Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)
|Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)|
|Also known as||My Adventures in Television|
|Created by||Peter Tolan|
|Written by||David J. Baldy
|Directed by||Robert Berlinger
Ed Begley, Jr.
James Michael McCauley
|Theme music composer||Peter Tolan
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12 (7 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||Lauren Corrao
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||The Cloudland Company
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original release||March 27– June 12, 2002|
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.
- Ivan Sergei as David Weiss
- Melinda McGraw as Lindsay Urich
- Ed Begley, Jr. as Paul Weffler
- Sherri Shepherd as Joanne Walker
- James Michael McCauley as Mike McClaren
- John Cleese as Red Lansing
The series was a mid-season replacement, premiering on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at (of course) 9:30 pm, 8:30 Central Time. 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, and ultimately cancel it.
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.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.
|1||"Pilot"||Ted Wass||Peter Tolan||March 27, 2002||TBA|
|2||"The Art of Groveling"||Ted Wass||David J. Baldy||April 3, 2002||116|
|3||"Death Be Not Pre-Empted"||TBA||Daphne Pollon||May 29, 2002||TBA|
|4||"Chinese Baby"||Ted Wass||Jenji Kohan||June 5, 2002||TBA|
|5||"Fired"||Ted Wass||Lesly Lieberman||June 12, 2002||TBA|
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