I’m a little baffled by the behind-the-scenes squabble going on between the producers of Lifetime’s The Client List. The series just wrapped its second season with a finale only reaching 2 million viewers, as opposed to the 2.7 million who tuned in for the first season finale. But the drop in numbers isn’t what’s keeping the show from being renewed for Season 3. Instead, it’s star Jennifer Love Hewitt’s pregnancy, or, to be more specific, it’s how her pregnancy will be written into the show that’s become the impassable roadblock. Hewitt, who is also an executive producer, just doesn’t agree with what the showrunner or the network has planned.
This is one of those situations where, in hindsight, it seems like it was a bad idea to give the talent as much power as Hewitt has been given in this situation. According to Deadline, Hewitt wants her character, Riley, to be pregnant with the child of Brian Hallisay’s character, who is Hewitt’s real life fiancé and father of her child. But the showrunner would much rather have male lead Colin Egglesfield be the baby daddy. Lifetime is open to exploring different options for handling the pregnancy, but does not support Hallisay as the father.
It’s interesting to note Hallisay started off recurring on The Client List, but was made a regular in Season 2 at the behest of Hewitt. This seems a clear-cut case of nepotism to me and perhaps that’s the way everyone else, minus Hewitt, sees the situation as well. The two sides have reached the point where both parties are prepared to walk away from the show, though some kind of compromise must be achievable, right? I can’t be the only one who thinks this is a tad silly and sees Hewitt as in the wrong. She shouldn’t be this controlling creatively. Who cares if your fiancé isn’t the fictional father of your child as long as he’s the real life one?