Worst Week

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Worst Week
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Genre Situation comedy
Created by Mark Bussell
Justin Sbresni
Developed by Matt Tarses
Starring Kyle Bornheimer
Erinn Hayes
Nancy Lenehan
Kurtwood Smith
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Matt Tarses
Jimmy Mulville
Adam Bernstein
Producer(s) Matthew Nodella
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hat Trick Productions
CBS Paramount Television
Universal Media Studios
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i, 1080i
Original run September 22, 2008  – June 6, 2009
Chronology
Related shows The Worst Week of My Life
External links
Website

Worst Week is an American TV series which originally aired on CBS from September 22, 2008 to June 6, 2009. The series was based on the British sitcom The Worst Week of My Life. The show was adapted for American audiences by Fox under the title Worst Week of My Life, but a series failed to materialize after the pilot was filmed.[1]

The series aired on CBS Mondays at 9:30pm ET/PT, following Two and a Half Men. The premiere attracted 11 million viewers but lost a third of its lead-in audience.[2] Ratings dropped to a low of 8.4 million viewers with the sixth episode, then began to climb steadily. They reached a high of 12.12 million viewers with the eleventh episode but declined afterwards. The season finale titled "The Epidural" aired on February 16, 2009. The Series is currently being shown in Ireland on RTÉ Two, Sundays at 3:40am; and, more recently, Fridays, on the new Esquire Network cable channel in the US.

On May 20, 2009, CBS announced its new season schedule and canceled Worst Week.[3] A previously unaired episode entitled "The Party" aired on June 6, 2009. Worst Week is set in Manassas, Virginia

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Critical reception[edit]

Verne Gay of Newsday graded it A and said it "may be the best new comedy on network TV this season."[4] Less enthusiastic was Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle, who said, "Though there are plenty of hard-earned (some might say forced) laughs here and Bornheimer is a real find, you can't help but wonder how they'll keep up the pace. After all, the British series ran for only two seasons and had a mere seven episodes each season...So how is CBS going to stretch this into 22 episodes without stretching it too thin?...In many ways, Worst Week seems incapable of being made into an American version (there were previous attempts that failed), because not only does the title not make sense, but not having a payoff for all the freaky, not-so-karmic woes Sam endures will be frustrating to the viewing audience . . . [It] is a series that may end up being on a short leash."[5]

Linda Stasi of the New York Post called it "one of the worst new shows of the week" and added, "Only a man (or a couple of them) could get paid big bucks in Hollywood to come up with such a lame-o rip-off and perpetuate the fantasy that gorgeous women can't help but to love out-of-shape guys who do everything wrong."[6]

DVD release[edit]

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released a DVD of the complete series.

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