There will be no third season of Jennifer Love Hewitt‘s Lifetime series The Client List. I hear it was a mutual decision between the network and producer Sony Pictures TV. While the show’s ratings slipped in Season 2 — from 2.7 million for the premiere to 2 million for the finale — I hear the reasons were mainly talent-related. As we reported in June, Lifetime and Sony TV were in a creative standoff with star Hewitt over storylines for a potential third season after the actress, who is an executive producer on the show, had requested that Brian Hallisay, her real-life fiance and father of her baby, also play her character Riley’s baby daddy on the show. I hear the issues eventually became too much for Lifetime and Sony TV, leading to today’s formal cancellation. Helping the decision is the fact that since the end of The Client List‘s second season, Lifetime successfully launched two new series: Devious Maids, which already has been renewed for a second season, and Witches Of East End, which will be. Lifetime also just picked up another season of Drop Dead Diva, which also is produced by Sony and whose ratings were on par with those for Client List, and has several pilots in production including HR starring Alicia Silverstone.
EXCLUSIVE: Last night marked the second-season finale of Lifetime‘s drama series The Client List. Last year, the network renewed the show a month into its freshman run, upping the order from 10 to 15 for Season 2. This time around, the show had a quieter run despite the recent flurry of publicity surrounding star Jennifer Love Hewitt‘s pregnancy announcement. Last night’s finale pulled 2 million viewers, down from the 2.7 million who watched the Season 1 closer.
Still, I hear the ratings dropoff is not the reason for the holdup and the main issue factoring in Lifetime’s decision whether to order a third season. The network and the series producers are figuring out how to deal with Hewitt’s pregnancy creatively and logistically. (Hewitt announced two weeks ago that she was three months along.) I hear a major sticking point has been demands from Hewitt, who serves as an executive producer on the series, about the storyline for Season 3. I hear Hewitt has asked that Brian Hallisay, her real-life fiance and father of her baby, also play her character Riley’s baby daddy on the show in a major story arc next season. I hear that is at odds with the ideas from the Client List showrunner, who I hear pitched the series’ male lead Colin Egglesfield, and the network brass, who I hear have not settled on a character as they are looking to …
Michael Beach has booked a recurring role on the Lifetime series The Client List starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as a single mother working at a massage parlor. Beach will play the boyfriend of parlor owner Georgia (Loretta Devine), a former musician who owns the bar where she works. Beach, repped by Medavoy Management and Global Artists Agency, is recurring on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy and BET’s The Game.
A month into its run, Lifetime’s new Jennifer Love Hewitt drama series The Client List has been renewed for a second season with a 15-episode order, up from 10 for Season 1. The pickup was expected following the series’ strong ratings start. Client List opened with 2.8 million viewers April 8 to log Lifetime’s most-watched series debut since the 2009 premiere of Drop Dead Diva (which also averaged 2.8 million viewers), and the second-largest premiere viewership in the last 5 years behind the 2007 launch of Lifetime’s flagship drama Army Wives. Client List‘s premiere viewership total was even more impressive given that the series debuted on Easter night with lower HUT levels and strong cable competition. Last week, the Hewitt starrer was the No. 1 drama on basic cable among adults 18-49. “The Client List represents everything we want to be — fresh, exciting and original with attitude,” Lifetime president and GM Nancy Dubuc said.
EXCLUSIVE: Boston Public alumna Loretta Devine has joined Lifetime’s new drama series The Client List as a series regular. Based on the network’s 2010 original movie, the series stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley, a Texas housewife who after being deserted by her husband ends up running a massage parlor that serves as a front for a call-girl service. Devine will play the parlor’s owner. Screen and stage veteran Devine has been recurring on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, a role that earned her an Emmy Award last year.
EXCLUSIVE: Actress-singer-songwriter Kathleen “Bird” York has joined the cast of Lifetime’s new series The Client List as a series regular. Based on the network’s 2010 original movie, the Sony TV-produced drama stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley, a Texas housewife who, after being deserted by her husband, ends up running a massage parlor which serves as a front for a call girl service. York will play Jolene, a masseuse at the parlor. York, repped by Bauman Redanty and Shaul, is best known for her role on The West Wing and her Oscar-nominated song from Crash.
Art will be imitating life in Lifetime’s two-hour original movie/backdoor pilot Sworn to Silence, starring and co-executive produced by Neve Campbell. Campbell’s brother, actor Christian Campbell, has been cast in the project, set in an Amish farming community that was shaken up by a series of brutal murders 15 years ago. It centers on Kate Burkholder (Neve Campbell), who as a young girl survived the terror and left the Amish life behind, and now returns to Painter’s Mill as its chief of police. Christian Campbell will play Kate’s brother. This is the first time the two will play siblings. Neve and Christian Campbell previously appeared together in Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical and the 1998 feature Hairshirt. Christian Campbell, who played …
EXCLUSIVE: In her first series regular role in more than a decade, Cybill Shepherd has closed a deal to co-star opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in Lifetime’s upcoming drama series The Client List. Based on the network’s 2010 original movie, the Sony TV-produced series stars Hewitt as Riley, a Texas housewife who, after being deserted by her husband, ends up running a massage parlor, The Rub, which offers more than back rubs. Shepherd will play Riley’s mother Lynette, reprising her role from the movie, where the character was named Cassie. This marks Shepherd’s first series regular role since her 1995 sitcom Cybill created by Chuck Lorre. She recently recurred on USA’s Psych, Showtime’s The L Word and ABC’s Eastwick. Shepherd is with Buchwald/Fortitude and the Hofflund Co.
EXCLUSIVE: The Playboy Club co-star Naturi Naughton has joined the cast of Lifetime’s upcoming drama series The Client List as a series regular. Based on the network’s 2010 original movie, the Sony TV-produced series stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley, a Texas housewife who, after being deserted by her husband, ends up running a massage parlor, The Rub, which offers more than back rub. Naughton will play a new character, Kendra, a beautiful, hard-working masseuse at the parlor. Actress-singer Naughton, who co-starred in the 2009 feature remake of Fame, played Black bunny Brenda on NBC’s short-lived Playboy Club.
Rebecca Field (ABC’s October Road) has joined Lifetime’s upcoming drama series The Client List as a series regular. Based on the network’s 2010 original movie, the series stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley, a Texas housewife who, after being deserted by her husband, ends up running a massage parlor. Field, repped by Greene & Associates, will play Lacey, Riley’s best friend since high school.
Rosa Salazar has been added to Fox’s comedy pilot Little Brother, about a man who finds out that he has a half-brother (T.J. Miller) he never knew about who also happens to be an ex-con. She will play the cashier/clerk at the other brother’s music store. Salazar, repped by Seven Summits & TalentWorks, came out from New York in January for the CBS Diversity Showcase and has since recurred on NBC’s Parenthood and FX’s American Horror Story.
TV CASTINGS: Colin Egglesfield To Co-Star On Lifetime Drama Series ‘The Client List’, Elizabeth Ho Joins TBS Comedy Pilot ‘BFF’
EXCLUSIVE: Colin Egglesfield (The CW’s Melrose Place) has landed a series regular role on Lifetime’s upcoming drama series The Client List. Based on the network’s 2010 original movie, the Sony TV-produced series stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as a Texas housewife who, after being deserted by her husband, takes a job at a seemingly traditional day spa in a neighboring town but realizes that the parlor offers way more than massages and ends up partnering with the parlor’s feisty and disorganized owner to run the business. All My Children alum Egglesfield will play a new character, Hewitt’s brother-in-law.
Elizabeth Ho (Melissa & Joey) has joined the cast of TBS’ half-hour comedy pilot BFF, from Conan O’Brien’s production company and Warner Horizon. It centers on Mark (Jay Malone), a family man who quits his day job and returns to the neighborhood where he grew up. There, he reunites with his quirky childhood best friend Roland (David Neher), who still lives with his parents (Barry Bostwick, Julie Hagerty). Ho, repped by Stone Manners Salners and Vincent Cirrincione & Assoc., will play Mark’s enthusiastic and positive wife Annie who welcomes Roland into their family.
Lifetime has picked up The Client List, a new hourlong series based on the network’s 2010 movie starring and executive produced by Jennifer Love Hewitt. Hewitt is set to reprise her role and executive produce the series, which has received a 10-episode order for a 2012 launch. Additionally, Lifetime has signed a first-look development deal for both series and movies with Hewitt’s production company Fedora Films. The deal includes a directing gig for Hewitt on a future Lifetime movie.
The Client List is about a Texas housewife (Hewitt) who, after being deserted by her husband, takes a job at a seemingly traditional day spa in a neighboring town but realizes that the parlor offers way more than massages and ends up partnering with the parlor’s feisty and disorganized owner to run the business. The series will follow her as she balances two starkly different lives — one as a single mom in a conservative town struggling to provide for her family and the other as a savvy and ambitious businesswoman working with a rowdy, sexy and unpredictable group of women.