"It's All Relative" and "Whoopi" Canceled; Donna Murphy Sitcom Retooled

News   "It's All Relative" and "Whoopi" Canceled; Donna Murphy Sitcom Retooled
Two sitcoms that made their network debuts this past season have been canceled, and one possibility for the upcoming season is being sent back for retooling.
Donna Murphy (left), with Jennifer Westfeldt
Donna Murphy (left), with Jennifer Westfeldt Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Variety reports that both ABC's "It's All Relative" — starring Triumph of Love's Christopher Sieber, Love! Valour! Compassion!'s John Benjamin Hickey and Tony Award winner Harriet Harris — and NBC's "Whoopi" — starring stage and screen star Whoopi Goldberg — have been canceled. ABC has also given the boot to "Life with Bonnie," "I'm With Her" and "Married to the Kellys"; other canceled series from this season include "Boomtown," "Coupling," "Ed,""Good Morning Miami," "Happy Family," "The Lyon's Den," "Miss Match" and "The Tracy Morgan Show."

The industry paper also reports that "My 11:30" — the pilot co-starring Wonderful Town's Donna Murphy and Jeff Goldblum — has not been picked up by NBC but is "in contention for midseason." The program, about a playboy/financial consultant who begins to meltdown from the pressures of his job and lifestyle, is "being retooled and resubmitted for consideration."

Whoopi Goldberg starred in the eponymous "Whoopi," which aired Tuesday evenings from 8 to 8:30 PM on the peacock network. "Whoopi" cast Goldberg as "a one-hit wonder singer who becomes an opinionated 'hotelier' running her own small hotel in New York any way she wants." The comedy co-starred Wren T. Brown as her younger brother Courtney, Elizabeth Regen as Courtney’s white girlfriend Rita and Omid Djalili as Nasim.

"It's All Relative" played Wednesday evenings at 8:30 PM on ABC. Among the cast of the comedy were Sieber, Hickey and Harris. The company also included Reid Scott and Maggie Lawson, who played, respectively, Bobby O'Neill and Liz, who became engaged in the sitcom's first episode.

It was the meeting of the engaged couple's parents that sparked the program's comedy. Bobby, a working-class guy, was from a traditional working-class family (Lenny Clarke and Harris played his parents), while Liz had two Dads (Sieber and Hickey played the gay couple). Paige Moss also co-starred as Bobby's sister Maddy.

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