The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman

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The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman
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The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman
Genre Comedy
Created by Laura Kightlinger
Directed by Season One
Adam Kassen
Season Two
Russell Bates
Steve Carr
Jonathan Corn &
Mary Kay Place
Starring Laura Kightlinger
Nicholle Tom
Opening theme "Sourpuss" by Jeff Moris Tepper
Composer(s) Randy Lee
Country of origin United States United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16
Production
Executive producer(s) Laura Kightlinger
David Punch
Evan Shapiro
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel IFC
Original run August 4, 2006 – September 23, 2007
External links
Website

The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman is an American comedy television series from World of Wonder Productions, co-written, executive produced by and starring Laura Kightlinger. The series premiered on IFC August 4, 2006. Season Two began on August 5, 2007 on IFC.

The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman follows two 'thirty-something' women, Jackie Woodman and her best friend Tara Wentzel, whose willful ignorance, fleeting confidence, poor judgment and self-loathing constantly get in the way of their success.

Main Characters[edit]

  • Jackie Woodman (Laura Kightlinger), a surly writer for a second rate indie film rag and aspiring screenwriter. Her refusal to be a part of the superficial world of Hollywood is at odds with her desire to be one of the successful elite.
  • Tara Wentzel (Nicholle Tom), Jackie's best friend and an initially low-level employee at a film production company (she is promoted in season two.) Sexually promiscuous, she embodies everything about Hollywood that Jackie loathes/loves.

Recurring Characters[edit]

  • Skyler (Azura Skye), Jackie's editor and a trendy, superficial bitch.
  • Mitchell (Patrick Bristow), Skyler's sycophantic assistant, who is openly rude to Jackie.
  • Jeanette Woodman (Mary Kay Place), Jackie's passive-aggressive mother. She is first heard in season one over the phone and embodied by a turtle in a peyote hallucination. In season two, she visits Jackie twice, annoying Jackie incessantly in the process.
  • Angela Birnbaum (Colleen Camp), Jackie's occasional agent. She is quick to trust, love, and overestimate anyone she comes into contact with.
  • Cheryl (Octavia Spencer), a wisecracking security guard at Tara's production company.
  • Darryl (Rashaan Nall), Jackie's apartment building handyman in season one.
  • Lars Ahlstrom (Hugh Davidson), Tara's misogynistic boss in season two.
  • Jim Fig (Jon Kinnally), Jackie's hunky downstairs neighbor who moonlights as a serial killer. He randomly appears throughout season two, usually in passing as Jackie sees him outside. His appearances are followed with non sequitur glimpses of him torturing abductees or disposing of bodies. His motives are never explained or brought to the attention of Jackie or any other character.

Episodes[edit]

All episodes were written by Laura Kightlinger & David Punch.

Season 1 (2006)[edit]

# Title Director Original airdate Production code
01 "A Cult Classic" Adam Kassen August 4, 2006 (2006-08-04) 101
After their car is rear-ended by 1970s icon Sally Kellerman, Jackie and Tara are drawn into the world of "The Platform," a so-called self-help group spearheaded by a charismatic ex-agent. Tara embraces the "step up" way of life, leaving Jackie convinced it's a cult - but if Jackie is going to save her best friend, she has no choice but to join the cult herself.
02 "Mudlarking" Adam Kassen August 11, 2006 (2006-08-11) 102
Jackie meets a graphic novelist with boyfriend potential, Mike (Giuseppe Andrews). She promises to attend his book reading even though she has a much-sought-after party invitation for the latest auteur-du-jour. Will Jackie be able to juggle both or will she miss out at her chance for love? Andy Dick also makes a cameo as himself
03 "Pounded" Adam Kassen August 18, 2006 (2006-08-18) 103
Jackie discovers that Mike, her would-be boyfriend, stole her 1930s roller derby queen script idea and sold it to the production company where Tara works. Adding insult to injury, Jackie takes a job with the production as a writing assistant on her own screenplay, while Tara's love life "blossoms."
04 "Tumor Has It" Adam Kassen August 25, 2006 (2006-08-25) 104
Jackie unexpectedly gets elevated to co-writer status, but later finds out she was promoted only because the studio heads believe she has cancer. How far will she go to keep up the charade? Guest starring Suzy Nakamura as Carol Rinaldi.
05 "Turning Manure Into Soy" Adam Kassen September 1, 2006 (2006-09-01) 105
Kept awake by a neighbor’s unstopping car alarm, Jackie calls the cops and has the car towed. The next morning, she’s unexpectedly befriended by the car’s eccentric owner, Angela Birnbaum (Colleen Camp), a hotshot agent who decides to take Jackie on as a client.
06 "Peyote Ugly" Adam Kassen September 8, 2006 (2006-09-08) 106
Jackie receives a large filmmaking grant from a non-profit Native American organization to make a documentary on the sacred peyote ritual. But within hours, she and Tara spend all the money on overpriced boutique junk. Left without a budget, they are forced to produce and shoot the footage themselves. Featuring a cameo by Annie Mumolo as the boutique clerk.
07 "Nemesisyphus" Adam Kassen September 15, 2006 (2006-09-15) 107
Learning that an old enemy from film school (Gabrielle Fitzpatrick) signed an improbable deal to turn a book, on how to write a screenplay, into a movie, Jackie, in utter frustration, turns to the wisdom of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War."
08 "The Republicunt" Adam Kassen September 22, 2006 (2006-09-22) 108
Under the influence of a new designer drug, Jackie becomes an obsessive fan of right-wing radio host Ned Carter (Ray Wise). He crowns her “Carter’s Commando of the Week” and invites her to “Abu Ghraib Night.”

Season 2 (2007)[edit]

# Title Directors Original airdate Production code
09 "Dykes Like Us" Russell Bates August 5, 2007 (2007-08-05) 201
Jackie and Tara fake a lesbian dating scheme in order for Tara to get a good deal on a new car, which leads to a much-wanted job opportunity for Jackie at a television network if she can keep up the act. Cameo by Adam DeVine as Toby, a show writer at Jackie's "new" job.
10 "We're Number Two" Russell Bates August 12, 2007 (2007-08-12) 202
Jackie's mom Jeanette (Mary Kay Place) comes to town for a visit that coincides with the LA Film Market. Tara is thrust into hosting a panel for Night Sky, while Jackie is scheduled pitch her new screenplay.
11 "Bad Luck Brad" Steve Carr August 19, 2007 (2007-08-19) 203
Tara falls for Bobby P's (Jeremy Kramer) bad-luck new assistant and brings Jackie on board to help make phonisodes out of a homemade YouTube cartoon.
12 "Jackie Meets Her Match" Steve Carr August 26, 2007 (2007-08-26) 204
Tara meets a millionaire who can't satisfy her (Tuc Watkins) while Jackie meets her male double (Tom Stern), but both have bitten off more than they can chew. Cameo by Patrika Darbo as a card store clerk.
13 "Yoga Brain" Steve Carr September 2, 2007 (2007-09-02) 205
Tara takes Jackie to a yoga class, which has a positive impact on her. Cameo by Sally Kellerman reprising her eccentric fictional self and Sam Simon.
14 "The Carolina Moonshiners" Jonathan Corn September 9, 2007 (2007-09-09) 206
Jeanette surprises Jackie with a visit, only this time with her new husband (Madison Mason) in tow. He and Jackie instantly butt heads, as she tries to get used to her mother being married again.
15 "Straight Up Your Heart" Mary Kay Place September 16, 2007 (2007-09-16) 207
Tara gets a promotion while Jackie attempts writing a commercial love story.
16 "Good Times and Great Oldies" Mary Kay Place September 23, 2007 (2007-09-23) 208
Jackie and Tara are stuck at a bar with a very old clientele when the city goes on "red alert". Guest starring Paul Dooley as Major and Orson Bean as Chick, with a cameo by Lee Majors as the governor of Los Angeles.

DVD & Other Media[edit]

Season one is available on DVD as of July 17, 2007. iTunes and Amazon.com offered both seasons for download, but they are currently unavailable. Season two was never released on DVD.

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