The Guest Book
|The Guest Book|
|Created by||Greg Garcia|
|Theme music composer||honeyhoney|
|Composer(s)||John E. Low|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||21 minutes|
Amigos de Garcia Productions|
CBS Television Studios
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||August 3, 2017– present|
The Guest Book is an American anthology comedy television series created by Greg Garcia. The series stars Charlie Robinson, Carly Jibson, Lou Wilson, and Kellie Martin. The first season is centered on the lives of the employees and visitors to a group of rental cottages in the small mountain town of Mount Trace, while season two is set at a retreat in the oceanside town of Mabel Beach. The regular cast plays residents in the town, while each episode is focused on a different guest star who plays an out-of-town vacationer. Garcia, who based the show on his habit of writing fake guest book entries while on vacation, wrote all 10 episodes of the first season. The series premiered on TBS on August 3, 2017. On September 13, 2017, TBS renewed the series for a second season which is set to premiere on October 23, 2018.
Cast and characters
- Charlie Robinson as Wilfred, the caretaker of the rental cottages
- Carly Jibson as Vivian, the owner of Chubby's, the local strip club
- Lou Wilson as Frank, Vivian's stepson
- Kellie Martin as Officer Kimberly Leahy
- Aloma Wright as Emma, Wilfred's wife
- Garret Dillahunt as Dr. Andrew Brown
- Laura Bell Bundy as Jessica, Andrew's ex-wife
- Trace Garcia as Bryce, Andrew and Jessica's son
- Eddie Steeples as Eddie, Wilfred and Emma's nephew
- Margo Martindale as Alice, Kimberly's mother
- Arjay Smith as Arlo
- John Milhiser as Woody
- Tipper Newton as Sinnomin, Vivian's employee
- Melanie Mosley as Kombucha, Vivian's employee
- Jack Donner as Walter, an elderly patron of Chubby's
- honeyhoney as Chubby's house band, a mailwoman (Suzanne Santo) and an exterminator (Benjamin Jaffe)
- Danny Pudi as Tim, a teacher
- Lauren Lapkus as Sandy, Tim's wife
- Stockard Channing as Jill
- Henry Zebrowski as Ethan, Jill's son
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Lynn, Ethan's fiancée
- Michaela Watkins as Phyllis
- David Zayas as David
- Stephnie Weir as Marcia
- Mikaela Hoover as Bethany
- Jaime Pressly as Christy, an ex-porn star
- John Ortiz as Paul, Christy's boyfriend
- John Hennigan as Steve
- Kimberly Hebert Gregory as Trina, a Federal Agent
- Tommy Dewey as Blake, Trina's prisoner
- Michael Rapaport as Adam
- Kate Micucci as Gillian, Adam's co-worker
- Andrew J. West as Tommy
- Shannon Woodward as Marla, Tommy's girlfriend
- Jenna Fischer as Dr. Laurie Galiff, a specialist on Advanced Alzheimer's
- Orson Bean as Edgar, an Alzheimer's patient
- Affion Crockett as Darnell, a nurse
- Sebastian Schier as Jacob
- Aylam Orian as Jacob's father
- Maureen McCormick as herself
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||August 3, 2017||September 28, 2017|
|2||TBA||October 23, 2018||TBA|
The intended fifth episode of the series was originally intended to air on August 24, 2017, but was held back as it "contained elements that were deemed too sensitive" at that point in time. At the end of August 2017, Garcia noted on Twitter that the held episode would not be made available "for awhile", and that he hopes that it will be released at a later date. In mid-September, Garcia again posted on Twitter and confirmed that the episode would air the next Thursday as the eighth episode of the season, albeit in an edited form to fit its new place in the show's continuity.
When the episode aired, the sensitive elements were revealed to be in relation to the Unite the Right rally which took place two weeks before the episode was originally due to air. The episode depicted an Alzheimer's patient regaining his spousal abuse tendencies and racist personality - going as far as sewing and wearing a KKK outfit with the intention of attending a rally, while also revealing he once murdered an African American while burning down a local black church.
Season 1 (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||1||"Story One"||Michael Fresco||Greg Garcia||August 3, 2017||1.33|
|Tim and Sandy travel to the cottage wanting to spice up their relationship. After feeling the pressure from Sandy, who is upset at the lack of creature comforts available to her, Tim visits a local strip club owned by Vivian and is unaware that her stepson Frank is filming the encounter. Frank shows Tim the tape and tells him that he wants money in exchange for keeping his secret. Tim knocks out Frank and locks him in his car. The next day, Tim throws Frank's car keys onto the side of the road as he departs with Sandy.|
|2||2||"Story Two"||Michael Fresco||Greg Garcia||August 3, 2017||0.97|
|Jill and her husband decide to drug their son Ethan's atheist fiancee Lynn at the cottage to perform a baptism. Lynn awakens the next day to discover her leg has become infected and learns that she could lose it. After a short stay at the hospital, Lynn makes a full recovery and begins to accept the possibility of God. Jill abandons her religion as she believes her prayers went unanswered.|
|3||3||"Story Three"||Eyal Gordin||Greg Garcia||August 10, 2017||1.21|
|Phyllis decides to help a woman in a polygamous relationship leave her husband to avoid her uncomfortable stay at the cottage with her husband, his boss and wife. She allows the woman to stay inside her husband's bosses truck, but awakens the next day to find it stolen. After they depart, the woman calls the cottage to tell Phyllis that she had borrowed the truck to return to her husband, but has accidentally driven it into a lake.|
|4||4||"Story Four"||Samir Rehem||Greg Garcia||August 17, 2017||1.08|
|Christy visits the cottage with her boyfriend Paul and his 8-year old daughter. After becoming apprehensive about her relationship, Christy eats a pot brownie and spends her time high writing inside the guest book inside a crawl space. Paul reports Christy missing and discovers that she used to be a pornographic actress. Ashamed of her past, Christy reconciles with Paul and becomes a mother figure to his daughter.|
|5||5||"Story Five"||Samir Rahem||Greg Garcia||August 24, 2017||1.10|
|Federal Agent Trina brings witness Blake to Froggy Cottage to hide him from his ex-girlfriends's drug cartel connections. Blake attempts to escape only to discover that he and Trina share a love of poetry and they decide to run away together. However, Blake ditches her, only to have Trina track him down at a Mexican cantina.|
|6||6||"Story Six"||Michael Engler||Greg Garcia||August 31, 2017||1.16|
|Nerdy, obsessive compulsive, middle-aged Adam has a crush on his younger co-worker, Gillian, and creates a fake party invite to entice her to come to the cottage. It backfires when she brings another co-worker, Theo, along with her and Adam must then invite the townspeople to his party. Despite having a good time at the party, Adam has an allergic reaction to peanuts and also overhears Gillian and Theo confessing their feelings for one another. As the party ends a stranger, who received the fake party invite by accident, arrives, but Adam finds her obsessive compulsiveness weird and shuts the door in her face.|
|7||7||"Story Seven"||Eyal Gordin||Greg Garcia||September 7, 2017||0.98|
|Tommy wants his girlfriend Marla to do two things: 1) finally accept his marriage proposal and 2) get off crystal meth. He takes Marla to the mountains for a vacation, hoping it'll give her a chance to break her meth habit. They break into the currently vacant Froggy Cottage, where Tommy flushes Marla's meth down the toilet. While they are fighting, a bear breaks into the cottage. After surviving the bear visit, Marla agrees she doesn't need the crystal meth and asks Tommy to marry her.|
|8||8||"Story Eight"||Michael Engler||Greg Garcia||September 14, 2017||1.14|
|Medical researcher Laurie brings Edgar who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's to study the effects of an alternative therapy involving recreating the past life the patient is likely to be familiar and comfortable with. Edgar responds well by reliving several memories and reveals himself to be a white-supremacist supporter of KKK. He mistakes the accompanying black male nurse to be a handyman and Laurie to be his wife, treating her misogynistically. Laurie and the nurse find out that Edgar caused an unsolved case of arson from the 1950s that killed the same handyman, based on the fact that Edgar is planning to set the same church on fire that night.|
|9||9||"Story Nine"||Greg Garcia||Greg Garcia||September 21, 2017||0.98|
|Amish boy Jacob goes on a tour for his Rumspringa. After mistaking Brittany Murphy from 8 Mile to be alive and wanting to marry her, he arrives at the mountain town and rents Froggy Cottage to meet with God. Not finding God in the cottage, Jacob spins his revolver to find answers and concludes that he should commit suicide to meet God. As there were no bullets in his gun, he attempted various ways to kill himself before breaking his leg and being taken to a hospital. While recovering, Jacob watches Marcia Brady from The Brady Bunch and falls in love with her. He sets off to California where he meets Maureen McCormick who had played Marcia.|
|10||10||"Story Ten"||Greg Garcia||Greg Garcia||September 28, 2017||1.16|
|Vivian (the strip club owner) was shot with an arrow in her breast while trying to kill Wilfred (the caretaker of the cottages) as revenge for destroying the tape she used to blackmail him. Wilfred ties Vivian to a chair while Dr. Andrew returns with supplies from the hospital. When Andrew tries to talk to Vivian, she bites him and is sedated by Wilfred. She wakes up later and tries to draw attention to the Froggy Cottage while Andrew is at the strip club talking to Frank and Wilfred is with his wife. A suspicious Officer Kimberley investigates and discovers Wilfred trying to hide Vivian in the closet, and is upset she has to arrest Andrew. However, Andrew's son chances upon the story of Tim from Story One in the guest book and Kimberley contacts Tim to ask him to testify against Vivian for blackmailing him.|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|11||1||"Finding Reality"||TBA||TBA||October 23, 2018||TBD|
|12||2||"Under Cover"||TBA||TBA||October 23, 2018||TBD|
|13||3||"Counting Problems"||TBA||TBA||October 30, 2018||TBD|
|14||4||"Killer Party"||TBA||TBA||November 6, 2018||TBD|
|15||5||"Two Steps Forward, One Step Back"||TBA||TBA||November 13, 2018||TBD|
|16||6||"Invisible Son"||TBA||TBA||November 20, 2018||TBD|
|17||7||"Tonight You Become a Man"||TBA||TBA||November 27, 2018||TBD|
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 64% based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 6.33 out of 10. The site's critical consensus reads, "An outstanding cast and sporadically sharp humor make The Guest Book worth checking out, even if its anthology formula leads to a bumpy journey from episode to episode." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 55 out of 100 based on 9 reviews.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||Avg. viewers
|1||Thursday 10:30 pm||10||August 3, 2017||1.33||September 28, 2017||1.16||1.11||0.39|
|2||Tuesday 10:30 pm||TBA||October 23, 2018||TBD||TBA||TBD||TBD||TBD|
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