Pepper Dennis

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Pepper Dennis
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Genre Comedy drama
Created by Gretchen J. Berg
Aaron Harberts
Starring Rebecca Romijn
Brooke Burns
Rider Strong
Josh Hopkins
Lindsay Price
Opening theme "Pepper Dennis Theme" by Danny Lux
"Better Half" by Chris Trapper
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Aaron Harberts
Jason Katims
Gretchen J. Berg
Shawn Levy
J.J. Klein
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Broadcast
Original channel The WB
Original run April 4, 2006 (2006-04-04) – July 4, 2006 (2006-07-04)

Pepper Dennis is a comedy-drama television series that aired on The WB from April to July 4, 2006. It was quickly announced on May 17, 2006 that Pepper Dennis would not be one of the WB shows transferred to The CW. Pepper Dennis was the final show to premiere on The WB before its transition to The CW network.[1]

The song used in commercials for the show was "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" by KT Tunstall, and the opening theme song is "Better Half" by Chris Trapper, the former frontman for the Boston pop group The Push Stars. Another song that the WB used for advertising "Pepper Dennis" was Morningwood's "Nth Degree" which also appeared in another WB drama, One Tree Hill.

Plot[edit]

The series stars Rebecca Romijn as Pepper Dennis, a television reporter for an evening news broadcast at the fictional television station WEiE (specifically with a small i) in Chicago. The series also starred Rider Strong as Chick, Pepper's cameraman and unrequited crush, Brooke Burns as Pepper's sheltered and somewhat flaky sister Kathy Dinkle, Lindsay Price as Kimmy Kim, Pepper's closest friend and WEiE's makeup artist and Josh Hopkins as Charlie Babcock, the station's news anchor. One of the focal points of the show was the love-hate relationship between Pepper and Charlie.

Cast[edit]

Regular cast[edit]

Actor Role
Rebecca Romijn Pepper Dennis (Patty Dinkle)
Brooke Burns Kathy Dinkle Williams
Josh Hopkins Charlie Babcock
Lindsay Price Kimmy Kim
Rider Strong Chick Dirka

Recurring characters[edit]

Actor Role
Brett Cullen Jack Bell
Frederick Koehler Leslie "Les" Gaye
Alexandra Barreto Blanca Martinez
Jason Brooks Bryce Williams
Bob Gunton Dick Dinkle
Pamela Reed Lynn Dinkle
A.J. Trauth Mitch Dinkle
Pooch Hall Garfield
Larisa Oleynik Brianna
Henry Simmons Curtis Wilson
Bob Wiltfong Lance Powers

Other characters[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Series
#
Title Writer(s) Director Original airdate Code
1 "Pilot" Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts Shawn Levy April 4, 2006 (2006-04-04) 1ALR79
Pepper Dennis had her sights set on becoming the anchor for Chicago’s top-rated evening news broadcast. Just as she thought that her dream was about to come true this hot new guy, Charlie Babcock, whom she had a one night stand with gets the job. Pepper's life is further complicated when her sister Kathy, who has split up with her husband, decides to move in.
2 "Poker Clubs And Boob Cams" Aaron Harberts, Gretchen J. Berg Lev L. Spiro April 11, 2006 (2006-04-11) 1ALR01
Pepper goes undercover to expose a prostitution ring at a poker club and find a little more than she anticipated. During a sexual harassment seminar at work Pepper finds herself in a compromising position with Charlie, causing her to re-evaluate her feelings for him. Kathy agrees reconcile with her husband.
3 "Frat Boys May Lose Their Manhood" Matt McGuinness Oz Scott April 18, 2006 (2006-04-18) 1ALR02
Pepper's breakdown on air during a live interview lands her in therapy where she is forced to confront her feelings for and issues with Charlie. Desperate to prove that she still has what it takes to get a story, Pepper ends up being a hostage at a fraternity hazing ritual gone wrong.
4 "Heiress Bridenapped" Adele Lim Robert Berlinger April 25, 2006 (2006-04-25) 1ALR03
When someone has a wedding Pepper soon realizes the bride is kidnapped.
5 "Saving Venice" Jason Katims Allison Liddi-Brown May 2, 2006 (2006-05-02) 1ALR04
6 "Celebrity Twin Could Hang" Lisa Parsons Michael Schultz May 9, 2006 (2006-05-09) 1ALR05
7 "Curtis Wilson's A Total Nut Job" Liz Heldens Robert Berlinger May 16, 2006 (2006-05-16) 1ALR06
8 "Hiroshi Watanabe in Bed with Curtis Wilson" Christopher Fife Allison Liddi-Brown May 23, 2006 (2006-05-23) 1ALR07
9 "Charlie Babcock's Homosexual Encounter" Jason Katims Robert Berlinger May 30, 2006 (2006-05-30) 1ALR08
10 "Dennis, Bulgari, Big Losers at Acorns" Katherine Lingenfelter David Paymer June 6, 2006 (2006-06-06) 1ALR09
11 "Pepper Dennis Behind Bars" Katherine Lingenfelter Allison Liddi-Brown June 20, 2006 (2006-06-20) 1ALR10
12 "True Love is Dead" Adele Lim, Liz Heldens Peter Lauer June 27, 2006 (2006-06-27) 1ALR11
13 "Star Anchor Weds Colleague" Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts Arlene Sanford July 4, 2006 (2006-07-04) 1ALR12
Babcock has unexpectedly proposed to Pepper, and they find themselves walking down the aisle together. Unfortunately for Pepper, she learns that Babcock's proposal isn't motivated out of love.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fitzgerald, Toni (4 April 2006). "'Pepper Dennis,' one full hour too long". Media Life Magazine. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 

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