In Case of Emergency

2007, TV Show


ABC Calls Off Emergency, Streams Degrees

Poor In Case of Emergency. The ABC newbie had only one week left in its only recently extended run, but the network is yanking it on April 18 and putting a Lost repeat in its place. And speaking of dead series, the Alphabet net is adding to its website the first of the remaining five episodes of Six Degrees, on April 27. read more

Jonathan Silverman Makes a Case for His Sitcom's Success

Jonathan Silverman, In Case of Emergency

At the time this interview with Jonathan Silverman was set up, tonight at 9:30 pm/ET was supposed to present the season finale of ABC's In Case of Emergency. But just before Silverman called, ABC extended his sitcom's run, pushing its freshman finale to April 18. Regardless, wasn't about to pass on the chance to chat up the funnyman who in addition to his role as ICE's Harry, is about to visit fiancée Jennifer Finnigan's Close to Home. Just to be clear, I'm speaking to Jonathan Silverman and not Jason Schwartzman, right? I get yo read more

Does ABC plan on ever ...

Question: Does ABC plan on ever finishing the run of a new sitcom? Last year, they gave Emily's Reasons Why Not a one-night trial, along with the returning Jake in Progress. They also pulled Crumbs after five episodes, after it averaged 7.5 million viewers on Tuesdays. That's much better than any of ABC's comedies have averaged this season, besides Dancing with the Stars-fueled Help Me Help You, which was pulled with four episodes left to air. Then, the network pulled Big Day with only one episode left to air, The Knights of Prosperity with four episodes left, In Case of Emergency with two episodes left and Notes from the Underbelly, which will only air seven of its 13 episodes. Do you think this shows an overall lack of confidence in new sitcoms? Answer: Whew. You're certainly paying a lot more attention to that wasteland than I am. In most cases (though not for Knights of Prosperity, which deserved better), for ABC to take these shows off the air early is kind of like a mercy killing. ... read more

Seriously, does anyone really ...

Question: Seriously, does anyone really think a sitcom about the Geico cavemen is a good idea? They are commercials, and while the first couple were funny, you can't possibly create a half hour based on this premise. I guarantee, as just a TV fan who sort of knows the biz, that this series will not last even as long as Joey did. It is just a mistake waiting to happen, just like when ABC ruined Who Wants to Be a Millionaire by airing it too often. Answer: Are you likening Joey Tribbiani to a caveman? The very idea. Something else for those thin-skinned neanderthals to pout about, I suppose. Seriously, don't put the cart before the dinosaur here. Developing a pilot is a long way from putting it on the air, but consider how desperate ABC's comedy executives must be to tap this rich vein of humor. (Not since CBS's short-lived It's About Time, about astronauts and cavemen, which lasted all of 26 episodes in 1966-67.) But honestly, can whatever they come up with be much worse than In Case of read more

I am having a hard time ...

Question: I am having a hard time understanding how the networks are scheduling programs. To me, it just doesn't seem like the audience for Heroes is going to stick around to watch Studio 60 or The Black Donnellys. I don't think these shows mesh at all together. On ABC, they decided that the order of the Wednesday comedy block should be George Lopez, The Knights of Prosperity, According to Jim and In Case of Emergency. Again, I don't see how the audiences of each of those will stick around to watch the other shows. George and Jim are more family-oriented, and Knights and Emergency lean to adults. Unfortunately, shows like Studio 60 and Knights, both of which I like, are not getting fair chances by getting better scheduling. I'm curious about your thoughts on this. Answer: I don't really agree where Studio 60 is concerned. While it's true that Heroes cult fanatics aren't the perfect target audience for Studio 60, it was still a powerful lead-in, and NBC kept Studio 60 in the same time ... read more

Wedding Crashers' Jane Seymour Is One ICE-y Hot Mama

Jane Seymour, In Case of Emergency

Michaela "Mike" Quinn is playing doctor again, though this time she is a far cry from the Wild West and she'll have temperatures rising in a very different way. In a three-episode arc starting tonight on ABC's In Case of Emergency (Wednesdays at 9:30 pm/ET), Jane Seymour plays the hot-to-trot mother of David Arquette's Jason and the ardent pursuer of Jonathan Silverman's Harry. spent a few minutes with the Brit beauty and Wedding Crashers cougar to discuss her bawdy new bits. So, is there love in the air for Jason's mother? Or at least some lust? Jane read more

ABC Sitcoms' 9 pm Time Slot Is Lost to Lost

ABC has temporarily sidelined (because I know how some of you bristle at the word "shelved") the Wednesdays-at-9 sitcombo of According to Jim and In Case of Emergency so as to lead in to the fresh Feb. 14 and 21 episodes of Lost with encores of the show's previous eppy. (For example, "Not in Portland" will air this Wednesday following Knights of Prosperity.)Now, I could be snarky here and say, "Hey, Lost, how about that much-ballyhooed 'No Repeats' mantra?" But 1) slotting a "refresher" episode in front of a new one isn't what they meant, and 2) I'm a better person than that. The worst part of this? You will have to wait another two weeks for my saucy Q&A with ICE guest star Jane Seymour. read more

Ratings: Strong Bones, Lights and Knights Prosper

This Wednesday's ratings notes:• With an audience of 12.56 million total viewers, Bones enjoyed its best outing in a year and its second-largest audience ever.• Friday Night Lights (6.86 million) soared almost a mil, delivering its best numbers since the series' Oct. 3 premiere. (PS. Did you see the Ausiello Report's latest casting scooplet?)• ABC seems to have solved its comedy conundrum: Despite a loss of 1.7 million viewers when compared to According to Jim, The Knights of Prosperity (5.25 million) boosted its previous tally by a mil, and the 8 o'clock block was up a hair overall. The 9 pm combo of Jim (5.75 mil, down 400K) and In Case of Emergency (4.57 mil, up 1.6 mil thanks to a stronger lead-in) was up two million overall.• Beauty and the Geek (4.08 million) was up a mil. (Because someone will ask.)• American Idol (31.45 million) dominated at 9, yet slipped two mil week-to-week (and that's versus a Criminal Minds repeat).• A warmed-over CSI: NY (... read more

Will Kelly Hu's In Case of Emergency Get a "Happy Ending"?

Kelly Hu, In Case of Emergency

Last week, in the wake of the second batch of Idol, ABC opted to shuffle its Wednesday lineup, moving The Knights of Prosperity out of the highly competitive 9 o'clock hour. Fellow freshman sitcom In Case of Emergency, meanwhile, has been left standing pat at 9:30 pm to fight the good fight. checked in with Kelly Hu, who plays a "massage therapist" on the laffer, to survey her sexy new role. But first, an early celebration.... Someone's got a birthday coming up, huh?Kelly Hu: I do [on Feb. 13].... But I don't know if I want to celebrate birthdays anymore. I'm getting to that age where it's not so fun. [Laughs] read more

Casting About: Jennifer Aniston Wallows in Dirt

It's official: This is what Friends are for. Jennifer Aniston will guest on the March 27 season finale of Courteney Cox's FX series Dirt, Variety reports. The actress formerly known as Rachel Green will play a rival of Cox's tabloid editor.... Who better than Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, to guest on a show called In Case of Emergency? Randolph Mantooth, you say? OK, but he just wasn't right for the part of David Arquette's mother. Instead, Jane Seymour has been tapped to appear in three episodes. Actually, come to think of it, Jane's not right for that part, either. I'm seeing Shirley Jones. read more

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Premiered: January 03, 2007, on ABC
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Premise: High-school classmates find their lives intertwining again many years after graduation. Among them are a divorced man; a masseuse; a financial whiz indicted for fraud; and a diet guru whose wife left him and cleaned him out.


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