The Geena Davis Show

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The Geena Davis Show
GenreSitcom
Created byTerri Minsky
Starring
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22 (1 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Terri Minsky
  • David Flebotte
  • Nina Wass
  • Eugene Stein
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 10, 2000 (2000-10-10) –
July 10, 2001 (2001-07-10)

The Geena Davis Show is an American sitcom television series created by Terri Minsky starring Geena Davis. The show aired for one season on ABC from October 10, 2000 to July 20, 2001, during the 2000–01 U.S. television season.[1]

Plot[edit]

Sexy and sophisticated Manhattan party-planner Teddie Cochran starts dating writer Max Ryan. The two hit it off, and Teddie soon moves into Max's suburban home along with his two children, six-year-old Eliza and 13-year-old Carter. Motherless for some time (Max is a widower), the two are not exactly welcoming of Teddie. Along with her two girlfriends Hilary and Judy, Teddie must use her unique blend of wits and sarcasm to get through her new lifestyle.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Supporting[edit]

  • Katey Sagal – Ashley
  • Peggy Jo Jacobs as Patrice
  • Lise Simms as Natalie
  • Steve Valentine as Walter
  • Susan Wood as Sydney
  • Sarah Zinsser as Mrs. Toll
  • Adeline Allen as Morgan
  • Dylan Capannelli as Justin
  • Graham Norton as Bryan Fernando

Production and development[edit]

Terri Minsky first pitched the idea of a Sex and the City-like character becoming a suburban housewife to ABC in early 2000. After some debating, ABC decided to make the show less like Sex and the City and more tailored to its star, Geena Davis. The show was filmed in Los Angeles and premiered on ABC on Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at 9.30pm. The show lasted less than a season before being replaced by the Joan Cusack sitcom What About Joan?.[2][3][4]

Davis appeared on the cover of TV Guide's 2000 Fall Preview issue, along with three other actors starring in new sitcoms: Bette Midler, Michael Richards and John Goodman. Despite the magazine declaring them a "fab foursome", all four series bombed, with Davis' show actually airing the most episodes (20), compared to Bette (16), The Michael Richards Show (eight) and Goodman's Normal, Ohio (seven).

Episodes[edit]

Every episode of the series was directed by Andy Cadiff, except for the unaired episode, "The Wedding", which was directed by Mark Cendrowski.[5]

No.Title [5]Written byOriginal air date [5]Prod.
code
US viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Terri MinskyOctober 10, 2000 (2000-10-10)529N17.3[6]
Following a whirlwind romance, Teddie and Max get engaged, but she has difficulties ingratiating herself to his kids.
2"What I Like About You"David FlebotteOctober 17, 2000 (2000-10-17)L51613.1[7]
Teddie has to choose between taking a meeting with Hillary Clinton or attending Carter's school art fair.
3"Piece of Cake"Tracy GambleOctober 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)L5127.8[8]
Teddie attempts to juggle her career, friendships, and her newfound motherly duties, but she winds up with an annoyed client, a disgruntled bestie, and an unintentionally erotic cake.
4"Jealousy"Dawn DekeyserOctober 31, 2000 (2000-10-31)L51310.3[9]
While enjoying a night out with Max and her girlfriends, Teddie runs into her ex (Maurice Godin). She's appalled that Max isn't jealous, and she herself becomes overwrought with jealousy when she learns that he had a fling with a woman who sometimes babysits the kids.
5"Motherly Advice"Bill DalyNovember 14, 2000 (2000-11-14)L51710.7[10]
Teddie gives Carter some advice about girls which horrendously backfires and finds him accused of sexual harassment.
6"There's Something About Max"Dawn DekeyserNovember 21, 2000 (2000-11-21)L51910.7[11]
Teddie and Max spontaneously decide to take a dance class, which leads to a quarrel due to Max's lack of dance skills.
7"Cooties"Terri MinskyNovember 28, 2000 (2000-11-28)L51811.2[12]
When Teddie throws an extravagent birthday party for Eliza, she's targeted for scrutiny by a pack of mean moms.
8"The Long Kiss Goodbye"Jill Condon & Amy ToominDecember 5, 2000 (2000-12-05)L51410.7[13]
Teddie freaks out after Max's college roommate gives her an uncomfortable goodbye kiss. Meanwhile, Hillary and Judy feel uneasy about Teddie's decision to make Doris one of her bridesmaids.
9"By Teddie Cochran"Tracy GambleDecember 12, 2000 (2000-12-12)L52010.8[14]
Max hopes to land a job at a prestigious magazine, but Teddie's the one who's asked to author an article.
10"How the Mom Stole Christmas"Jonathan GoldsteinDecember 19, 2000 (2000-12-19)L52112.9[15]
Teddie's Christmas plans are shattered when she discovers Max has invited her mother (Cynthia Harris) for the holidays.
11"Momma Bear"Bill DalyJanuary 9, 2001 (2001-01-09)L52310.4[16]
Teddie becomes protective of Carter when he brings home a disrespectful older girl.
12"Car Wash"Jim Vallely & Terri MinskyJanuary 16, 2001 (2001-01-16)L5229.5[17]
When Eliza loses the role that she wants in the school play, Teddie promises her a role in a TV commercial.
13"Max Hates Hillary"Jim Vallely & Judy TollJanuary 23, 2001 (2001-01-23)L5159.7[18]
Teddie tries to trick Max and Hillary into liking one another.
14"There's a New Bride in Town"Jill Condon & Amy ToominJanuary 30, 2001 (2001-01-30)L5258.8[19]
Teddie feels threatened when Judy has her own whirlwind romance.
15"Photo Finish"Terri Minsky & Jim VallelyFebruary 6, 2001 (2001-02-06)L5269.6[20]
Teddie's racy photos for Esquire Magazine are the talk of the town when Max's repressed parents (Anne Haney & Paul Dooley) arrive for a surprise visit.
16"Sex, Lies, and Videotape"Jonathan GoldsteinFebruary 13, 2001 (2001-02-13)L52410.0[21]
After Carter is punished for getting drunk and breaking curfew, he discovers college home movies of his father stoned.
17"Hot Potato"Mark DriscollFebruary 20, 2001 (2001-02-20)L5289.6[22]
Carter gets a job at Korndog King and gives away food to the popular kids; Teddie adopts a psychotic cat.
18"The Prime Directive"Marc Abrams & Michael BensonMarch 6, 2001 (2001-03-06)L5298.7[23]
Teddie takes Carter to a party where her famous friends inflate his ego.
19"Spontaneous Combustion"John LevensteinMarch 13, 2001 (2001-03-13)L5119.2[24]
Teddie decides to sublet her apartment, but she has second thoughts after realizing she and Max can use the pad to have uninhibited sex.
20"Girls' Night Out"Tracy GambleJuly 3, 2001 (2001-07-03)L5276.0[25]
Teddie's bachelorette party takes an unexpected turn when she's reunited with her former best friend (Katey Sagal).
21"White Moms Can't Jump"Bill DalyJuly 10, 2001 (2001-07-10)L5306.5[26]
Teddie embarrasses Carter during a basketball game.
22"The Wedding"Terri Minsky & Jim VallelyUnairedL531TBD
To appease Eliza, Teddie decides to forget her dream wedding and run down to city hall to marry Max, but a variety of complications ensue.

International broadcast[edit]

The Geena Davis Show was screened in the United Kingdom on the now defunct channel ABC1,[27] from the channel's beginning in 2004 until its closure in 2007. The entire series, including the episode unaired in the United States, was broadcast on the channel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Star Vehicle Sputters: CBS Cancels 'Bette'". The New York Times. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  2. ^ "TELEVISION/RADIO; In Comedies, Signs of a New Women's Movement". The New York Times. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  3. ^ "CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK: TV Vehicles Running on Retreads; In New Sitcoms, Stars Often Play Themselves or Throwback Characters". The New York Times. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "The Geena Davis Show". Popmatters. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Geena Davis Show "]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  6. ^ TV Listings for October 10, 2000
  7. ^ TV Listings for October 17, 2000
  8. ^ TV Listings for October 24, 2000
  9. ^ TV Listings for October 31, 2000
  10. ^ TV Listings for November 14, 2000
  11. ^ TV Listings for November 21, 2000
  12. ^ TV Listings for November 28, 2000
  13. ^ TV Listings for December 5, 2000
  14. ^ TV Listings for December 12, 2000
  15. ^ TV Listings for December 19, 2000. Note: Almost certainly a typo in the source, which has the total viewers as "2.9" million, when it is almost certainly "12.9" million.
  16. ^ TV Listings for January 9, 2001
  17. ^ TV Listings for January 16, 2001
  18. ^ TV Listings for January 23, 2001
  19. ^ TV Listings for January 30, 2001
  20. ^ TV Listings for February 6, 2001
  21. ^ TV Listings for February 13, 2001
  22. ^ TV Listings for February 20, 2001
  23. ^ TV Listings for March 6, 2001
  24. ^ TV Listings for March 13, 2001
  25. ^ TV Listings for March 13, 2001
  26. ^ TV Listings for March 13, 2001
  27. ^ "ABC spells out plans for Freeview channel". theguardian.com. August 5, 2004. Retrieved December 18, 2016.

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