Citizen Baines

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Citizen Baines
Genre Drama
Created by Lydia Woodward
Written by Patty Lin
Will Scheffer
P.K. Simonds
Karyn Usher
John Wells
Lydia Woodward
Directed by Christopher Chulack
Lesli Linka Glatter
Charles Haid
Dwight Little
Starring James Cromwell
Embeth Davidtz
Jane Adams
Jacinda Barrett
Arye Gross
Scotty Leavenworth
Matt McCoy
Composer(s) Marty Davich
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (3 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Christopher Chulack
John Wells
Lydia Woodward
Producer(s) Lesli Linka Glatter
David J. Latt
Cinematography Ernest Holzman
Editor(s) Kevin Casey
Susanne Stinson Malles
Suzanne Michaels
Frederick Peterson
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) John Wells Productions
Lydia Woodward Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original network CBS
Original release September 29 – November 3, 2001 (2001-11-03)

Citizen Baines is an American drama series that starred James Cromwell. The series premiered September 29, 2001 on CBS and was created by Emmy Award-winning producer Lydia Woodward.


Cromwell starred as Elliot Baines, a former three-term U.S. Senator who loses a re-election for the senate and goes back home to Seattle to re-establish his relationships with his three grown daughters Ellen (Embeth Davidtz), Reeva (Jane Adams), and Dori (Jacinda Barrett).

TV Ratings[edit]

Scheduled on Saturdays following Touched by an Angel.,[1] the series ranked #90 (the lowest rank for a regularly scheduled series on one of the Big Four networks), and averaged 8.2 million viewers.[2][3] Due to the low ratings, CBS canceled the series in October 2001 after six of the nine episodes produced were aired.[4]

Main cast[edit]


  • Tom Verica...Andy Carlson
  • McCaleb Burnett .... Claude Waverley
  • Easton Gage .... Sam Eidenberg
  • David Kriegel .... David Goldman
  • Bryn Lauren Lemon .... Ruthie Eidenberg
  • Emmett Shoemaker .... Otis Croland
  • Paul McCrane ... Sherman Bloom


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "A Day Like No Other" September 29, 2001
1-2 "The Whole Thump-Thump-Thump" October 6, 2001
1-3 "Days of Confusion" October 13, 2001
1-4 "Three Days In November" October 20, 2001
1-5 "The Appraisal" October 27, 2001
1-6 "Lost and Found" November 3, 2001
1-7 "Out In the Rain" Never aired
1-8 "A Song That Never Ends" Never aired
1-9 "Safe At Home" Never aired

Criticism & Acclaim[edit]

PopMatters: Citizen Baines showed genuine signs of bucking the CBS feel-good Saturday night orthodoxy, by assuming the complex task of creating family-friendly entertainment without soaking in sentiment the raw textures of domestic life. In theory, there's no reason at all why the elimination of "adult" elements (explicit sex, strong language, violent storylines) should limit the emotional and intellectual range of a TV drama and the sophisticated satisfactions it might offer its audiences. But Citizen Baines symbolizes the lack of imagination driving so much of prime-time, whether drama or sitcom, cable or network. With honorable exceptions, like the underrated Third Watch, TV life between 8 and 11pm is either R-rated racy or Disney-utopian, where, no matter the problem, no more than 50 minutes will solve it. And always, always, check your intelligence at the door.

USA Today's Robert Bianco gave it a negative one and a half star review and stated "After all, the only interesting thing about Elliott Baines is his job as a U.S. senator — and he loses that at the end of Saturday's premiere. Don't worry: I'm not revealing anything that the "citizen" in the title didn't already tell you." [5]

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2002 American Society of Cinematographers, USA Nominated Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Mini-Series'/Pilot for Network or Basic Broadcast TV Ernest Holzman
(For pilot episode)


  1. ^ Garron, Barry (2001-09-28). "Citizen Baines". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  2. ^ "The Week That Was". 2001-11-04. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  3. ^ Kevin, Downey (2001-10-17). "'Friends' shows 'Survivor' its stuff". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  4. ^ Littleton, Cynthia; Andreeva, Nellie (2001-12-07). "Wells, Wbtv On Call At Cbs". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  5. ^

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