September 21, 2011 11:43pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Lifetime Cancels 'Roseanne's Nuts'
Lifetime is leaving Roseanne Barr’s farm.
According to the actress/reality show personality, the cable network has opted not to continue with a second season of Roseanne’s Nuts.
“Roseanne’s Nuts has been canceled,” Barr tweeted Wednesday. “Thanks everyone for watching!”
The reality series, which followed Barr, her partner Johnny Argent and son Jake Pentland as they lived and worked on their macadamia nut and livestock farm in Hawaii premiered in July to 1.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
After early ratings success evaporated, Lifetime shifted the series from its Wednesday time slot to Fridays and by the end of its 16-episode run, viewership had diminished to nearly half its premiere numbers.
The cancelation news comes as Barr is prepping her return to scripted comedy with Downwardly Mobile, a project she and Argent have set up at 20th Television. The sitcom would be a starring vehicle for Barr and is designed to mine similar territory to her 1990s hit Roseanne, which revolved around a blue-collar family living in challenging economic times. Steven Greener is attached as executive producer.
The project would be Barr’s first since Roseanne ended its nine-season run in 1997.
Lifetime did not immediately respond to a request for comment.