The series was created by now-legendary Designing Women scribe Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, and had a first-rate cast. Lily Tomlin. Mary Kay Place. Leslie Jordan. Gary Cole. And so many other fabulous actors you may not yet know by name, like Katherine LaNasa, Leigh-Allyn Baker (from Will & Grace), Eliza Coupe (now on Scrubs), Kim Dickens, Tara Karsian and Ilana Milicevic.
But more important than its amazing pedigree, 12 Miles of Bad Road was simply just a fun, funny show. With the timing of its production, it seems to have been at least partially a victim of the writers' strike of 2007-08. But HBO's cancellation of a series in mid-production is exceedingly rare. Remember, they even let that turkey John From Cincinnati hit the airwaves.
It's a mystery why the network never let 12 Miles find the fans -- like the Designing Women devotees and Lily Tomlin adorers -- who were waiting for it. Here's the best I can do: a trailer for the never-to-be show (unless HBO relinquishes it to another network, I hope, I hope!):