Friday, September 30, 2005

Just Shoot Me, Really...

They play this show on weekends in my area. Just being around for this lets me know my weekend's gone mighty wrong. The premise is simple. A feminist and bright writer Nina Gallo, played by Laura San Giacomo, takes her father’s offer and works with him at a magazine and gets a chance to reconnect. Despite the promise indicated by the cast, writers and producers, Just Shoot Me never really rose above a B- program.

That fact is a bit puzzling. The co-stars of the series were David Spade, Wendie Malick, Enrico Colantoni and George Segal. Unlike many of the like-minded series of the type, "Just Shoot Me’s" biggest oddity was the fact that the co-workers didn’t seem to really like one another. Certainly there was sentimentality on some given episodes, but the clear off-screen chemistry belied what was unfortunately on the page. Plus, "Blush" didn’t seem like a real magazine, the office, a real work place and Segal in particular seemed to be faxing it in. Those garish vests he sported on this didn't help either.

Those Last Episodes: During the later seasons the show tempted fate by employing Rena Sofer, a well known series killer of the highest order. Also there was this big doltish guy, and a burnt-out English rock star in the cast. NBC seemed to lose faith in this, especially when they moved it to Ferdsday's at 112 o'clock.

A Non-Speller's Secret Shame: I had a ton of fun with this one. Want to see a jerk in action? I originally spelled Giacomo, "Giancomo." Not enough? You know, I've always been a fan of Wendy Malick. Good lord...
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