Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)

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Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)
Also known as ''My Adventures in Television''
Genre Sitcom
Created by Peter Tolan
Written by David J. Baldy
Jenji Kohan
Lesly Liberman
Daphne Pollon
Peter Tolan
Mike Martineau
Directed by Robert Berlinger
Peter Tolan
Ted Wass
Starring Ivan Sergei
Melinda McGraw
Ed Begley, Jr.
James Michael McCauley
John Cleese
Theme music composer Peter Tolan
Christopher Tyng
Composer(s) Christopher Tyng
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (7 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s) Lauren Corrao
Peter Tolan
Producer(s) Mike Martineau
Michael Petok
Shari Tavey
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) The Cloudland Company
Touchstone Television
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network ABC
Original release March 27 (2002-03-27) – June 12, 2002 (2002-06-12)
External links
Website web.archive.org/web/20020622144206/http://abc.abcnews.go.com/primetime/preview/wednesday_930.html

Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central) (later retitled My Adventures in Television) is an American sitcom which aired on ABC in 2002. The series was created by Peter Tolan.

Plot[edit]

Idealistic television executive David Weiss joins struggling TV network IBS, only to discover it is a place of backstabbing, constant competition, and a fair bit of bad programming. His colleagues include: Mike McClaren, an exec who will do anything to get ahead in the business, including hiding his own homosexuality; Lindsay Urich, an air-head who gets by on her looks; Joanne Walker, who exists as the token black person at the network; and head of programming Paul Weffler, who has an ability to get things done but is so clueless that often it is by accident. Overseeing them all is the president of the network, Red Lansing, whose orders – no matter how far-fetched – are always right.

The series didn't shy away from surprising storylines. Episode one featured David sleeping with Lori Loughlin which caused a scandal at the network; episode three – "Death Be Not Pre-Empted" – featured the team going after ratings by airing the execution of a serial killer, and episode six revolved around David's attempt to please all sorts of minority groups without displeasing others.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The series was a mid-season replacement,[1] premiering on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at (of course) 9:30 pm, 8:30 Central Time.[2][3] Series creator Peter Tolan had earlier written The Larry Sanders Show, Ellen and Murphy Brown. The series was able to attract big-name guest stars, such as Lori Loughlin, John Ritter, Garry Shandling and Lisa Rinna, who all appeared as themselves in the first few episodes. However, low ratings caused ABC to put the series on hiatus after just two episodes,[4] and ultimately cancel it.[5]

Three more episodes aired after May sweeps were over; as the show was originally named after its time slot, and ABC had moved it out of the Wednesday 9:30/8:30 time slot for these episodes, the series was renamed My Adventures in Television for the rest of its run. The remaining seven episodes were never aired.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 1 "Pilot" Ted Wass Peter Tolan March 27, 2002 (2002-03-27) TBA
2 2 "The Art of Groveling" Ted Wass David J. Baldy April 3, 2002 (2002-04-03) 116
3 3 "Death Be Not Pre-Empted" TBA Daphne Pollon May 29, 2002 (2002-05-29) TBA
4 4 "Chinese Baby" Ted Wass Jenji Kohan June 5, 2002 (2002-06-05) TBA
5 5 "Fired" Ted Wass Lesly Lieberman June 12, 2002 (2002-06-12) TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levesque, John (March 25, 2002). "Midseason sitcoms: From middling to really bad". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Steve (March 27, 2002). "Comedy centralized". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Rafferty, Terrence (March 24, 2002). "Television/Radio; The importance of being silly". The New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ "US drops Cleese sitcom". BBC News Online. April 9, 2002. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Allan (June 22, 2002). "Canceled 'Adventures in Television': Was the hook too quick?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 

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