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Fat Chance of Renewal

Jul 25, 2005  •  Post A Comment

During Showtime’s July 16 executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour, Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt gave a wide range of responses to the question of whether “Fat Actress,” which he called a “seven-episode event” rather than a series in his opening remarks, would return for a second season.

Mr. Greenblatt alternately replied:

  • “We haven’t decided.”

  • “Creatively there were some things about the show that I had issues with.”

  • “[Star Kirstie Alley] is down 42 pounds. … We’re trying to figure out what a second season would be creatively because she isn’t as heavy as she was in the first season.”

  • “We’re trying to figure out what the future might be or whether it was a sort of one-time kind of thing.”

  • “Some of the episodes were better than others, in my opinion.”

  • “It tended to get a little farcical and over the top in places, some much more over the top than others.”

  • “I think there’s a big tonal issue as well. … There seems to have been a pretty fair rejection by the public for shows that go into the Hollywood arena.”

  • “It was an enormous success for us.”