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So Much for Lily Tomlin's Road to Dallas

Lily Tomlin won't appear on HBO as Dallas real estate giant Amelia Shakespeare after all
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So, turns out we might never see the HBO series 12 Miles of Bad Road after all -- a shame, I guess. The show, which is set in Dallas but shot mostly in Los Angeles, has been canned by HBO despite there being a half dozen episodes ready to go. (One of the episodes, allegedly, is titled "Texas Stadium.") Says here that the "one-hour comedy about the Shakespeare family, a millionaire Texas clan whose real estate fortune is mixed up with their eccentric antics" will be tossed, most likely because of the departure of Carolyn Strauss, the 22-year HBO vet who left over the weekend. Also, says here, "the series' creative vision was not a suitable match for the network."

But as we mentioned last month, the Writers Guild strike didn't do the show many favors -- indeed, it looked bad for the series long before Strauss' adios. Adds Hollywood Reporter this morning: "For the past few weeks, the series' executive producers [Linda] Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason have been quietly shopping the six-produced episodes to other networks, including Lifetime." So perhaps it'll resurface yet. On Lifetime, though. --Robert Wilonsky

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