Pepper Dennis

Pepper Dennis is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on The WB from April 4 to July 4, 2006. It was quickly announced on May 17, 2006 that Pepper Dennis would not be one of the WB shows transferred to The CW. Pepper Dennis was the final show to premiere on The WB before its transition to The CW network.[1]

Pepper Dennis
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Created byGretchen J. Berg
Aaron Harberts
StarringRebecca Romijn
Brooke Burns
Rider Strong
Josh Hopkins
Lindsay Price
Opening theme"Pepper Dennis Theme" by Danny Lux
"Better Half" by Chris Trapper
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Aaron Harberts
Jason Katims
Gretchen J. Berg
Shawn Levy
J.J. Klein
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Two Presbyterians Productions
21 Laps Entertainment
20th Century Fox Television
Original networkThe WB
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseApril 4 (2006-04-04) –
July 4, 2006 (2006-07-04)

The song used in commercials for the show was "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" by KT Tunstall, and the opening theme song is "Better Half" by Chris Trapper, the former frontman for the Boston pop group The Push Stars. Another song that the WB used for advertising "Pepper Dennis" was Morningwood's "Nth Degree" which also appeared in another WB drama, One Tree Hill.


The series stars Rebecca Romijn as Pepper Dennis, a television reporter for an evening news broadcast at the fictional television station WEiE (specifically with a small i) in Chicago. The series also starred Rider Strong as Chick, Pepper's cameraman who has an unrequited crush on her, Brooke Burns as Pepper's sheltered and somewhat flaky sister Kathy Dinkle, Lindsay Price as Kimmy Kim, Pepper's closest friend and WEiE's makeup artist and Josh Hopkins as Charlie Babcock, the station's news anchor. One of the focal points of the show was the love-hate relationship between Pepper and Charlie.


Regular castEdit

Actor Role
Rebecca Romijn Pepper Dennis (Patty Dinkle)
Brooke Burns Kathy Dinkle Williams
Josh Hopkins Charlie Babcock
Lindsay Price Kimmy Kim
Rider Strong Chick Dirka

Recurring charactersEdit

Actor Role
Brett Cullen Jack Bell
Frederick Koehler Leslie "Les" Gaye
Alexandra Barreto Blanca Martinez
Jason Brooks Bryce Williams
Bob Gunton Dick Dinkle
Pamela Reed Lynn Dinkle
A.J. Trauth Mitch Dinkle
Pooch Hall Garfield
Larisa Oleynik Brianna
Henry Simmons Curtis Wilson
Bob Wiltfong Lance Powers

Other charactersEdit

Episode listEdit

Title Writer(s) Director Original airdate Code
1"Pilot"Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron HarbertsShawn LevyApril 4, 2006 (2006-04-04)1ALR79
Pepper Dennis had her sights set on becoming the anchor for Chicago’s top-rated evening news broadcast. Just as she thought that her dream was about to come true this hot new guy, Charlie Babcock, whom she had a one night stand with gets the job. Pepper's life is further complicated when her sister Kathy, who has split up with her husband, decides to move in.
2"Poker Clubs And Boob Cams"Aaron Harberts, Gretchen J. BergLev L. SpiroApril 11, 2006 (2006-04-11)1ALR01
Pepper goes undercover to expose a prostitution ring at a poker club and find a little more than she anticipated. During a sexual harassment seminar at work Pepper finds herself in a compromising position with Charlie, causing her to re-evaluate her feelings for him. Kathy agrees reconcile with her husband.
3"Frat Boys May Lose Their Manhood"Matt McGuinnessOz ScottApril 18, 2006 (2006-04-18)1ALR02
Pepper's breakdown on air during a live interview lands her in therapy where she is forced to confront her feelings for and issues with Charlie. Desperate to prove that she still has what it takes to get a story, Pepper ends up being a hostage at a fraternity hazing ritual gone wrong.
4"Heiress Bridenapped"Adele LimRobert BerlingerApril 25, 2006 (2006-04-25)1ALR03
During a wedding Pepper soon realizes the bride has been kidnapped.
5"Saving Venice"Jason KatimsAllison Liddi-BrownMay 2, 2006 (2006-05-02)1ALR04
6"Celebrity Twin Could Hang"Lisa ParsonsMichael SchultzMay 9, 2006 (2006-05-09)1ALR05
7"Curtis Wilson's A Total Nut Job"Liz HeldensRobert BerlingerMay 16, 2006 (2006-05-16)1ALR06
8"Hiroshi Watanabe in Bed with Curtis Wilson"Christopher FifeAllison Liddi-BrownMay 23, 2006 (2006-05-23)1ALR07
9"Charlie Babcock's Homosexual Encounter"Jason KatimsRobert BerlingerMay 30, 2006 (2006-05-30)1ALR08
10"Dennis, Bulgari, Big Losers at Acorns"Katherine LingenfelterDavid PaymerJune 6, 2006 (2006-06-06)1ALR09
11"Pepper Dennis Behind Bars"Katherine LingenfelterAllison Liddi-BrownJune 20, 2006 (2006-06-20)1ALR10
12"True Love is Dead"Adele Lim, Liz HeldensPeter LauerJune 27, 2006 (2006-06-27)1ALR11
13"Star Anchor Weds Colleague"Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron HarbertsArlene SanfordJuly 4, 2006 (2006-07-04)1ALR12
Babcock has unexpectedly proposed to Pepper, and they find themselves walking down the aisle together. Unfortunately for Pepper, she learns that Babcock's proposal isn't motivated out of love.


  1. ^ Fitzgerald, Toni (4 April 2006). "'Pepper Dennis,' one full hour too long". Media Life Magazine. Retrieved 28 February 2010.

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