What About Brian
|What About Brian|
The Season 1 cast
|Created by||Dana Stevens|
Amy Jo Johnson
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||25 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Bad Robot Productions
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original run||April 16, 2006– March 26, 2007|
What About Brian is an American comedy-drama television series created by Dana Stevens and co-produced by J. J. Abrams' company Bad Robot Productions. The series premiered on April 16, 2006, on ABC, as a mid-season replacement and concluded on March 26, 2007. On May 16, 2006, ABC renewed the series for its second and final season, notably making it the only new series to be picked up by the network from the 2005–2006 television season, despite it being the final new series introduced by ABC during the season. The series returned October 9, 2006, with a full 22-episode season confirmed by November 10, 2006. The second season order was subsequently scaled back to 19 episodes by the network.
What About Brian ended its run after two seasons on March 26, 2007.
32-year-old Brian Davis is living the life of a single guy in Venice Beach, California. However, he is the only bachelor left in his group of friends. His best friend, lawyer Adam Hillman, recently got engaged to his long-time girlfriend Marjorie, a girl Brian is secretly in love with and whom Adam was planning to break up with. Another friend, Dave Greco, who is co-founder with Brian of Zap Monkey, a company that designs and produces video games, cannot wait to welcome Brian into the marriage club, as Dave has been married to Deena for thirteen years and has three daughters. His older sister, record executive Nicole, has recently married Italian model Angelo Varzi and is pregnant with a girl she names Bella. Brian's journey to find romance leads him down a road where the picture-perfect relationships of his friends are tested and revealed for what they truly are.
Cast and characters
- Barry Watson as Brian Davis
- Matthew Davis as Adam Hillman
- Rick Gomez as Dave Greco
- Amanda Detmer as Deena Greco
- Rosanna Arquette as Nicole Varzi
- Sarah Lancaster as Marjorie Seaver (Episodes 1-6; 17-19) (portrayed by Polly Shannon in the unaired pilot)
- Raoul Bova as Angelo Varzi (Episodes 1-6; 10)
- Rachelle Lefevre as Heather "Summer" Hillman (Episodes 5; 7-19)
- Jason George as Jimmy (Season 2)
- Amanda Foreman as Ivy (Season 2)
- Krista Allen as Bridget Keller (Episodes 12-22)
- Stacy Keibler as Stephanie (Episodes 20-25)
- Jessica Szohr as Laura (Episodes 20-25)
- Tiffani Thiessen as Natasha Drew (Episodes 21-25)
- Amy Jo Johnson as Karen "The Car Girl" (Episodes 1; 10-11)
- Jon Hamm as Richard Povich (Episodes 2-5; 23-24)
|Country||TV Network(s)||Date of Premiere||Weekly Schedule|
|February 18, 2007
November 4, 2009
Wednesdays, 10:30pm (repeats)
|Austria||ORF eins||December 2007|
|Bulgaria||bTV||2008||Monday–Thursday, 9.00pm (first run)
Monday–Friday, 3.30pm (second run)
|France||TF1||May 2007||Saturdays, 4.00pm|
|Greece||Fox Life Greece||January 7, 2011||Fridays, 9.50pm|
|December 24, 2006
|Canada||CTV||June 3, 2008||Monday–Friday, 4.15pm|
|Latin America||Sony||November 2006||Mondays, 9.00pm|
|Netherlands||NET 5||2007||Tuesdays. 9.30pm|
|New Zealand||TV2||2007||Fridays, 8.30pm|
|New Zealand||Vibe||2009||Saturday, 7.30pm|
|Indonesia||Global TV||2008||Tuesdays, 11.25pm|
|Pakistan||Pakistan Television||September 2008||Sundays, 9.00pm|
|Portugal||RTP2||February 2007||Thursdays, 10.40pm|
|Slovenia||Kanal A||February 2007||Thursdays, 10.40pm|
|Spain||Nitro||January 2009||Saturdays, 14:40|
Fridays after midnight
|United States||ABC||April 16, 2006||Mondays, 10.00pm|
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.
|DVD name||Ep #||Release date||Additional information|
|The Complete Series||24||September 25, 2007||
- Howie Day's "Collide" is the song used in the announcement commercials.
- The theme song that appears at the beginning of each episode is "Calling All Friends" by Low Stars.
- The 1970 song "Hey Hey What Can I Do" by Led Zeppelin inspired the theme song and also has lyrics that parallel the show's plot. The lyrics of the song tell of a man's love for a woman that he will never have all to himself; a woman who 'wants to ball all day', 'stays drunk all the time', and who 'won't be true.' The first verse is a declaration of his love and his desire to tell her that she is the only one for him. The second verse describes her infidelity and his jealousy and frustration. In the third verse he comes to the conclusion that he must leave her 'where the guitars play', a sentiment reinforced by the vamp in which the lead singer, Robert Plant, is backed by the rest of the band repeating the two lines; 'Hey hey what can I do' and 'Oh Lord what can I say.'
- Colin Hay's music has been used in several episodes of What About Brian:
- Hay's song "Waiting for My Real Life to Begin" ended the episode "Two in 24" and was also used in the episode "Sex, Lies and Videotape."
- "Beautiful World" ended the episode "Moving Day."
- "Don't Wait Up" ended the episode "The Importance of Being Brian" and was also in the episode "Sex, Lies and Videotape."
- Keith Varon has provided songs for the show.
- What About Brian renewed for a second season - Link
- TV.com: Justice pulled, Brian pumped
- What About Brian: Aren't There Any More Episodes?, TV Series Finale, March 28, 2007
- ABC Unveils 14 Early Series Pick-Ups, Broadcasting & Cable, March 21, 2007
- "TV: The Life of Brian ABC kicks around a great show with rescheduling and retooling". Archived from the original on 2007-01-27. Retrieved 2006-12-06.
- "¿Qué hacemos con Brian? (Spanish)". Retrieved 2006-12-06.[dead link]
- Knox, David (February 7, 2007). "Seven shakes up Sundays". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved November 5, 2009.
- "Colin Hay songs from TV and Movies at Tunefind". Retrieved 2006-12-06.
- "mTraks article". Retrieved 2009-07-20.
- What About Brian at the Internet Movie Database
- What About Brian at Yahoo! TV
- What About Brian at TV.com