Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane

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Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane
Also known asZoe...
GenreSitcom
Created byDaniel Paige
Sue Paige
Directed byRobert Berlinger
Gil Junger
Jeff McCracken
Brian K. Roberts
Jonathan Weiss
Dana DeVally Piazza
Craig Zisk
StarringSelma Blair
David Moscow
Michael Rosenbaum
Azura Skye
Theme music composerSteven R. Burry (Season 1)
Opening theme"Charmed" by My Friend Steve (Season 1)
Composer(s)Roger Boyce
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Michael Jacobs
Peter Aronson
Producer(s)Jim Freedman
Mike Rowe
Morgan Sackett
Jean Zuhorski
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Michael Jacobs Productions
Touchstone Television
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Release
Original networkThe WB
Original releaseJanuary 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]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113January 17, 1999 (1999-01-17)May 16, 1999 (1999-05-16)
213January 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
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code [1]
11"Pilot"January 17, 1999 (1999-01-17)516-T
22"Everything You Wanted to Know About Zoe"January 24, 1999 (1999-01-24)J-406
33"When Zoe Met Johnny"February 7, 1999 (1999-02-07)J-404
44"To Jack, from Zoe"February 14, 1999 (1999-02-14)J-409
55"Sympathy for Jack"February 21, 1999 (1999-02-21)J-411
66"Hard Cheese on Zoe"February 28, 1999 (1999-02-28)J-403
77"The Trouble with Jane"March 7, 1999 (1999-03-07)J-410
88"A Good Man is Hard to Find"March 10, 1999 (1999-03-10)J-412
99"The Advice"March 14, 1999 (1999-03-14)J-413
1010"Under Mom's Thumb"April 11, 1999 (1999-04-11)J-408
1111"Down and Out at Bleecker and Houston"May 2, 1999 (1999-05-02)J-402
1212"Zoe Under the Influence"May 9, 1999 (1999-05-09)J-407
1313"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
TitleDirected by [3]Original air dateProd.
code [3]
141"No Good Deed"Gil JungerJanuary 31, 2000 (2000-01-31)226052
152"The Customer Is Always Vic"James HamptonFebruary 7, 2000 (2000-02-07)226054
163"I Don't Feel So Good"James HamptonFebruary 14, 2000 (2000-02-14)226056
174"Kiss of Death"Brian K. RobertsApril 2, 2000 (2000-04-02)226057
185"The Feud"Dana DeVally PlazzaApril 9, 2000 (2000-04-09)226062
196"A Midsummer Night's Nightmare"Gil JungerApril 16, 2000 (2000-04-16)226063
207"Crossing the Line"Brian K. RobertsApril 23, 2000 (2000-04-23)226060
218"Desperately Seeking Zoe"Robert BerlingerApril 30, 2000 (2000-04-30)226058
229"Tall, Dark and Duncan's Boss"James HamptonMay 14, 2000 (2000-05-14)226055
2310"My Dinner with Andy"Robert BerlingerMay 21, 2000 (2000-05-21)226059
2411"Too Much Pressure"Brian K. RobertsMay 28, 2000 (2000-05-28)226061
2512"Party Girls"Gil JungerJune 4, 2000 (2000-06-04)226053
2613"Three Years Later"Gil JungerJune 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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