Thank God You're Here (U.S. TV series)

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Thank God You're Here
Episode ThankGodYoureHere.jpg
Same as the Australian version
Genre Improvisation comedy
Created by Working Dog Productions
Starring Host
David Alan Grier
Judge
Dave Foley
Repertory Company
Chris Tallman
Maribeth Monroe
Brian Palermo
Nyima Funk
Opening theme "Come Anytime" by Hoodoo Gurus
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Production
Executive producer(s) Fax Bahr, Cécile Frot-Coutaz, Adam Small
Producer(s) David Alan Grier
Location(s) Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
First shown in Australia
Original run April 9 – May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)
Chronology
Related shows Original Australian version of Thank God You're Here

Thank God You're Here is a partially improvised comedy television program, based on the Australian TV show, broadcast by NBC. The show was hosted by David Alan Grier and presided over by judge Dave Foley. The pilot was shot on November 9, 2006 and NBC initially ordered six episodes.[1] The show debuted with a two-hour, double-episode premiere on Monday, April 9, 2007 at 9pm ET. It was produced by FremantleMedia North America, with Cécile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of Fremantle, Fax Bahr, and Adam Small as executive producers.

The show aired on Mondays for its first 2 weeks. It was moved to Wednesdays on April 18, 2007.

On May 14, 2007, after the initial order of 7 episodes aired, the series was officially cancelled by NBC.[2]

Summary[edit]

Thank God You're Here showcased the improvisational skills of a group of four actors each week, as they walked into a live sketch without having seen a script for it. The only clue the actors had as to the content of the sketch, and the role they would be playing within the sketch, was their costume.

Upon entering the sketch, the actors were greeted with "Thank God you're here!" from another actor in the sketch. Outside of the principal actor, all actors in the sketch had a script which they more or less followed, depending on the improvisations. Sketches had no set ending point — instead, they went on until the judge (Foley) stopped them with a buzzer. Also, in each episode one of the skits would feature David Alan Grier in a surprise cameo.

At the end of the show, the judge chose a winner from among the four actor contestants. The winner was awarded a trophy. Unlike the Australian version, no honorable or dishonorable mentions were chosen.

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Reception[edit]

TV rating[edit]

Thank God You're Here was rated TV-PG. However, in the second episode, the series popped up with a TV-14 rating after the commercial break. It was probably due either to a technical difficulty or the second skit not being as appropriate as the others.

List of episodes[edit]

Key: Denotes the winner

Episode 1: April 9, 2007 (9 PM)[edit]

Guest star Scenario
Wayne Knight Morning TV show guest pushing a supplement to vitamins
Bryan Cranston A British rock star late for a meeting with an executive
Joel McHale An Egyptian archaeologist exploring a newly discovered tomb
Jennifer Coolidge A contestant in "Ms. Constellation" beauty pageant
Warm-ups Going through customs / A cop on the news
Group scene A collection of superheroes who must save Las Vegas
David's Cameo As a judge in Jennifer Coolidge's skit

Episode 2: April 9, 2007 (10 PM)[edit]

Guest star Scenario
Mo'Nique A TV game show co-host
Kevin Nealon A famous high-altitude guide/rescuer
Richard Kind A radio foley artist
Edie McClurg A wife at a marriage counselor's office
Warm-ups Taxi drivers undergoing examination / Apply for a job
Group scene Knights of the Round Table meet and go in search of Guinevere
David's Cameo As Edie McClurg's secret lover

Episode 3: April 16, 2007[edit]

Guest star Scenario
Jason Alexander The captain in a Star Trek parody
Brian Posehn A 1950s jock (geek) meeting his date's father before their date
Jane Lynch A woman explaining to her parents about a party she held while they were away from home
Harland Williams An explorer returning to a British museum with his latest find
Warm-ups Car salesmen to an 18-year-old girl and her father / daycare owners
Group scene Pirates meet their captain to become the new first mate
David's Cameo As a guest who overstayed at Jane Lynch's party

Episode 4: April 18, 2007[edit]

Guest star Scenario
Chelsea Handler A newlywed bride giving a toast with the groom
George Takei A surgeon
Shannon Elizabeth Advertising executive pitching a new vodka drink
Tom Green A leery plumber seduced by a married woman
Warm-ups Unemployment interview / Cook for a new restaurant on a morning show
Group scene Vikings meeting with chief to decide who the new chief will be
David's Cameo As a doctor asking George Takei for medical advice

Episode 5: May 2, 2007[edit]

Guest star Scenario
Tom Arnold A chef in an altercation with customers
Angela Kinsey A celebrity being interviewed on a late night talk show
Fran Drescher Real estate agent pitching a new design on a beach resort
Fred Willard A journeyman meeting Robin Hood and his Merry Men
Warm-ups People in a dating service / Directors of The Godfather: Part IV
Group scene Obese members of a health center
David's Cameo As a protester in Fran Drescher's skit

Episode 6: May 9, 2007[edit]

Guest star Scenario
Kurtwood Smith A Captain fielding complaints from passengers on his cruise ship that is about to sink
Ana Gasteyer A comic book heroine at a fan convention
Paul Rodriguez A medieval doctor
Nicole Sullivan A teacher giving a parent/teacher conference
Warm-ups Drivers pulled over by the cops / Workers getting fired from their job
Group scene Members of a children's group, called The Wibbly Wobblies, à la The Wiggles, pitching their proposed TV show at an audition. Actors are dressed up as a clown, bobbie, a dinosaur, and a flower.
David's Cameo As a nerd in Ana Gasteyer's comic book convention

Episode 7: May 16, 2007[edit]

Guest star Scenario
Bill Bellamy Promoting his workout equipment
Wayne Knight A Roman general reporting to the emperor
Wendie Malick A bad cheerleader is called to the principal's office; Jerry Springer's appearance occurred here
Eddie Kaye Thomas An illegal drag racer crashes into an apartment. (this scene and Joel McHale's scene were the only scenes in which the person does not go through the door.)
Warm-ups Jockeys interviewed after losing a race / Directors of a terrible nursing home
Group scene Fast food workers getting a pep talk; everyone is in common uniforms except for Wayne Knight, who is dressed as a giant cheeseburger (because of this, Wayne had trouble getting through the door.)
David's Cameo A passenger in Eddie Kaye Thomas' car

Notes: This episode featured an appearance by Jerry Springer and was originally supposed to feature Alanis Morissette, who ended up pulling out.

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