Notes from the Underbelly
|Notes from the Underbelly|
|Starring||See cast and characters|
|Narrated by||Peter Cambor|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||23 (8 unaired) (List of episodes)|
|Camera setup||Single-camera setup|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||The Tannenbaum Company
Warner Bros. Television
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original run||April 12, 2007– February 11, 2008|
Notes from the Underbelly is an American sitcom that was aired on ABC from 2007 to 2008, originally debuting as a mid-season replacement. The series is based upon the novel of the same name by Risa Green, and was produced by Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (previously producing Two and a Half Men) for Warner Bros. Television. The title is a parody of Dostoevsky's novel Notes from Underground.
Originally, it was supposed to debut on October 5, 2006, along with Big Day, but ABC made a last-minute change in its schedule by moving Ugly Betty to Thursday, thus replacing both sitcoms. After numerous scheduling changes prior to the shows premiere, the show premiered Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 10:00PM Eastern/9:00PM Central, and moved to its regular Wednesday timeslot at 8:30PM Eastern/7:30PM Central on April 18.
Notes from the Underbelly began its second season on November 26, 2007 in the new timeslot of 9:30PM Eastern/8:30PM Central on Mondays, leading out of fall's second highest rated freshman sitcom, Samantha Who?.
On May 13, 2008, ABC opted not to renew the series for a third season.
In Russia, all 23 episodes of the series were shown on NTV.
The series chronicles the life of Andrew and Lauren, a couple who are expecting their first child, and the unlikely help and advice of their family and friends who also want to share in the couple's joy and pains on the road to parenthood.
Cast and characters
|Lauren Stone||Jennifer Westfeldt|
|Andrew Stone||Peter Cambor|
Despite playing parents on the series, the majority of the cast has had little real life experience with pregnancy.
- Bari Halle
- Livia Hanich
- Stacy Traub
- Barry Sonnenfeld
- Eric Tannenbaum
- Kim Tannenbaum
- Greg Schaffer
- Jana Hunter
- Gary Murphy
- John Quaintance
- Lesley Wake
- Dan Kopelman
- Mitch Hunter
- Steve Joe
- Diane Mercer
- Steve Schaffer
- Russ Woody
Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Notes from the Underbelly on ABC:
Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, or occasionally early June, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
|Season||Timeslot (EDT)||Season Premiere||Season Finale||TV Season||Rank||Viewers
|1||Thursday 10:00 P.M. (April 12, 2007)
Wednesday 8:30 P.M.(April 18 – May 16, 2007)
|April 12, 2007||May 16, 2007||2006–2007||#109||5.5||2.2/6 (#99)|
|2||Monday 9:30 P.M. (November 26, 2007 – February 11, 2008)||November 26, 2007||February 11, 2008||2007–2008||#112||5.2||1.9/5 (N/A)|
- The second season performance is current as of January 20, 2008 
- Barbara Zitwer: US literary agent for this novel
- Ford Sullivan, Brian (2007-10-24). "ABC FLIPS 'TREES,' '20/20'; BOOKS WINTER PREMIERES". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
- ABC Announces Their 2008-09 Schedule. Who's Been Cancelled?
- "Failed Pregnancy Test". MomLogic.com. 2007-12-10.
- "Hollywood Reporter: 2006-07 primetime wrap". Hollywood Reporter. May 25, 2007.[dead link]
- ABC Medianet