'Til Death

2006, TV Show


Ratings: Idol Becomes Death

Wednesday's ratings noteables:8 pmA "just visiting" Survivor: Fiji won the hour with 12.67 million total viewers, a mil fewer than its last Thursday outing and five mil more than Jericho has been getting. At No. 2, Bones held steady with 10.3 mil. Friday Night Lights (5.46 mil) saw a 330K bump, and Top Model delivered a typical five mil.9 pmAmerican Idol's results show 26.34 million, up 740,000 week-to-week) fueled another series high for 'Til Death (14.65 mil). Jordan (6.13 mil) plunged 1.3 mil, while this Wednesday's Pussycat Dolls encore drew 3.12 mil, giving it the same two-night tally as last week.10 pmCSI: NY (13.63 mil, down 370 thou) topped an otherwise outstanding episode of Lost (which was down again, a bit, to a hair under 12 mil). read more

Clay Date: A Man's How-to Guide for Crazy Women

Steph (me) goes a little crazy this week. While Joy (Joely Fisher) and Eddie (Brad Garrett) are out of town visiting their daughter Allison (Krysten Ritter) at college, Steph decides to put some new tile on the bathroom wall. Since she and Jeff (Eddie Kaye Thomas) always fight whenever they work on household projects together, Jeff decides to hire Hector, a maintenance guy, to help Steph. As far as Steph knows, Jeff hired Hector because tiling is a job that is better left to a professional. What she doesn't know is that Jeff wants to hire someone to take the heat in case Steph gets upset during the tiling process. Jeff's brilliant idea backfires when Steph and Hector end up battling over how to place and cut the tiles. When Steph is unhappy with the final product, she blames Jeff for the mishap. Sometimes men just can't win.Overall, I believe the notion that "men can't win" is a silly cliché. I even hate to utter the statement, because most of the time I don't think it's true &... read more

I Have Never Taken Nude Photos

The episode we are working on this week, "The Italian Affair," deals with secret pasts. In cleaning out their storage closet, Eddie (Brad Garrett) and Joy (Joely Fisher) find a roll of film with photos from a trip to Italy they've done their best to forget. The reason they've tried to bury the whole vacation is that on their way home, Eddie spanked Joy like a toddler. She was so humiliated that she left him, and he had to do everything he could to get her back. For the last 20 years, Eddie and Joy have not spoken of their trip to Italy, lest they dredge up the old feelings of resentment sparked by this terrible event. We also learn yet a little more about the sordid past of Steph (me). As far as we knew at the beginning of the series, Steph was as sweet and innocent as could be. True, she did trade sex for furniture, but for the most part, a joyful post-wedding romantic haze surrounded her. Things have changed since the wedding.Before I bring us to this week's episode, let's do a br... read more

My Dancer Within

This week’s episode of 'Til Death is called “The Bachelor Party.” Eddie (Brad Garrett) finds out that Jeff (Eddie Kaye Thomas) never had a bachelor party and decides to throw him one. So Eddie, Jeff, Cofeld (Anthony Anderson) and Stan (Jerry Lambert) go out to a strip club to “celebrate Jeff’s bachelorhood” even though he’s been married to Steph (me) for six months.So when I walked in Monday morning for the table read, I couldn’t help but notice that the set of our strip club was fully equipped with a beautiful, shiny brass pole, situated at the end of a glossy black catwalk. On a whole third of our stage, a large and well-appointed strip club had been expertly replicated by our fantastic ‘Til Death set-design and set-decoration team. The club is called Flesh Gardens.We did the table read and it went great — the script is fantastic — but secretly there was a part of me that couldn't stop thinking about the stripper pole. I just ... read more

If you had to make a ...

Question: If you had to make a prediction right now, what do you think are the five freshman series that have the greatest likelihood of making it to a second season? Answer: The one no-brainer is Heroes, which has already been picked up for next season. Five other sure bets: Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters on ABC, Shark and Jericho on CBS and probably 30 Rock on NBC (preserving the "comedy night done right" lineup). I'm hopeful for Men in Trees and praying for Friday Night Lights (hands-down this season's "Best Show You're Not Watching"). Anything currently on indefinite hiatus is toast. Which leaves Studio 60, The Class, Knights of Prosperity, The Game, 'Til Death and Standoff (which is expected to return on Fridays in the spring) as the iffiest of the ifs. I would frankly be surprised to see any of those return next fall, although anything's possible ... read more

Exclusive: Ray Romano's Sitcom Comeback!

History is being made in the Ausiello Report this morning, folks. For the first time ever, I'm going to write a sentence that contains the words "'Til" and "Death" in it. But I think it's warranted since, well, it's a big ol' piece of prattle. A tipster with close ties to the Fox sitcom tells me that Brad Garrett has persuaded his former TV bro Ray Romano to make a guest appearance in an upcoming episode (airdate TBD). This would mark the duo's first on-screen reunion since Everybody Loves Raymond signed off in May '05. Garrett's no doubt hoping this bit of stunt casting will bring Death to life in the ratings, where it's been struggling pretty much since day one. The show is also expected to get a boost when it moves to Wednesdays after the American Idol results show beginning Feb. 27. Thoughts? Will a Romano cameo get you to watch 'Til Death? Do you think less of me for giving the show more press? read more

There are a few shows that I ...

Question: There are a few shows that I have grown attached to in the last few months, and I'm wondering what your take is on their futures: Brothers & Sisters, Shark, Close to Home and 'Til Death. What kinds of ratings are they getting, and what do you think their chances are of returning next season?
Answer: Of the shows on your short list, only 'Til Death is in any real jeopardy; the others are sure bets to return for another season. 'Til Death's future probably rests on how it performs during Fox's stronger second half of the season, and how strong Fox's comedy development is for next season. I'd guess it's a long shot ... read more

Krysten Ritter: Death Becomes Rory Gilmore's Gal Pal

Krysten Ritter with Brad Garrett, 'Til Death

From one of Julia Robert's students in Mona Lisa Smile to one of Rory's best Yale pals on Gilmore Girls, Krysten Ritter is working with the best in the business and getting so much exposure, you can catch her on TV more than once a week. Taking a break from Gilmore's bright-eyed Lucy, Ritter plays another coed tonight on Fox's 'Til Death (8 pm/ET), starring Everybody Loves Raymond's Brad Garrett. And when you're done laughing up her comedy spot, check out her other Fox appearance this wee read more

Pickups: Standoff Stays On, New Life for Death

Also at Fox, additional episode orders have been awarded to Standoff (for six more) and 'Til Death (for another nine).... ABC, meanwhile, has okayed production on a 10th installment of The Bachelor, perhaps to premiere as early as spring 2007. OK, why?UPDATE: Live from L.A., where he is shooting an episode of Scrubs, Mike just posted an Ausiello Report entry about the status of Veronica Mars. read more

Now that Arrested Development ...

Question: Now that Arrested Development is gone, does Fox have any promising new comedies set for its fall lineup? I read that they have a Brad Garrett show, but that doesn't really feel like the kind of cutting-edge comedy they have attempted for so many years now. Have they finally given up after canceling most of their best comedies too soon, or have the cutting-edge comedies gotten tired of being jerked around by Fox? Answer: It's true that this season Fox is going more mainstream in its comedy choices. Fox Entertainment chief Peter Liguori says the network did develop a few single-camera (read: cutting-edge) pilots that didn't work out. I think it's a mistake, though, to assume that just because a comedy is done the old-fashioned way (with multiple cameras on a soundstage before a studio audience) it's automatically not as worthy or as funny as a more stylized, filmed piece (à la Arrested Development, Scrubs or My Name Is Earl). Some terrific work can still be done in this format. ... read more

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Premiered: September 07, 2006, on FOX
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Marital blitz, played for laughs by two middle-aged wedded warriors.



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