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Miss Match is an American comedy-drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Darren Star and produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Darren Star Productions, and Imagine Television. It aired in the United States on NBC, Australia on Seven Network, Arena, and Fox8, and in the United Kingdom on Living, Channel 4, and is currently on E4. Seventeen episodes of the series were filmed, but only eleven aired in the United States. The entire series aired in both the UK and Canada.

Miss Match
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Genre
Created by
Starring
Theme music composer
Opening theme "Love Is Gonna Get You" by Macy Gray
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 17 (6 unaired)
Production
Running time 40–44 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 26 – December 15, 2003 (2003-12-15)

Starring Alicia Silverstone and Ryan O'Neal, the show garnered poor ratings, which could have been due to its inability to compete in the Friday 8 pm ET timeslot (a.k.a. "Friday night death slot"). It was based on the real-life story of Samantha Daniels.

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PremiseEdit

A Los Angeles matrimonial attorney, Kate Fox (Alicia Silverstone), doubles as a high-end matchmaker even though her own love life is far from perfect.

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

 
The cast of Miss Match
  • Alicia Silverstone as Kate Fox: A divorce lawyer by day who ends up becoming a match maker. Her own romantic life is complicated. Throughout the series she is involved with Michael and later his best friend, Adam. Kate often finds herself getting involved in the relationships she sets up for people. Various characters mention to her that she is addicted to love and lives through the lives of others.
  • Lake Bell as Victoria Carlson: Kate's best friend who is a bartender. She often oversees the dates Kate sets people up with. She tends to only have flings with men, like the one she starts with Nick. The only man we see her like as more than a hookup is Adam.
  • David Conrad as Michael Mendelson: Kate's on and off again boyfriend after she sets him up on several dates. His ex-girlfriend is Lauren who left him for his best friend Adam.
  • Jodi Long as Claire: A secretary at Fox & Associates.
  • James Roday as Nick Paine: Kate's co-worker who is a womanizer. He and Kate tolerate each other, at best. He later dates Victoria.
  • Ryan O'Neal as Jerry Fox: Kate's father who owned the law firm she works for. He was not a perfect father to Kate but they bonded over law. He is shown to still have feelings for Kate's mother but is not hung up on her. Later in the series he is linked with Serena.

RecurringEdit

  • Charisma Carpenter as Serena Lockner: An old classmate of Kate who comes back into her life. Kate helps her adopt a baby and give it back to the mother when she realizes she made a mistake. She later returns and starts a romance with Kate's father.
  • Dina Meyer as Lauren Logan: Michael's ex-girlfriend and Adam's ex-wife. After finding out that Michael and Kate are involved, she makes Kate break it off. After finding out Adam and Kate are involved, she sues Kate's law firm for malpractice.
  • Nathan Fillion as Adam Logan: Adam comes to town after Lauren hires Kate as her divorce lawyer. He and Michael end up repairing their friendship but he soon becomes involved with Kate and Victoria.

NBC had a cross promotion where Galen Gering and McKenzie Westmore, who starred on NBC's soap opera Passions, appeared in an episode of the series.

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by [1] Original air date [1] Prod.
code [1]
U.S. viewers
(millions) [citation needed]
1 "Pilot" Darren Star September 26, 2003 (2003-09-26) 1AHE79 7.7
2 "Who's Your Daddy?" Steven Miner October 3, 2003 (2003-10-03) 1AHE01 5.9
3 "Something Nervy" Allison Liddi-Brown October 10, 2003 (2003-10-10) 1AHE02 6.0
4 "Kate in Ex-Tasy" Randy Zisk October 17, 2003 (2003-10-17) 1AHE03 6.5
5 "The Price of Love" TBA Unaired 1AHE04 TBD
6 "I Got You, Babe" Tom Moore October 24, 2003 (2003-10-24) 1AHE05 6.7
7 "Addicted to Love" Michael Lange November 7, 2003 (2003-11-07) 1AHE06 5.9
8 "Jive Turkey" Dennis Erdman November 14, 2003 (2003-11-14) 1AHE08 5.7
9 "The Love Bandit" Arvin Brown November 21, 2003 (2003-11-21) 1AHE07 5.7
10 "Bad Judgement" Tim Busfield December 5, 2003 (2003-12-05) 1AHE09 6.8
11 "Santa, Baby" Arlene Sanford December 12, 2003 (2003-12-12) 1AHE10 5.9
12 "Who's Sari Now?" Jamie Babbitt December 19, 2003 (2003-12-19) 1AHE11 6.1
13 "Miss Communication" TBA Unaired 1AHE12 TBD
14 "Divorce Happens" TBA Unaired 1AHE13 TBD
15 "Forgive and Forget" TBA Unaired 1AHE14 TBD
16 "Most Hopeless Romantics" TBA Unaired 1AHE15 TBD
17 "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" TBA Unaired 1AHE16 TBD

ProductionEdit

The series was executive produced by Darren Star, who also directed the pilot, and Jeff Rake,[2] who wrote the pilot, as well as David Nevins and Brian Grazer.[3] After Alicia Silverstone, the first actors cast in Miss Match were David Conrad, Lake Bell and James Roday in February 2003.[4] This was followed by the casting of Ryan O'Neill, as the divorce attorney father of Silverstone's character, and Jodi Long, in early March 2003.[3]

NBC ordered Miss Match (then titled Miss/Match) to series in May 2003.[5] In December 2003 NBC added four episodes to the order for Miss Match, bringing the total number of produced episodes to 17.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Public Catalog – Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) – Basic Search [search: "Miss Match"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ Feiwell, Jill (July 21, 2003). "From 'Sex' to single in the city: L.A. Meets its 'Match'". Variety. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Josef Adalian (March 9, 2003). "O'Neal, Star 'Match' wits in Peacock pilot". Variety. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ Melissa Grego (February 17, 2003). "'Century City' casts up". Variety. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ Gary Susman (May 12, 2003). "NBC announces starry fall schedule". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  6. ^ Adalian, Josef (December 14, 2003). "NBC adds to 'Match' order". Variety. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 

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