Courting Alex

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Courting Alex
Courting Alex.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Rob Hanning
Starring Jenna Elfman
Josh Randall
Hugh Bonneville
Dabney Coleman
Jillian Bach
Josh Stamberg
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (4 unaired)
Production
Producer(s) Faye Oshima Belyeu
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Touchstone Television
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run January 23 – March 29, 2006 (2006-03-29)

Courting Alex is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from January 23 to March 29, 2006, and was a vehicle for Jenna Elfman of Dharma & Greg fame.

Elfman portrays Alex Rose, a successful, single attorney who works with her father Bill (Dabney Coleman) at his law firm. Alex struggles with dating while looking for love in a big city. Her father wants her to settle down with her coworker Stephen (Josh Stamberg), a star lawyer at the firm who is smitten with her. She prefers Scott (Josh Randall), the tavern owner she meets in the first episode, who her father doesn't approve of. Alex relies on the advice of her assistant Molly (Jillian Bach) and British neighbor Julian (Hugh Bonneville).

Comedian Wayne Federman has a recurring role as office sycophant, Johnson.

Show history[edit]

The show's working titles were Everything I Know about Men and The Jenna Elfman Show. The stage for the office where Alex works is a redressed version of the Winfred-Louder Department Store set used by The Drew Carey Show.

Despite starting off with impressive numbers, ratings for Courting Alex fell hard after the show was moved to Wednesday nights. The show was not picked up for a second season in May 2006 when CBS canned Courting Alex and fellow freshman series Out of Practice.

The show's theme song was performed by Nikka Costa.

Broadcasters[edit]

Starting July 24 Paramount Comedy 1 in the UK started airing Courting Alex every Monday at 9pm in double bills.

In 2007 Talpa in the Netherlands started airing Courting Alex every Sunday.

For Thailand, Courting Alex was airing on True Series (True Visions).

In Serbia, Courting Alex was airing weeknights at 8pm on TV Avala.

In Croatia, Courting Alex or Sve sto znam o muškarcima was airing weeknights at 1pm on Nova TV.

In the UK, Courting Alex was airing weekdays at 9am on Paramount Comedy 1 from May 28, 2007.

In Turkey, Courting Alex will be airing Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Sept 26 2007.

In Australia, Courting Alex is currently aired on Channel Ten at midnight on Tuesdays.

In Poland the show called simply Alex is frequently rerun on Comedy Central Poland and recently (June 2008) started on POLSAT TV on weekdays' mornings.

Episodes[edit]

Episode # Name Airdate Production Code
1 "A Tale of Two Kisses" January 23, 2006 101
2 "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" January 30, 2006 102
3 "Girlfriend" February 6, 2006 104
4 "New Best Friend" February 13, 2006 105
5 "The Fix-Up" February 27, 2006 108
6 "Birthday" March 6, 2006 103
7 "The Mattress" March 22, 2006 106
8 "Client" March 29, 2006 107
9 "The Perfect Couple" Unaired 109
10 "You Complete Me" Unaired 110
11 "Alex Looks Out for Stephen" Unaired 111
12 "A Moving Story" Unaired 112

American ratings[edit]

Based on the average total viewers per episode of Courting Alex on CBS:[1]

Season Timeslot (EDT) Series Premiere Series Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
18-49 Rating/Share
(rank)
1 Monday 9:30 P.M. (January 23, 2006 - March 6, 2006)
Wednesday 8:00 P.M. (March 22, 2006 - March 29, 2006)
January 23, 2006 March 29, 2006 2005-2006 #35 11.2 3.7/8 (#39)

Despite a decent respectable rating average that passed the 10 million meter mark the show was not renewed for a second season and was canceled mid-way into the season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: 2005-06 primetime wrap". Hollywood Reporter. May 26, 2006. [dead link]

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