atlas Entertainment, who then brought it to Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions.
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Despite this, Hahn fans will still be able to see her in two upcoming projects, including: Apple TV + The narrowing next door, and Netflix’s star-studded thriller sequel knives outside 2. For her most recent performance as Agatha Harkness in Disney + WandaVision, she landed an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series. She would reprise the fan-favorite role in Marvel Studios’ potential WandaVision spinoff series.