Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane

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Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane
Also known as Zoe...
Genre Sitcom
Created by Daniel Paige
Sue Paige
Directed by Robert Berlinger
Gil Junger
Jeff McCracken
Brian K. Roberts
Jonathan Weiss
Dana DeVally Piazza
Craig Zisk
Starring Selma Blair
David Moscow
Michael Rosenbaum
Azura Skye
Theme music composer Steven R. Burry (Season 1)
Opening theme "Charmed" by My Friend Steve (Season 1)
Composer(s) Roger Boyce
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Jacobs
Peter Aronson
Producer(s) Jim Freedman
Mike Rowe
Morgan Sackett
Jean Zuhorski
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Michael Jacobs Productions
Touchstone Television
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Release
Original network The WB
Original release January 17, 1999 (1999-01-17) – June 11, 2000 (2000-06-11)

Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane is an American teen sitcom starring Selma Blair, David Moscow, Michael Rosenbaum, and Azura Skye that premiered in 1999 on The WB network (now known as CW). During development, the show was initially known as Zoe Bean and was later retitled Zoe... during its second season. The series aired a total of 26 episodes over its two seasons.

Characters[edit]

The series centered on four eccentric high school friends in New York City. The foursome attended (fictional) Fielding-Mellish Prep, which gets its name from Woody Allen's character in the movie Bananas.

  • Zoe Bean (Selma Blair): A coy, boy-crazy daydreamer.
  • Duncan Milch (David Moscow): An anxious oddball. A Woody Allen type.
  • Jack Cooper (Michael Rosenbaum): Handsome, but egotistical and selfish.
  • Jane Cooper (Azura Skye): Jack's twin sister. Sarcastic and cynical. (Although playing twins, Skye was nine years younger than Rosenbaum in real life.)

The show also starred Mary Page Keller as Zoe's single mother Iris during the first season. Scott Foley, fresh from Dawson's Creek, appeared in the pilot with the intention of having him star in the series as Zoe's love interest. But once the pilot finally got picked up, Foley had already moved on to Felicity.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 January 17, 1999 (1999-01-17) May 16, 1999 (1999-05-16)
2 13 January 31, 2000 (2000-01-31) June 11, 2000 (2000-06-11)

Season 1 (1999)[edit]

During the first season, the show centered on the four teenagers as high school students. Jeremy Renner played Jack in the original pilot episode. The first season included guest stars such as Scott Foley as a college boy Zoe had a crush on, Sara Rue as a wheelchair-using bully, Will Friedle as a charming stoner who dated Zoe, and Jacinda Barrett as a girl who liked both Duncan and Jack.

The first season theme song was "Charmed" by My Friend Steve.

List of Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane season 1 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date  Prod.
code [1]
1 1 "Pilot" January 17, 1999 (1999-01-17) 516-T
2 2 "Everything You Wanted to Know About Zoe" January 24, 1999 (1999-01-24) J-406
3 3 "When Zoe Met Johnny" February 7, 1999 (1999-02-07) J-404
4 4 "To Jack, from Zoe" February 14, 1999 (1999-02-14) J-409
5 5 "Sympathy for Jack" February 21, 1999 (1999-02-21) J-411
6 6 "Hard Cheese on Zoe" February 28, 1999 (1999-02-28) J-403
7 7 "The Trouble with Jane" March 7, 1999 (1999-03-07) J-410
8 8 "A Good Man is Hard to Find" March 10, 1999 (1999-03-10) J-412
9 9 "The Advice" March 14, 1999 (1999-03-14) J-413
10 10 "Under Mom's Thumb" April 11, 1999 (1999-04-11) J-408
11 11 "Down and Out at Bleecker and Houston" May 2, 1999 (1999-05-02) J-402
12 12 "Zoe Under the Influence" May 9, 1999 (1999-05-09) J-407
13 13 "Run, Man Ray, Run" May 16, 1999 (1999-05-16) J-405

Season 2 (2000)[edit]

When the show returned for a second season, it had been heavily retooled. The friendship between the four friends remained intact, but now they were adult college students. Gone was Keller as Zoe's mom, while Omar Gooding joined the cast as the foursome's friend Doug Anderson. The title had also been shortened to simply Zoe... (pronounced on-air as Zoe Dot Dot Dot) out of fear that the former title was turning off potential viewers.

After the series was cancelled, Michael Rosenbaum expressed disappointment with the fact that the network had cut his character's name out of the title for the second season.[2]

List of Zoe... season 2 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by [3] Original air date  Prod.
code [3]
14 1 "No Good Deed" Gil Junger January 31, 2000 (2000-01-31) 226052
15 2 "The Customer Is Always Vic" James Hampton February 7, 2000 (2000-02-07) 226054
16 3 "I Don't Feel So Good" James Hampton February 14, 2000 (2000-02-14) 226056
17 4 "Kiss of Death" Brian K. Roberts April 2, 2000 (2000-04-02) 226057
18 5 "The Feud" Dana DeVally Plazza April 9, 2000 (2000-04-09) 226062
19 6 "A Midsummer Night's Nightmare" Gil Junger April 16, 2000 (2000-04-16) 226063
20 7 "Crossing the Line" Brian K. Roberts April 23, 2000 (2000-04-23) 226060
21 8 "Desperately Seeking Zoe" Robert Berlinger April 30, 2000 (2000-04-30) 226058
22 9 "Tall, Dark and Duncan's Boss" James Hampton May 14, 2000 (2000-05-14) 226055
23 10 "My Dinner with Andy" Robert Berlinger May 21, 2000 (2000-05-21) 226059
24 11 "Too Much Pressure" Brian K. Roberts May 28, 2000 (2000-05-28) 226061
25 12 "Party Girls" Gil Junger June 4, 2000 (2000-06-04) 226053
26 13 "Three Years Later" Gil Junger June 11, 2000 (2000-06-11) 226051

References[edit]

  1. ^ From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Lex Appeal". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved 2007-01-14. 
  3. ^ a b From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Zoe : no."]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 

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