08/19/2003 at 12:00 AM EDT
Roseanne Barr's comeback appears to have come and gone.
A hysterectomy scheduled for this Wednesday has forced the cancellation of the comedian's upcoming cooking show, "Domestic Goddess" on the ABC Family cable channel, and will likely also claim its sister ABC reality show, "The Real Roseanne Show," the Associated Press reports.
"Domestic Goddess" was to premiere Sept. 20, and while production was underway, no completed episodes were available to be broadcast, a network spokeswoman tells AP.
ABC, however, had already launched "The Real Roseanne Show," on which cameras followed Barr, 49, as she pitched "Domestic Goddess" to various network executives.
And while production on "Real Roseanne" is complete, the show's ratings to date have been real lousy. The Aug. 6 debut episode drew fewer than 5.5 million viewers, ranking it No. 59 for the week.
Without "Domestic Goddess" on the horizon, ABC is taking a "hard look" at whether to keep the reality series, spokesman Kevin Brockman said Monday.