Whoopi Goldberg, who'll never win the title of TV's Miss Congeniality, has reportedly bailed out of her CBS sitcom "Bagdad Cafe."
The talented but tempestuous Goldberg reportedly called CBS Entertainment President Jeff Sagansky last week and quit after a dispute with the show's producers.Interestingly enough, these are the producers who were brought in to replace the producers Goldberg couldn't get along with last season.
There's been no official announcement from CBS, but the word is that production has been halted after the ninth episode of a 13-episode order.
It's unfortunate that an actress of Goldberg's caliber apparently has a bad attitude to go with her talent. Mr. Spud himself was witness to Goldberg's attitude last summer when she decided to become offended by a relatively innocuous question during the TV critic's press tour and became abusive, vulgar and obnoxious. And this was during an event designed to draw favorable attention to her show.
"Bagdad Cafe," in addition to suffering from an unfortunate title, never really quite clicked. It was a show full of possibilities - largely from the teaming of Goldberg and Jean Stapleton - that were never achieved.
Viewers just weren't interested - the show ranks 74th so far this season.
The story of a couple of very different women stuck in a motel/diner in the middle of the desert worked as a movie (on which the series was based), but week in and week out just didn't hold up.
Most successful sitcoms are full of characters viewers like in situations viewers enjoy. We want to drop in on the gang at Cheers, spend time in the Huxtable living room or visit the F.Y.I. newsroom with Murphy Brown.
But who wants to be stuck out in the middle of the desert with Whoopi Goldberg?`CHINA BEACH' BEACHED: It's all but over for the highly acclaimed, low-rated "China Beach."
ABC has announced that "Beach" will be pulled from the Saturday night lineup sometime in December.
Ten episodes of a 16-episode order have been completed and seven have aired, and ABC promises both that the show will return at some point and that all 16 episodes will be completed.
But don't expect to see any episodes after that.
The show ranks 82nd among 104 series on the networks so far this season, and - even worse - was losing about 4 million viewers a week from its lead-in, "The Young Riders." Even "Twin Peaks" was pulling a bigger audience than "Beach."
Not that that's a reflection on the show's quality. (Despite what some people think, high quality and high ratings are not synonymous.) "China Beach" was consistently one of the best-written, best-acted shows on television.
Beginning in January, ABC will fill the 8 p.m.-9 p.m. time slot on Saturdays with "The Company," a drama about the CIA that features a husband-and-wife team.
I know, it sounds a little silly, but the good news is that the new show's executive producer, William Broyles, was one of the co-creators of "China Beach."