"Football Wives": R.I.P.
AUGUST 30, 2007: Make no mistake, in my book ABC is the #1 TV network in America. And yet I don't think I will ever forgive Mickey Mouse for killing a pilot with Eddie Cibrian and James Van Der Beek playing NFL superstars who love to take off their clothes and engage in steamy Melrose Place-style shenanigans.
"Superman Returns" director Bryan Singer ("Dirty Sexy Money") helmed the brainless, but fun pilot "Football Wives" penned by "Ugly Betty" scribe Marco Pennette.
The pilot was based on the ITV sudser "Footballers' Wives" which ran for 5 trashy seasons in the UK depicting personal lives of star soccer players and their sultry wives.
Insiders initially claimed the pilot was still alive, but ABC confirmed during the TCA Tour "Football Wives" was oficially dead. Rumor has it, ABC nixed the controversial pilot (also starring Lucy Lawless) as it may not have sat well with the NFL (ABC's sister network ESPN airs Monday Night Football telecasts).