Showtime's 'The Comeback Girl' Starring Kathryn Hahn as Joan Rivers Not Moving Forward

Greg Berlanti-produced project had not secured Rivers’ life rights from daughter Melissa Rivers

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Showtime’s “The Comeback Girl” series starring Kathryn Hahn as Joan Rivers will not be moving forward after the Greg Berlanti-produced project failed to secure Rivers’ life rights from her daughter, Melissa Rivers, TheWrap has learned.

A spokesperson for Melissa Rivers confirmed to TheWrap Tuesday that the life rights were never purchased for the project, which was still in the development stage.

Per Variety, which first reported the news that “The Comeback Girl” would not be moving forward, “The project could have proceeded as an unauthorized venture, but ‘The Comeback Girl’ wouldn’t have been able to use any of Rivers’ jokes or catchphrases, and, of course, risked running afoul of Melissa Rivers and the estate.”

“The Comeback Girl” was to be executive produced by Hahn and Berlanti, with Berlanti also set to direct. Cosmo Carlson was writing the script and executive producing as well. The now-scrapped project was shepherded by Atlas Entertainment president Richard Suckle and vice president Robert Amidon.

The series, which was to be produced by Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions has an overall deal, would have charted Rivers’ rise following the cancellation of her short-lived late-night talk show on Fox, “The Late Show.” That show’s cancelation coincided with Rivers’ husband Edgar Rosenberg’s death by suicide. Rosenberg was a producer on “The Late Show.”

Showtime and “The Comeback Girl” studio Warner Bros. TV declined TheWrap’s request for comment, and a representative for Hahn did not immediately respond to the request.

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