"Dirty Sexy Money" Suspends Production
ABC's highly touted sudser "Dirty Sexy Money" will shut down production for 8 days after fifth episode of the New York-based drama is filmed later this month, reports TV Guide. Is the soap in trouble before it even premiered?
Although this may be a sign of trouble behind the scenes of the ritzy series, similar hiatuses were imposed on other ABC productions in the past, including "Grey's Anatomy," "Ugly Betty" and "Brothers & Sisters" and they all turned out to be major hits.
One year ago, freshman drama "Brothers & Sisters" seemed doomed when ABC shut down production, a showrunner left the series, changes were made to the drama's principal cast, the pilot episode was re-shot and an entire third episode was tossed out.
With the help of its powerful (albeit weakened) lead-in "Desperate Housewives" the wine-loving Walker family of "Brothers & Sisters" made their way into the living rooms of over 12 million Americans making it one of the highest rated new shows of the 2006-2007 season.
ABC Studio insists the shutdown on "Dirty Sexy Money" will not affect the drama's September 26 premiere date and the producers are only going to do a bit of "fine-tuning" in order to "get it right" which is why "ABC dramas are successful."
Meanwhile, the network has released a new set of promo stills including this glossy cast photo with Blair Underwood who joined the show as Donald Sutherland's nemesis and a Cliff Barnes ("Dallas") type of character. I should have the rest of the stills later today along with some spoilers from early episodes.