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Series premiere: Accidentally on Purpose with Jenna Elfman

In television on 09/21/2009 at 10:47 am

Trailer? No luck so far. Worrisome? But here’s this interview with star Jenna Elfman.

Series name
Accidentally on Purpose

Debuts
Monday, Sept. 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS and City

Regularly airs
Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS and City

Premise
Thirty-something film critic dumps her boss boyfriend and gets pregnant after a fling with a  much younger one night stand, decides to keep the baby. And the younger man, platonically.

Primary cast and crew
Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg) is Billie, the film critic.
Jon Foster (Windfall, Life as We Know It) is Zack, slacker baby daddy who hopes to become a real chef.
Grant Show (Private Practice, Swingtown) is James, newspaper boss with commitment issues.
Claudia Lonow (Cashmere Mafia) and Gene Stein (Less Than Perfect, The Geena Davis Show) are exec producers.

Buzz buzz
Jenna Elfman is pregnant in her show and in real life!

But what do I know anyway? After NOT having seen the pilot I predict…
I found Dharma and Greg kinda cute. Expect the same appeal here, with the added bonus of Grant Show. Since I haven’t seen it, that’s about all I can muster right now, but if YouTube has no trailers or promos, that can’t be a good sign.

Other reviews
ign.com, the media site f or gamers, says this series is not for its demographic of young males. Or for older males. Or any one but older women dreaming of being cougars. Well then!

In his piece about CBS shows Accidentally on Purpose and The Good Wife, written during the L.A. preview of both shows, the Globe and Mail’s John Doyle called AOP “so-so”.

Lots of critics are cranking about Accidentally on Purpose, but zap2it’s Brill Bundy says give it a chance. It, Bundy says,  is suffering from the same critic group think that pegged Big Bang Theory for early death when it premiered in fall 2007. And look at it now: Jim Parsons is widely recognized as a very strong performer and the show has momentum to spare.

Official website
Basic, with lots of videos Canadian IPs can’t view. Phooey.

Twitter (show) and for Elfman
Show twitter account is very thin (eight tweets, feh!). Elfman’s own tweets (note it’s not yet verified by Twitter, but is retweeted on the show site) are mostly promotional, with the occasional “I’m awake (at) 5a with pregnancy insomnia, reading from you on my Twitter that I am not running my own page. Is it settled now?”

Facebook
Am I right to be suspicious that most of the updates on the Fbook page are by the show itself, although there are also fan updates (of course, they love it and love that Elfman is really pregnant and love that Foster has a new show, etc.)

Can’t wait for the next new-series preview?
Sept. 22 premieres NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife, The Forgotten. Soon.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of fall 2009 premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay

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