Off Centre

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Off Centre
Off Centre TV comedy.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Chris Weitz
Paul Weitz
Danny Zuker
Starring Eddie Kaye Thomas
Sean Maguire
Lauren Stamile
John Cho
Jason George
Opening theme "Off Centre Theme" performed by Gordon Gano
Composer(s) Ben Vaughn
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 28 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Warren Bell
Chris Weitz
Paul Weitz
Danny Zuker
Producer(s) Franco Bario
Tim Kelleher
Andrew Miano
Dawn Urbont
Cinematography Tony Yarlett
Editor(s) Danny White
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Weitz, Weitz and Zuker
DreamWorks Television
Warner Bros. Television
Release
Original network The WB
Original release October 14, 2001 (2001-10-14) – October 31, 2002 (2002-10-31)

Off Centre is an American sitcom that aired on The WB network from October 14, 2001 to October 31, 2002. Created by Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, and Danny Zuker, the series was heavily promoted as "from the guys who brought you American Pie".

Synopsis[edit]

The series is centered on the lives of two twentysomething friends, British stud Euan Pierce and play-it-safe American Mike Platt, after they move into the posh Hadley Building on New York's Centre Street. Rounding out the cast are Mike's girlfriend, Liz Lombardi, their wacky friend, Vietnamese restaurant owner Chau Presley, and secretly sensitive gangsta rapper Status Quo.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Euan Pierce (played by Sean Maguire) – A womanizing graduate of Oxford University, suave Brit Euan works as an investment banker and is reckless with money, as seen in the lavish apartment he shares with Mike, which includes of all things, a $2,000 airplane propeller. Among the skeletons in his closet are his "fruity" middle name (Crispin) and the fact that he used to riverdance. He is loosely based on Chris Weitz's university friend and subsequent roommate Euan Rellie.[1]
  • Mike Platt (played by Eddie Kaye Thomas) – Unlike his Oxford roommate Euan, Mike is hardly financially stable, and for most of the series he works for a non-profit organization, writing letters on behalf of political prisoners, protesting overfishing of the delicious Chilean sea bass, and performing other deeds that he cares little about, as he chose the job because it was close to his apartment. Mike went on to a short-lived career at a video game company before working as the sound guy for porn films, and later into unemployment. Mike dated Liz for over a year, and his attempts to break up with her during the first episode of the second season were thwarted when she dumped him first. Before Eddie Kaye Thomas was cast as Mike, both Will Friedle (Boy Meets World)[2] and Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) [3] were attached to the role at one time.
  • Liz Lombardi (played by Lauren Stamile) – Mike's girlfriend for over a year, Liz was frequently seen trying to get Mike to better himself and take more control of his life.
  • Chau Presley (played by John Cho) – Chau is Mike and Euan's Vietnamese restaurateur friend. His restaurant is called Qui Nhon. Some of his wacky antics consists of accidentally burning Mike's apartment, making money betting at illegal cock fights, and dating a homeless girl who showed signs of being insane. He is the most free-spirited of the group. He is frequently looking for new schemes to attract the ladies, some of which work (such as claiming to be an MTV director when Cribs profiled Status Quo, and starting a fake band, The Chau Project, and booking a gig, despite not having any songs), and some of which don't (buying a ferret and carrying it on his shoulder for a week). His excuses and explanations are frequently outlandish. He once claimed that Euan had a bedspread made of puppies in order to woo a contestant on The Real World away from him.
  • Nathan Cole, aka. Status Quo (played by Jason George) – A Grammy-Award-winning rapper often followed by his "posse people" MC French and DJ Cheddar, he lets down his tough facade around his friends. He secretly enjoys cooking, owned a fastidiously groomed standard poodle named D'Artagnan, is close friends with Martha Stewart and once briefly dated Cher. He had a long-time crush on Liz, but they refrained from pursuing a relationship, realizing that they couldn't risk their friendship and Scrabble games.

Supporting[edit]

  • Dr. Barry Wasserman (played by Eugene Levy) – Appears in "The Unkindest Cut" and "P.P. Doc II: The Examination Continues." Wasserman is a urologist who inexplicably has a large cult following. Dedicated to his work, he calls his car "The Penismobile" (its license plate reads "PPDOC"), and he frequently has to explain to people that he's not joking. He is allegedly the urologist of choice for P.Diddy, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, which makes him irresistible to women. Wasserman moved into the Hadley building after his wife committed suicide. He frequently makes jokes about his dead wife that no one finds funny but him.
  • Jordan (played by Rayne Marcus) – Introduced as a sort of female counterpart to Chau, Jordan is Liz's friend, who, according to Euan, has no social filter. Jordan says whatever is on her mind with no concern for the people around her, which creates several embarrassing situations, especially in restaurants. She and Chau briefly dated, before an argument about who was hotter - Owen Wilson (her choice) or Luke Wilson (Chau's choice) ended their relationship. She works as an assistant to Dr. Wasserman. Jordan refuses to use slang words for the notion of 'sexual intercourse', thereby referring to it as such or otherwise as coïtus.

Notable guest stars[edit]

Among the shows notable guest stars were Carmen Electra (as herself), and American Pie alumni Eugene Levy (as urologist Dr. Barry Wasserman), Jason Biggs (as Rick Steve, the man with two first names) and Shannon Elizabeth (as Dawn, a girlfriend of Chau's who adores seeing him get beat up). Tanya Roberts also guest starred in one episode as an older woman who ends up dating Euan. The show also featured one-off appearances by Jenna Fischer in "The Backup" and Zachary Quinto in "Diddler on the Roof" before they found fame on The Office and Heroes, respectively. There was also One Tree Hill star Bethany Joy Galeotti. And Perrey Reeves in "A Cute Triangle" prior to her turn on Entourage.

Cancellation[edit]

The show aired on The WB network on Sunday nights in its first season, and was renewed for a second season to be part of a new Thursday night comedy block. However, the move to Thursday did not help the lowly-rated show, and it was cancelled seven episodes into the second season, leaving two episodes ("Scary Sitcom" and "Chau's Hard Iced Tea") unfilmed.

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Sunday 9:30 p.m. October 14, 2001 May 19, 2002 2001–2002 #155 2.3
2 Thursday 9:30 p.m. September 19, 2002 October 31, 2002 2002 #151 2.26

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 21 October 14, 2001 (2001-10-14) May 19, 2002 (2002-05-19)
2 7 September 19, 2002 (2002-09-19) October 31, 2002 (2002-10-31)

Season 1: 2001–2002[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected by [4]Written byOriginal air dateProd.
code [4]
11"Let's Meet Mike and Euan"Gerry CohenChris Weitz & Paul Weitz and Danny ZukerOctober 14, 2001 (2001-10-14)227551
Mike, a boy-next-door type, is in awe of Euan, an overly confident womanizer. The two friends move into a Manhattan apartment in a complex which is home to celebrities and the wealthy. Things seem to be as good as they can get - that is until Euan invites Mike's girlfriend, Liz, to live with them.
22"Feeling Shellfish"Mark CendrowskiMike Barker & Matt WeitzmanOctober 21, 2001 (2001-10-21)227553
Mike and Liz both contract pubic lice and Mike blames Euan whom he is sure is the cause of the infection. The condition puts a dampener on Mike and Liz's anniversary as well as Euan's date.
33"Porn"
"A Stroke of Genius"
Michael LembeckDanny ZukerOctober 28, 2001 (2001-10-28)227552
Liz discovers Mike's hidden stash of XXX videos, and he is shocked when Liz is okay with it - she even offers to watch them with him. This seemingly good situation turns out to be a let-down for Mike. Euan tries to impress his jaded girlfriend.
44"Trust Me or Don't Trust Me"Gerry CohenTim KelleherNovember 4, 2001 (2001-11-04)227555
Mike hits the town with Chau and Euan and turns down the advances of several woman in order to be faithful to Liz. However, Liz ends up kissing an old boyfriend that same evening.
55"Euan's Brush with Love"Shelley JensenMike Barker & Matt WeitzmanNovember 11, 2001 (2001-11-11)227556
Euan goes on a quest to find a steady girlfriend and finds Ginger, an artist who thinks she is leeching off Euan. Status Quo's new clothing line makes him worry about his street cred. Meanwhile, Liz proves to Mike that skimpy clothing makes him uncomfortable.
66"A Cute Triangle"Shelley JensenWarren BellNovember 18, 2001 (2001-11-18)227557
Liz's sexy friend stays at the apartment for the weekend, getting Mike's hopes up that they might have a ménage à trois. Euan vows to remain celibate with his newest girlfriend, but lends his advice to Mike.
77"Swing Me"
"Swing Time"
Shelley JensenDawn UrbontNovember 25, 2001 (2001-11-25)227558
Mike's parents come to New York for a visit, giving Mike a chance to bond with his estranged father. Things start working out until Euan catches Mr. Platt with another woman.
88""Money" or Brother Can You Spare a Ski Trip"Mark CendrowskiMark HentemannDecember 9, 2001 (2001-12-09)227554
Mike takes on a second job at Chau's restaurant to try to solve his money problems. When Euan offers to help Mike out, Mike refuses, so Euan pretends to get Mike a job at his firm when in reality Euan is the one paying him.
99"Marathon Man"Mark CendrowskiTim KelleherJanuary 6, 2002 (2002-01-06)227560
Euan is the subject of a hot rumor at work after a co-worker tells others that Euan is gay. Mike is thrilled to meet Liz's unimpressive ex-boyfriend.
1010"Guy Gone Wild"Dana deVally PiazzaDawn UrbontJanuary 13, 2002 (2002-01-13)227562
Mike learns about Liz's wild past and sets out to do things he missed out on when he was growing up. Things take an uncomfortable turn after Mike and Liz have sex at the office when they discover there are surveillance cameras.
1111"The Good, The Bad, and the Lazy"Jeff MelmanMike Barker & Matt WeitzmanJanuary 20, 2002 (2002-01-20)227563
In desperate need of an enjoyable career, Mike heads to a career counselor. Meanwhile, Euan focuses his attention on his new B-movie actress neighbor.
1212"The Gas Crisis"Mark CendrowskiWarren BellJanuary 27, 2002 (2002-01-27)227561
Mike becomes increasingly comfortable with Liz, which leads to behavior that Liz is not too fond of. Meanwhile, Euan avoids a woman who often breaks his heart and Status Quo works on a new song with Chau.
1313"Why Chau Lives Alone"Shelley JensenJim Bernstein & Michael ShipleyFebruary 10, 2002 (2002-02-10)227567
Mike stays at Liz's for a while after he gets tired of living with Euan. To get back at Mike, Euan has Chau live in Mike's room.
1414"Mission Im-posse-ble"Shelley JensenMark HentemannFebruary 17, 2002 (2002-02-17)227559
Status Quo fires his posse when Mike and Euan tell him they are all "yes-men". However, when Status Quo invites the neighbors to be his new posse, he treats Euan like a slave instead of a friend.
1515"Faking the Band"Jeff MelmanTim KelleherFebruary 24, 2002 (2002-02-24)227564
Chau and Euan pretend to be rock stars to score women. Mike makes Liz angry when he proposes while drunk and forgets all about it.
1616"Hear No Evil, See No Package"Shelley JensenWarren Bell & Danny ZukerMarch 3, 2002 (2002-03-03)227565
Mike and Chau begin going to a gym where men often hang out in the nude. Meanwhile, Euan dates one of Liz's deaf friends, who turns out to be a lot meaner than everyone thinks.
1717"The Backup"Shelley JensenStephen Leff & Jim PattersonMarch 31, 2002 (2002-03-31)227566
Mike warns Euan to stay way from his attractive friend, telling him that she is his "backup girl" he has if things with Liz do not work out. Meanwhile, Chau tries to win a big-screen TV in a contest.
1818"Mike & Liz & Chau & Jordan"Dana deVally PiazzaJim Bernstein & Michael ShipleyApril 7, 2002 (2002-04-07)227569
Liz sets up Chau with her bizarre roommate, which facilitates a very strange romance. Meanwhile, Euan lies about his age to date a 45-year-old woman.
1919"Addicted to Love"Dana deVally PiazzaGabe Grifoni & Jake Farrow & Drew LevinApril 14, 2002 (2002-04-14)227568
Chau's new girlfriend becomes a hazard to him - gets him involved in fights, which result in Chau getting beat up by strangers. Meanwhile, Euan, Mike and Liz dog-sit Status Quo's canine.
2020"The Unkindest Cut"Shelley JensenWarren Bell & Danny ZukerApril 21, 2002 (2002-04-21)227570
Euan is teased by Mike and Chau for having a foreskin. Euan makes an appointment with a urologist, who has a bizarre sense of humor when it comes to circumcision.
2121"Diddler on the Roof"Dana deVally PiazzaStephen Leff & Jim PattersonMay 19, 2002 (2002-05-19)227571
Euan worries about breaking up with one of MTV's The Real World cast members when he begins to think she will bad-mouth him on national television. To get her out of his life, Euan sets up a plan to have Chau steal her away from him. Mike lands a dream job of doing the sound for porn movies, but he becomes upset when he thinks Liz is hooking up with Status Quo while he works nights.

Season 2: 2002[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected by [4]Written byOriginal air dateProd.
code [4]
221"Love is a Pain in the Ass"
"Love Stings"
Shelley JensenWarren Bell & Danny ZukerSeptember 19, 2002 (2002-09-19)175351
Mike decides it's time to break up with Liz, but Mike is thrown off when she beats him to it. But when the break-up sex is over the top, Mike changes his mind and tries to keep the relationship going. Meanwhile, Euan meets a woman who is more wild in bed than he is.
232"Cockfight"Shelley JensenTim KelleherSeptember 26, 2002 (2002-09-26)175352
Euan and Status Quo meet a woman at a bar and fight each other for her attention. When they learn she has a twin, they compete to see who can sleep with both. Mike bets on cockfights with Chau in order to make money for Liz's birthday present.
243"Unflushable"
"M. Night Shyamalan's Unflushable"
Shelley JensenStephen Leff & Jim PattersonOctober 3, 2002 (2002-10-03)175353
Mike wows the guys when he leaves the bar with the new apartment building tenant, Carmen Electra. However, Mike's new diet causes him to clog her toilet and enlists Euan and Chau to help clear it up.
254"PP Doc II"
"P.P. Doc II: The Examination Continues"
Dana deVally PiazzaBill FreibergerOctober 10, 2002 (2002-10-10)175355
Mike and Euan's urologist moves into their apartment building. They worry that the doctor will hurt their game, but soon find he attracts women.
265"The Deflower Half Hour"Dana deVally PiazzaMike Barker & Matt WeitzmanOctober 17, 2002 (2002-10-17)133054
Lindsay, Euan's date, announces to everyone that she wants to lose her virginity to Euan when she turns 18 at midnight. Upon hearing this, the gang have flashbacks to their first times.
276"The Guys' Guys"Dana deVally PiazzaDawn UrbontOctober 24, 2002 (2002-10-24)175356
Mike's high school friends come to visit, and their dorkiness makes Euan feel overly popular. Meanwhile, Status Quo and Liz have a date.
287"Little House on the Bowery"Shelley JensenTim KelleherOctober 31, 2002 (2002-10-31)175357
Mike and Euan switch accents to test whether it's the accent that lands women or if it's Euan. Meanwhile, Chau dates a crazy homeless woman.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rick, Fulton (November 15, 2001). "I WAS FLOP AT POP; Sean Maguire tells how singing almost cost him everything". Daily Record. 
  2. ^ Friedle lands UPN sitcom Neil Wilkes, DigitalSpy, 4 March 2002
  3. ^ PopEntertainment Interview - Have You Met Josh?, Jay S. Jacobs, PopEntertainment, 18 January 2006
  4. ^ a b c d From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Off Centre"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 

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