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Minnie Driver criticises US television

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Minnie Driver has criticised US television following the cancellation of her show The Riches.

The series, which also starred Eddie Izzard, was axed by FX in 2008 after two seasons.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Driver admitted that she became disillusioned when the show was dropped.

"It was shocking the way in which it was dealt with," she said. "I didn't want to do television ever again."

Driver suggested that television "is much more micro-managed in the US" and complained about certain studio executives, claiming that "you can't imagine they're not working for a Japanese conglomerate that has nothing to do with anything creative".

Driver also revealed that she was often shocked about the way she was treated on set, saying: "[I would hear executives say,] 'Unbutton two more buttons on her shirt so we can see more boob'."

However, the Good Will Hunting star revealed that she loved the script for her new BBC drama The Deep.

"It's varied, it's complicated, it's weird, it's emotional and physical," she said. "It's all those things that you want. I'm interested in pioneering stuff."

The Deep begins on Tuesday, August 3 at 9pm on BBC One.

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