Ruby & The Rockits

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Ruby & The Rockits
Ruby&TheRockitsCast.jpg
The main characters of Ruby & The Rockits (from left to right), David, Ruby, Jordan, Patrick, Audie and Ben.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Shaun Cassidy
Ed Yeager
Developed by Shaun Cassidy
Starring Alexa Vega
Patrick Cassidy
Austin Butler
Katie A. Keane
Kurt Doss
David Cassidy
Theme music composer David Cassidy
Opening theme "You Are Where I Live" by Alexa Vega
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Shaun Cassidy
Marsh McCall
Camera setup Film; Multi-camera
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Shaun Cassidy Productions
ABC Studios
ABC Family Original Productions
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC Family
Picture format 480i (SDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Original run July 21, 2009 – September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22)
External links
Website

Ruby & The Rockits is an American comedy series executive produced by Shaun Cassidy and Marsh McCall.[1] The series premiered on Tuesday, July 21, 2009.

The series was created by Shaun Cassidy, the creator of American Gothic and Invasion, brother of cast member Patrick Cassidy, and half-brother of the show's star David Cassidy. Their youngest brother Ryan Cassidy worked on the show in a behind-the-scenes capacity.

Premise[edit]

Ruby & The Rockits follows Patrick Gallagher, a former teen icon, who has chosen to lead a quiet life with his wife Audie (herself an ex-1980s music video dancer) and two sons. But when his former Rockits band mate and brother, David, shows up unexpectedly with his new-found teenage daughter in town, the Gallagher family's life becomes anything but normal. David, who refuses to give up his past glory days, comes to Patrick for help raising Ruby while he continues to perform. Patrick must now put the past with David behind them in order to help raise Ruby and keep order within the rest of the Gallagher clan.

Production[edit]

Ruby & The Rockits was written by former teen idol Shaun Cassidy and Ed Yeager, with teleplay by Ed Yeager and Marsh McCall. Former teen idol David Cassidy (The Partridge Family), his brother Patrick Cassidy (Smallville), Katie A. Keane, Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), and Austin Butler (Zoey 101) star in the series.

ABC Family announced on October 8, 2008 that the pilot had been greenlit[2] and, on February 2, 2009, announced it had ordered 10 episodes for a full season.[3] The series premiere of Ruby & the Rockits was watched by 1.6 million viewers.[4]

In September 2009, ABC Family decided not to order any additional episodes, effectively canceling the series after one season.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Patrick Cassidy as Patrick Gallagher - Ex-Rockit band member now owns a car dealership. Held a grudge with David that caused the Rockits to break up. Married to Audie and father of Jordan and Ben.
  • David Cassidy as David Gallagher - Ex-Rockit member and now works in a Native American casino as a nightly performer. Ruby is his daughter that he placed in the care of his brother and former band mate Patrick.
  • Katie A. Keane as Audie Gallagher - Ex-music video dancer. Met Patrick on the set of a Rockits music video. Married to Patrick and mother to Jordan and Ben.
  • Alexa Vega as Ruby Gallagher - Her mother died when she was 12, so she went to move in with her grandparents, who she claims forgot she was there, so she went to go find her dad. She is typically a polite, well-meaning girl.
  • Austin Butler as Jordan Gallagher - Jordan is a typical teenage boy. He has a crush on Ruby even though they are cousins. He likes to write songs and play guitar and post them on the internet. He and Ruby often get into trouble by going against Patrick and Audie's wishes.
  • Kurt Doss as Ben Gallagher - The youngest of the family, who possesses a notable sarcastic wit. He often teases Jordan for liking Ruby.

Critical reception[edit]

Ruby & the Rockits received a score of 60 out of 100 from review aggregator Metacritic.[6] Reviews were mixed but generally favorable. Robert Lloyd, from the Los Angeles Times, stated in his review that the show "feels surprisingly ordinary and uninformed, put together out of scraps from the old sitcom drawer."[7] In a review in the New York Daily News, David Hinckley also noted the feeling of a 1950s sitcom but, in contrast, said this "isn't totally a bad thing."[8] Hinckley adds that despite the jokes of rock star life, the show "keeps it all remarkably clean and wholesome."[8] Another reviewer says "it's simple enough for the kids and entertaining enough for the adults."[9]

A review in the Boston Globe stated that Ruby & the Rockits has no right to be as likable as it is, and called the show "a warm intergenerational comedy that never pushes life lessons in your face."[10] Similarly, The Hollywood Reporter's Randee Dawn noted the "same unicorn-and-rainbows flavor Disney has been shilling out for years", but adds that this "makes it practically perfect in every way."[11] In a review for Variety, Brian Lowry called the show "borderline ridiculous" and stated that "there's nothing much to recommend."[12] Furthermore, the Los Angeles Times review said flatly that "it is not especially good."[7]

Episodes[edit]

# Episode title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pilot" Ted Wass Story by: Shaun Cassidy & Ed Yeager
Teleplay by: Marsh McCall & Ed Yeager
July 21, 2009

In the series opener, teenage Ruby (Alexa Vega) reconnects with her dad, David (David Cassidy), a pop star whose heyday was in the 1980s. David then seeks out his estranged brother and former bandmate, Patrick (Patrick Cassidy), who's now a suburban dad from whom David needs helps.

Songs Featured: "Lost in Your Own Life" (studio version) by Ruby, "Lost in Your Own Life" (acoustic version) by Jordan and "Only a Dream Lasts Forever" by The Rockits.
2 "Save the Last Dunce for Me" Asaad Kelada Shaun Cassidy & Marsh McCall July 28, 2009

David is a no-show at the father-daughter dance that Ruby helped organize at school.

Title's Song Reference: "Save the Last Dance for Me" by Ben E. King and The Drifters

Songs Featured: "The Way It's Gonna Be" by Ruby and "Chunnel of Love" by The Rockits
3 "Do You Want Me to Blow a Secret?" Ted Wass Larry Reitzer August 4, 2009

Jordan asks Ruby for a ride home from a keg party, but the only vehicle available is Patrick's new car, which Ruby is not allowed to drive. She decides that it is more important to help Jordan than to listen to the rules. The next morning Patrick is upset because he thinks David drove his car, due to alcohol smell and the drivers seat is meant to fit a person in a smaller size. Ruby convinces David to take the blame for Jordan and her. He apologizes to Patrick, and Patrick forgives him. Later, they watch David's interview. Upon describing Ruby, he says she a rebel, and a crazy person just like he was/is. He then proceeds to go into detail of how she stole his brothers car and saved her drunk cousin. Patrick ends up grounding Jordan for three weeks, Ruby for one.

Guest Star: Arden Myrin as Erica

Title's Song Reference: "Do You Want to Know a Secret" by The Beatles

Songs Featured: "Forever Your Song" by Ruby
4 "It's My Party and I'll Lie If I Want To" Asaad Kelada Lesley Wake August 11, 2009

Ruby throws a party to impress some new classmates, but David throws a bash that outshines hers. Elsewhere, Patrick and Audie embark on a weekend getaway, but end up mad at each other when they share a secret. Audie's secret is that she had kissed David before Patrick, thus making Patrick mad. When he gets over it, she asks what his secret might be, and it is implied that he had kissed one of her cousins at a Christmas party.

Guest Star: Khalil Kain as Crayton Jones

Title's Song Reference: "It's My Party" by Lesley Gore

Songs Featured: "Too High a Price" by Ruby and "Let's Make Love" by David
5 "Papas Don't Preach" Leonard R. Garner, Jr. Hugh Webber August 18, 2009

Ruby wants to date an older guy, and David and Patrick have opposing views on the matter. David then sneaks Ruby out through her bedroom window. While on her date Jordan shows up and he and Ruby's date start to argue, but it is then revealed that her date is gay and didn't think it was a date in the first place.

Guest Star: Jake Sandvig as Nils

Note: This was the only episode that was rated TV-14.

Title's Song Reference: "Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna

Songs Featured: "Possibilities" by Ruby and Jordan
6 "Hot for Spanish Teacher" Millicent Shelton Julie Ann Larson August 25, 2009

Ruby's not pleased when David goes out with her Spanish teacher. Meanwhile, Jordan and Ben earn some cash by serving as tour guides for Rockits fans.

Guest Star: Alex Meneses as Ms. Vanessa Vasquez

Title's Song Reference: "Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen

Songs Featured: "Forever Your Song" (instrumental)
7 "We Are Family?" Steve Zuckerman Kirk J. Rudell September 1, 2009

David invites a magazine reporter to accompany him and Ruby on a day they spend bonding. Elsewhere, Jordan wants to know if Ruby is indeed David's offspring, so he tries to obtain DNA samples from them.

Guest Star: Alan Ruck as Martin

Title's Song Reference: "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge

Songs Featured: "When I Close My Eyes" by Ruby
8 "We Aren't the Champions" Leonard R. Garner, Jr. Lesley Wake September 8, 2009

Patrick becomes the coach of Ruby's soccer team, while David takes a creative approach to mentoring Jordan in songwriting.

Title's Song Reference: "We Are the Champions" by Queen

Songs Featured: "Life I Love You, Not" by Jordan and "Humming Medley" by the Cast
9 "50 Ways to Heave Your Mother" Fred Savage Marsh McCall September 15, 2009

Ruby meets David and Patrick's mother (Shirley Jones), who's unreceptive to Ruby's attempts at bonding and asks Ruby not to call her "Grandma."

Title's Song Reference: "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon
10 "Smells Like Teen Drama" Leonard R. Garner, Jr. Karen DiConcetto & Rochelle Zimmerman September 22, 2009

Ruby gets mad at Jordan when he starts dating her best friend Kristen (Lucy Hale). Meanwhile, David and Patrick teach Ben how to defend himself against a bully at school, the dad and the uncle lie and teach Ben how to fight the bully, he ends up winning. It turns out the bully is a girl.

Title's Song Reference: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana

Music[edit]

Each week, a song from the episode was released onto iTunes. As of August 5, 2009, there have been no announcements from ABC Family regarding a full soundtrack album.

  1. "Lost in Your Own Life" (released on June 30, 2009)[13]
  2. "You are Where I Live" (released on July 21, 2009)[14]
  3. "The Way It's Gonna Be" (released on July 28, 2009)[15]
  4. "Forever Your Song" (released on August 4, 2009)[16]
  5. "Too High a Price" (released on August 11, 2009)[17]
  6. "Possibilities" (released on August 18, 2009)[18]
  7. "When I Close My Eyes" (released on September 1, 2009)[19]

Unreleased songs that have only been featured in the series include:

  1. "Where Should I Be?" (heard on July 21, 2009)
  2. "Lost in Your Own Life (acoustic)" (heard on July 21, 2009)
  3. "Lost in Your Own Life (duet)" (heard on July 21, 2009)
  4. "Only a Dream Lasts Forever" (heard on July 21, 2009)
  5. "Chunnel of Love" (heard on July 28, 2009)
  6. "Let's Make Love" (heard on August 11, 2009)
  7. "Forever Your Song (instrumental)" (heard on August 25, 2009)
  8. "Humming Medley" (heard on September 8, 2009)

Cancellation[edit]

On September 12, 2009, ABC Family announced the cancellation of Ruby & the Rockits.[5] The last episode aired on September 22, 2009.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ABC Family Announces Pick-Up Of Three Pilots" (Press release). ABC Family. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2009-02-01). "Cassidy brothers' comedy among new ABC Family shows". Hollywood Reporter. Reuters. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Cassidy Bro's 'Ruby & the Rockits' Set for ABC Family". Broadway World. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  4. ^ http://tvbythenumbers.com/2009/07/22/%E2%80%9Cruby-the-rockits%E2%80%9D-launches-as-abc-family%E2%80%99s-no-2-comedy-debut-on-record-in-total-viewers/23352
  5. ^ a b c "Ruby & the Rockits: ABC Family Sitcom Cancelled; No Season Two". TV Series Finale. 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  6. ^ Metacritic reviews
  7. ^ a b Lloyd, Robert (July 21, 2009). "'Ruby & the Rockits'". Los Angeles TImes. Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Hinckley, David (July 21, 2009). "'Ruby and the Rockits'". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  9. ^ Glover, Will (July 19, 2009). "ON THE TUBE: Cassidy brothers duel on ABC Family's ‘Ruby & the Rockits'". News Herald. Freedom Communications. Archived from the original on January 26, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (July 21, 2009). "Easy to get happy with ‘Ruby & the Rockits’". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  11. ^ Dawn, Randee (July 20, 2009). "Ruby and the Rockits -- TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  12. ^ Lowry, Brian (July 20, 2009). "Ruby & the Rockits". Variety. Archived from the original on January 26, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  13. ^ Lost in Your Own Life - Single
  14. ^ You are Where I Live - Single
  15. ^ The Way It's Gonna Be - Single
  16. ^ Forever Your Song - Single
  17. ^ Too High a Price - Single
  18. ^ Possibilities - Single
  19. ^ Life I Love You, Not - Single

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