2007, TV Show


Cheers & Jeers: Friday Night Lights' Incredible Jurnee

Jurnee Smollet

Cheers to Jurnee Smollett for completing a tricky arc on Friday Night Lights.

When the TGIF alum (who costarred with five of her siblings in the 1994-5 sitcom On Our Own) joined FNL at the start of Season 4 ... read more

Romijn/O'Connell Get Wildly Sexy On Screen

Jerry O'Connell, Jerry Minor, Fred Goss and Rebecca Romijn by Karen Neal/ABC

Newlyweds Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn play against type (fans hope) when Romijn guests on her hubby's ABC series Carpoolers. Romijn plays Joannifer, O'Connell's womanizing Laird's much-maligned ex-wife.Creator/exec producer/writer Bruce McCulloch (Kids in the Hall) says Romijn was a frequent set visitor, since her Ugly Betty set is nearby. "She started to hang around, she was laughing, we were buying her sushi," and he told O'Connell, "We gotta get her on the show."While Laird's ex has often been mentioned — he reportedly received "the worst divorce settlement" ever — she has yet to be seen, until now.Romijn "is a force of nature," so she's perfect for the role of Joannifer, who McCulloch describes as "ferocious," but also "vulnerable and emotional." Basically, she's mercurial: "Part of the fun of playing Joannifer is she's sweet one moment, but can turn on a dime."It didn't hurt that the couple has real-life chemistry. "It's an added thing that they're married in r... read more

ABC Stays Dirty, The CW Sows More Reaper

Natalie Zea and Daniel Cosgrove in Dirty Sexy Money by Vivian Zink/ABC

ABC has ordered an additional three scripts for two more of its freshman series: Dirty Sexy Money (woo-hoo!) and... Carpoolers (who knew!). Thus far this season, ABC has picked up Private Practice and Pushing Daisies for full seasons, ordered six more Samantha Who? scripts and, well, done nothing yet about improving Cavemen.Elsewhere, the CW has picked up three additional scripts for Reaper, while Aliens in America, sources tell the Reporter, is set to stay in production beyond its original 13-episode order in hopes of getting a full-season ride. read more

How do you think Bones will ...

Question: How do you think Bones will fare in the ratings? I see it recently averaged around the eight million mark. I'm glad it won't be up against Dancing with the Stars every week! However, it does compete with the well-established NCIS and now the two ABC comedies Cavemen and Carpoolers, which for me have no appeal. Bones doesn't get the media blitz that some other Fox shows do, like House and Prison Break. I'm concerned it will spend another season as an underrated show. Shouldn't Fox be putting a few more bucks into promoting a series with such heart and humor, one that is well-crafted and has a terrific ensemble cast with great chemistry? I enjoy the pairing of Bones and House, but I know American Idol is looming in the background, waiting to snatch away its time slot. Having a short break for baseball after only three episodes doesn't exactly help build the fan base, either. So what do you think Bones' chances are in its third season? Answer: Bones is probably never going to be a ... read more

Carpoolers' Jerry O'Connell Enjoying the Ride So Far

Jerry O'Connell by Bob D'Amico/ABC

Despite mostly weak reviews, ABC's Carpoolers and its equally critically maligned lead-in show Cavemen managed a solid second place in their respective debuts against CBS' NCIS last week. Considering both shows' lack of good buzz, they each did well in the Nielsens, averaging roughly nine million total viewers. Carpoolers (Tuesdays, 8:30 pm/ET) actually exceeded the network's internal expectations for young and male-skewing demos by about 15 percent."We maybe didn’t garner as much attention as some other shows out there [before the premiere]," says Carpoolers star Jerry O'Connell, who plays one of four guys who share their ride to work. "Half-hour comedies have to be given a chance, you know? We started off pretty well, so hopefully we can even build on it."A guest appearance next month by O'Connell's new, real-life bride, Ugly Betty's Rebecca Romijn, in which she'll play his character's ex-wife, couldn't hurt either. "We had some scenes where we had to be physical with each ot... read more

You and every other critic ...

Question: You and every other critic warned us that Cavemen was horrible, but I decided to check it out anyway. I imagined it as a traditional comedy that just used the cavemen issue for the occasional good joke. In fact, I thought it would be just as silly but as fun as Dinosaurs was in the early '90s. But instead of a show that acknowledged its silly gimmick, I found a show that actually thinks it is genius. I felt like the people behind the show were screaming, "Look at us! We are quirky! We are original! Admire us for our imaginative, offensive-to-none look at social problems! We are a serious show but still have a sense of humor!" Everyone knows that if you have to tell someone you have a serious side or a sense of humor, you don't have either. On the plus side, it made Carpoolers look really funny. Answer: That's the first time I've seen Carpoolers and "really funny" in the same sentence. And hopefully the last. (And how bummed were you to learn that Cavemen is now set in San ... read more

Ratings: NCIS Clubs Cavemen and House Parties

Cote de Pablo and Mark Harmon in NCIS by Robert Voets/CBS

Tuesday's ratings recap, here and now:8 pm/ETNCIS dominated the hour with 16.26 million total viewers, a massive 19 percent week-to-week surge. (It was also NCIS' most-watched outing since last Dec. 12.) ABC's Cavemen-Carpoolers combo placed second with about 9 mil each. Bones (7.89 mil) and Beauty and the Geek (2.66 mil) each lost around 350 thou.9 pmWith 17.28 million viewers, House dealt the DWTS results show (15.7 mil, dipping 902K) some bad medicine, in total viewers and key demos. Up 600,000 from its season opener, The Unit came in third with 11.34 mil. Reaper (2.82 mil) reaped 400 thou fewer souls than in its debut.10 pmLaw & Order: SVU (11.7 mil) topped... yet dropped (400K). Boston Legal (10.94 mil) gained 640 thou week-to-week to best CBS' Cane (whose ratings soured 17 percent from the premiere).Lastly, an update on Heroes' season premiere, which now — factoring in Saturday's replay — can boast an audience of 17 million (up from the original 14.1 mil). That a... read more

Cavemen: Comedy from the Dark Age

Sam Huntington in Cavemen by Mitch Haddad/ABC

The evolution of comedy on ABC is not a pretty one, from the heights not so long ago of Roseanne to the absolute prehistoric depths of Cavemen, which premiered Tuesday night without benefit of sending a finished preview episode to critics. For good reason, clearly. We thought the original pilot we saw in May was lousy, but that was nothing compared to the woolly mammoth stinker that aired Tuesday. I didn’t crack a smile, bark a single laugh, even grunt a symbolic “ugh.” I think time may actually have stood still for a few seconds, somewhere between the scene where a caveman ordered a tall soy macchiato and cranberry biscotti after sneering at “pretentious poseurs” at the mall and the bit where, on the squash court, the hairy guys discussed how their sexual prowess made them “forbidden fruit” to female “sapes.”Forget ugh. How about ick?Pairing this instant loser with the whining-male flat tire known as Carpoolers made for what may have bee... read more

I snapped up TV Guide's Fall ...

Question: I snapped up TV Guide's Fall Preview issue, and I find it a mixed blessing. While I appreciate the behind-the-scenes reportage and the luxurious layout, there's one crucial aspect that I miss greatly: your Picks (and yes, the capital P is deliberate). Of course, there were the "10 Shows with Buzz," but they included some shows you don't even like (Gossip Girl, etc.). And while you gave a helpful day-by-day analysis of the new programming, I and no doubt many other readers miss the days when you essentially said, "Here are the best dramas and comedies airing." And so, for old times' sake, I put in this plea: What is your must-see list among 2007's new crop? Answer: I would think it's pretty clear from reading those nightly roundups which shows I'm crazy about, and I state pretty bluntly that Pushing Daisies is unquestionably my favorite pilot. Everything else, even those I more or less like, pale by comparison in terms of ambition and execution. But in a nutshell, my short list ... read more

Romijn Event: Jerry O'Connell's Wife Guests on Sitcom

Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell by John Shearer/

Does Hollywood even audition people for roles anymore? Where is SAG on this?! On the heels of the news that Sara Gilbert will woo Johnny Galecki on The Big Bang Theory, Ian Ziering will visit Jason Priestly's Side Order of Life and Vanessa Williams' ex is dropping by Ugly Betty, ABC has announced that Betty's Rebecca Romijn will play real-life hubby Jerry O'Connell's ex-wife, Joannifer, on the comedy Carpoolers. Perhaps a reason to tune in to the new series? Perhaps? (OK, unless she's only wearing blue paint, not quite.) read more

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Premiered: October 02, 2007, on ABC
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Premise: Four very different guys bond while carpooling to and from work. They are a divorced playboy, a henpecked breadwinner, a newlywed and a traditional conservative.


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