The Geena Davis Show
The Geena Davis Show is an American sitcom television series created by Terri Minsky starring Geena Davis. The show aired for one season on ABC from October 10, 2000 to July 20, 2001, during the 2000–01 U.S. television season.
|The Geena Davis Show|
|Created by||Terri Minsky|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22 (1 unaired)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
|Original release||October 10, 2000 –|
July 10, 2001
Sexy and sophisticated Manhattan party-planner Teddie Cochran starts dating writer Max Ryan. The two hit it off, and Teddie soon moves into Max's suburban home along with his two children, six-year-old Eliza and 13-year-old Carter. Motherless for some time (Max is a widower), the two are not exactly welcoming of Teddie. Along with her two girlfriends Hilary and Judy, Teddie must use her unique blend of wits and sarcasm to get through her new lifestyle.
- Geena Davis – Teddie Cochran
- Peter Horton – Max Ryan
- Mimi Rogers – Hillary
- Kim Coles – Judy
- John Francis Daley – Carter Ryan
- Makenzie Vega – Eliza Ryan
- Esther Scott – Gladys
- Harland Williams – Alan
Production and developmentEdit
Terri Minsky first pitched the idea of a Sex and the City-like character becoming a suburban housewife to ABC in early 2000. After some debating, ABC decided to make the show less like Sex and the City and more tailored to its star, Geena Davis. The show was filmed in Los Angeles and premiered on ABC on Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at 9.30pm. The show lasted less than a season before being replaced by the Joan Cusack sitcom What About Joan?.
Davis appeared on the cover of TV Guide's 2000 Fall Preview issue, along with three other actors starring in new sitcoms: Bette Midler, Michael Richards and John Goodman. Despite the magazine declaring them a "fab foursome", all four series bombed, with Davis' show actually airing the most episodes (20), compared to Bette (16), The Michael Richards Show (eight) and Goodman's Normal, Ohio (seven).
|No.||Title ||Written by||Original air date ||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Terri Minsky||October 10, 2000||529N||17.3|
|Following a whirlwind romance, Teddie and Max get engaged, but she has difficulties ingratiating herself to his kids.|
|2||"What I Like About You"||David Flebotte||October 17, 2000||L516||13.1|
|Teddie has to choose between taking a meeting with Hillary Clinton or attending Carter's school art fair.|
|3||"Piece of Cake"||Tracy Gamble||October 24, 2000||L512||7.8|
|Teddie attempts to juggle her career, friendships, and her newfound motherly duties, but she winds up with an annoyed client, a disgruntled bestie, and an unintentionally erotic cake.|
|4||"Jealousy"||Dawn Dekeyser||October 31, 2000||L513||10.3|
|While enjoying a night out with Max and her girlfriends, Teddie runs into her ex (Maurice Godin). She's appalled that Max isn't jealous, and she herself becomes overwrought with jealousy when she learns that he had a fling with a woman who sometimes babysits the kids.|
|5||"Motherly Advice"||Bill Daly||November 14, 2000||L517||10.7|
|Teddie gives Carter some advice about girls which horrendously backfires and finds him accused of sexual harassment.|
|6||"There's Something About Max"||Dawn Dekeyser||November 21, 2000||L519||10.7|
|Teddie and Max spontaneously decide to take a dance class, which leads to a quarrel due to Max's lack of dance skills.|
|7||"Cooties"||Terri Minsky||November 28, 2000||L518||11.2|
|When Teddie throws an extravagant birthday party for Eliza, she's targeted for scrutiny by a pack of mean moms.|
|8||"The Long Kiss Goodbye"||Jill Condon & Amy Toomin||December 5, 2000||L514||10.7|
|Teddie freaks out after Max's college roommate gives her an uncomfortable goodbye kiss. Meanwhile, Hillary and Judy feel uneasy about Teddie's decision to make Doris one of her bridesmaids.|
|9||"By Teddie Cochran"||Tracy Gamble||December 12, 2000||L520||10.8|
|Max hopes to land a job at a prestigious magazine, but Teddie's the one who's asked to author an article.|
|10||"How the Mom Stole Christmas"||Jonathan Goldstein||December 19, 2000||L521||12.9|
|Teddie's Christmas plans are shattered when she discovers Max has invited her mother (Cynthia Harris) for the holidays.|
|11||"Momma Bear"||Bill Daly||January 9, 2001||L523||10.4|
|Teddie becomes protective of Carter when he brings home a disrespectful older girl.|
|12||"Car Wash"||Jim Vallely & Terri Minsky||January 16, 2001||L522||9.5|
|When Eliza loses the role that she wants in the school play, Teddie promises her a role in a TV commercial.|
|13||"Max Hates Hillary"||Jim Vallely & Judy Toll||January 23, 2001||L515||9.7|
|Teddie tries to trick Max and Hillary into liking one another.|
|14||"There's a New Bride in Town"||Jill Condon & Amy Toomin||January 30, 2001||L525||8.8|
|Teddie feels threatened when Judy has her own whirlwind romance.|
|15||"Photo Finish"||Terri Minsky & Jim Vallely||February 6, 2001||L526||9.6|
|Teddie's racy photos for Esquire Magazine are the talk of the town when Max's repressed parents (Anne Haney & Paul Dooley) arrive for a surprise visit.|
|16||"Sex, Lies, and Videotape"||Jonathan Goldstein||February 13, 2001||L524||10.0|
|After Carter is punished for getting drunk and breaking curfew, he discovers college home movies of his father stoned.|
|17||"Hot Potato"||Mark Driscoll||February 20, 2001||L528||9.6|
|Carter gets a job at Korndog King and gives away food to the popular kids; Teddie adopts a psychotic cat.|
|18||"The Prime Directive"||Marc Abrams & Michael Benson||March 6, 2001||L529||8.7|
|Teddie takes Carter to a party where her famous friends inflate his ego.|
|19||"Spontaneous Combustion"||John Levenstein||March 13, 2001||L511||9.2|
|Teddie decides to sublet her apartment, but she has second thoughts after realizing she and Max can use the pad to have uninhibited sex.|
|20||"Girls' Night Out"||Tracy Gamble||July 3, 2001||L527||6.0|
|Teddie's bachelorette party takes an unexpected turn when she's reunited with her former best friend (Katey Sagal).|
|21||"White Moms Can't Jump"||Bill Daly||July 10, 2001||L530||6.5|
|Teddie embarrasses Carter during a basketball game.|
|22||"The Wedding"||Terri Minsky & Jim Vallely||Unaired||L531||TBD|
|To appease Eliza, Teddie decides to forget her dream wedding and run down to city hall to marry Max, but a variety of complications ensue.|
The Geena Davis Show was screened in the United Kingdom on the now defunct channel ABC1, from the channel's beginning in 2004 until its closure in 2007. The entire series, including the episode unaired in the United States, was broadcast on the channel.
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- TV Listings for October 10, 2000
- TV Listings for October 17, 2000
- TV Listings for October 24, 2000
- TV Listings for October 31, 2000
- TV Listings for November 14, 2000
- TV Listings for November 21, 2000
- TV Listings for November 28, 2000
- TV Listings for December 5, 2000
- TV Listings for December 12, 2000
- TV Listings for December 19, 2000. Note: Almost certainly a typo in the source, which has the total viewers as "2.9" million, when it is almost certainly "12.9" million.
- TV Listings for January 9, 2001
- TV Listings for January 16, 2001
- TV Listings for January 23, 2001
- TV Listings for January 30, 2001
- TV Listings for February 6, 2001
- TV Listings for February 13, 2001
- TV Listings for February 20, 2001
- TV Listings for March 6, 2001
- TV Listings for March 13, 2001
- TV Listings for March 13, 2001
- TV Listings for March 13, 2001
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