Sorry, Jennifer Love Hewitt – Lifetime Crosses Off 'The Client List'
Jennifer Love Hewitt in "The Client List"
Jennifer Love Hewitt won't be taking on any new clients.
After two seasons, Lifetime has canceled "The Client List," in which Hewitt played a single mother who works as a massage therapist to support her family.
It's a surprising turn of events for a show that began as a television movie. After the movie's success, the cable network ordered it to series and renewed it for a second season just one month in.
But Season 2 saw a notable ratings dip — an average of around 2.1 million viewers to the first season's 2.5 million. The June finale drew in just 2 million viewers, compared to the 2.7 million who watched the Season 1 ender.
Still, Deadline says that the ratings weren't the reason behind the show's cancellation. Rather, Hewitt — who both stars in and produces "The Client List" — was at odds with producers and the network over how to play out her real-life pregnancy on the show.
Hewitt's character, Riley, was also going to be pregnant on the show, but the star wanted the character played by her fiancé/baby daddy, Brian Hallisay, to also be the father of Riley's baby. But, as Deadline noted earlier this year, the showrunner wanted Colin Egglesfield's character to be the dad.
The impasse held up renewal talks, and it seems the network just decided to throw its hands in the air and call it a day. Lifetime may have felt it no longer needed "The Client List," thanks to the successful debuts of "Devious Maids" and "Witches of East End."
This isn't the first time a star's real-life pregnancy made a big impact on her show. Sometimes, it's written into the show (Lisa Kudrow on "Friends," Chandra Wilson on "Grey's Anatomy") and sometimes it's not (Courteney Cox on "Friends," Ellen Pompeo on "Grey's Anatomy"). Recently, "Scandal" star Kerry Washington announced that she is expecting, and producers quickly made clear that her pregnancy will not be written into the show.
Hewitt and the cast of "The Client List" have yet to comment on the show's cancellation, but fans on Twitter were vocal about their sadness over the news:
Wow. I cant believe the freaking Client List got cancelled. Wtf? That was mine & my moms show too. Dang. :(— Jennifer Michaels. (@JennyBunnyxo) November 1, 2013
and The Client list is canceled?! nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo— Shameika Rene (@Mofochronicles) November 1, 2013
Still, this might not be the end of Hewitt's relationship with the network. She inked an overall development deal with Lifetime back in 2011 and, as far as we know, is still hard at work putting together another show, "Darcy's Town," a modern retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."
Watch a clip from "The Client List":