HBO produced another kind of drama this week — the behind-the-scenes variety — as entertainment president Carolyn Strauss exited her tastemaking post. (She will stay with the network in a to-be-determined capacity.) Strauss held various programming positions at the network over 22 years, and was instrumental in the rise of such hits as The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and Six Feet Under, but had not recently found many big-buzz replacements. Meanwhile, thanks to those ol’ creative differences, HBO decided it will not air the highly anticipated 12 Miles of Bad Road, an hour-long comedy series about an eccentric Dallas family. Lily Tomlin, Gary Cole, and Mary Kay Place shot 6 of the show’s 10 episodes before production shut down due to the WGA strike; now the network has passed on airing it altogether. Which means that you may never get to see out-there scenes like the one in which a mentally challenged teenager (who is referred to on screen as ”retarded”) wears her tantric-sex-loving stepmom-to-be’s fur knee pads to soccer practice. But fear not: Exec producers Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason are now trying to pave their Road at another network. — Additional reporting by Ari Karpel
Posted March 21 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT
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