The Geena Davis Show

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The Geena Davis Show
Created by Terri Minsky
Starring Geena Davis
Peter Horton
Mimi Rogers
Kim Coles
John Francis Daley
Makenzie Vega
Esther Scott
Harland Williams
Composer(s) Johnathan Wolff
Becky Kneubuhl
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22 (1 unaired)
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Wass/Stein Productions
Touchstone Television
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network ABC
Original release October 10, 2000 (2000-10-10) – July 10, 2001 (2001-07-10)

The Geena Davis Show was an American sitcom starring Geena Davis. The show aired for one season on ABC 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
  • Harland Williams – Alan
  • 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] Original air date [5] Prod.
code 
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" October 10, 2000 (2000-10-10) 529N 17.3[6]
2 "What I Like About You" October 17, 2000 (2000-10-17) L516 13.1[7]
3 "Piece of Cake" October 24, 2000 (2000-10-24) L512 7.8[8]
4 "Jealousy" October 31, 2000 (2000-10-31) L513 10.3[9]
5 "Motherly Advice" November 14, 2000 (2000-11-14) L517 10.7[10]
6 "There's Something About Max" November 21, 2000 (2000-11-21) L519 10.7[11]
7 "Cooties" November 28, 2000 (2000-11-28) L518 11.2[12]
8 "The Long Kiss Goodbye" December 5, 2000 (2000-12-05) L514 10.7[13]
9 "By Teddie Cochran" December 12, 2000 (2000-12-12) L520 10.8[14]
10 "How the Mom Stole Christmas" December 19, 2000 (2000-12-19) L521 12.9[15]
11 "Momma Bear" January 9, 2001 (2001-01-09) L523 10.4[16]
12 "Car Wash" January 16, 2001 (2001-01-16) L522 9.5[17]
13 "Max Hates Hillary" January 23, 2001 (2001-01-23) L515 9.7[18]
14 "There's a New Bride in Town" January 30, 2001 (2001-01-30) L525 8.8[19]
15 "Photo Finish" February 6, 2001 (2001-02-06) L526 9.6[20]
16 "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" February 13, 2001 (2001-02-13) L524 10.0[21]
17 "Hot Potato" February 20, 2001 (2001-02-20) L528 9.6[22]
18 "The Prime Directive" March 6, 2001 (2001-03-06) L529 8.7[23]
19 "Spontaneous Combustion" March 13, 2001 (2001-03-13) L511 9.2[24]
20 "Girls' Night Out" July 3, 2001 (2001-07-03) L527 6.0[25]
21 "White Moms Can't Jump" July 10, 2001 (2001-07-10) L530 6.5[26]
22 "The Wedding" Unaired L531 TBD

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, were 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 2017-10-16. 
  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. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 

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