Oliver Beene

2003, TV Show


Meet The Ring Girl

Child stars tend to scare us. But not 13-year-old Daveigh Chase. Yeah, she played Samara Morgan, the undead brat who crawled out of the TV screen to scare her victims to death in The Ring. And sure, she was named Best Villain at last year's MTV Movie Awards — beating out Colin Farrell, Mike Myers, Willem Dafoe and Daniel Day-Lewis for her golden popcorn trophy. But Chase hasn't let the goodies she gets for being bad go to her head. She's a good kid, but maybe too well trained. The young actress has been taught courtesy and politeness, which is nice. Yet, whenever this TV Guide Online reporter asks a tough question, there's a moment of silence as she, I suspect, checks with an adult on her end for an appropriate response. Case in point: Critics have trashed Fox's Oliver Beene, including our own Matt Roush, who calls the show "cartoonish and crudely unpleasant." Since the show's producers have done some r read more

Oliver's Twist: Maggie Grace

Last week, Oliver Beene introduced Maggie Grace as Elke Nelsonbooster, the hot foreign-exchange student living across the hall from the Fox sitcom's kooky core clan, and in no time, the overeager Beene boys' interest had, um, sprouted. This week — right now, in fact — TV Guide Online pries the rising starlet away from a battery of meetings with VIPs (Very Important Producers) to ask her seven questions that weren't intended to be silly until we realized how much fun she'd have with them. Enjoy! TV Guide Online: So... the hot exchange student, huh? Is Elke the role you were born to play, or what?Maggie Grace: Actually, she's the first girl I've ever played that everyone has a crush on. Also, she's my first hot exchange student. Finally! TVGO: Your Swedish accent sounds pretty good to me. Or maybe, like the Beenes, I was just distracted by your sweaters.Grace: I worked pretty hard on it. Needless to say, I don't have too much read more

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Premiered: March 09, 2003, on FOX
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Premise: Early-'60s dysfunctional-family humor, narrated by the (now-adult) younger son, `Wonder Years'-style. The dysfunction comes naturally when Mom is obsessed with Jackie Kennedy and Dad really enjoys being a dentist (it's his hobby as well as his job). As for 11-year-old Oliver, he's the `class clown' whose hero happens to be comic Lenny Bruce.


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