Gary Unmarried

8:00pm Friday, August 27 on TV2

As Gary (Jay Mohr) and Allison’s (Paula Marshall) concerns over their son’s private life are peaked, they get their snooping hats on, in tonight’s Gary Unmarried.

When Gary and Allison discover Tom (Ryan Malgarini) has been continually late for school, despite leaving the house on time, they worry that he’s hanging out with the wrong crowd. Concerned, they take it upon themselves to probe into his personal life by following him around incognito – where is he going before class?

Elsewhere, Sasha flirts with professional surfer Laird Hamilton (who guest stars as himself).

8:00pm Friday, July 30 on TV2

Unsuccessful at Thanksgiving dinner, Gary (Jay Mohr) must turn to Allison (Paula Marshall), tonight on Gary Unmarried.

Gary decides to host Thanksgiving for Curtis (Keegan-Michael Key), Jack (Max Gail) and the kids, and invites Sasha (Brooke D’Orsay) to prove he is classy and not another blue collar worker.

But in a comedy of errors, Gary’s feast doesn’t turn out quite how he had hoped and he is forced to call on his ex-wife to salvage the celebration.

8:00pm Friday, June 11 on TV2

Award-winning comedy Gary Unmarried continues tonight with the premiere of its second season.

Paula Marshall, who plays divorcee Allison Brooks opposite comedian Jay Mohr as Gary Brooks, attributes the success of the show to the writers telling a realistic story.

“So many sitcoms in the past have been about these two people who really don’t get along,” Marshall explains to CBS.com, “and for some strange reason they don’t get divorced and they make up but they really hate each other.”

“In this show they got divorced, because it didn’t work, just like half the couples in America, and it’s about that process.”

Marshall is enthusiastic about working with the seasoned comedian saying comedy is innate to Mohr, “He can’t help it, he just loves being entertaining.”

Jaime King (Vanessa Flood) agrees: “It’s like a comedy sketch all day long. He really knows how to elevate material. If I don’t know how to hit a joke I can ask him, ‘how would you do this,’ so I’m constantly learning from him.”

In the premiere episode, Gary tries to set an example for his unambitious son, Tom (Ryan Malgarini), by pursuing his own dream of becoming a radio sportscaster.

When Tom is pleased with his low scores on a career aptitude test, Allison persuades Gary to set a better example. On a lark, Gary calls his old buddy, Curtis (Keegan-Michael Key), who works at a radio station, and is surprised when he’s offered a job – that is until the frazzled station manager, Sasha (Brooke D’Orsay), clarifies that he’s there to paint the building, not report the latest sports news.

Meanwhile, Gary’s brother, Mitch (Rob Riggle), escorts Louise (Kathryn Newton) to her dance class.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Gary Unmarried will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz/2-comedy.

American network CBS has gone on a spring cleaning rampage, culling seven shows for the upcoming season.

The network has cancelled several big-name shows which appear in primetime slots in New Zealand as it makes room for new projects for the upcoming American summer.

Headlining the list of cancellations is drama series Cold Case, which has faded in the ratings in recent seasons according to the network. The show has run for seven seasons in total.

Jennifer Love Hewitt vehicle Ghost Whisperer has also been axed despite the show performing relatively well overseas.

Despite rumours it may be saved by fellow network ABC, The New Adventure of Old Christine will also finish its run.

The other shows on the scrap heap are Numb3rs, Gary Unmarried, Miami Medical and Accidentally on Purpose.

But there was good news coming from CBS HQ as well with news that Rules of Engagement and Medium have been renewed by the network for another season.

Also, CBS has just announced a new series involving William Shatner which will centre on a real life Twitter page featuring the ramblings of a retired doctor.

Source: TV Squad

Olivia Wilde to leave House

House actress Olivia Wilde will be absent from the hit medical series for much of the next season due to commitments on a movie. Wilde, who plays the role of Dr. “Thirteen “ Hadley, is taking time out to shoot Iron Man director Jon Favreau’s next movie Cowboys and Aliens but will return to House in the future.

New villian for Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives has secured a new villain for the next season in Ugly Betty’s Vanessa Williams. The actress, best known for her role as Wilhelmina, will move to Wisteria Lane as of next season with producers looking to fill the gap left by departed housewife Nicollette Sheridan.

CBS cancels seven shows

American network CBS has gone on a rampage, cancelling seven shows from its line-up to make way for new ones. Among those to be culled are Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, The New Adventures of Old Christine (which may be saved by ABC), Gary Unmarried and Numb3rs. However the network has decided to renew Medium for another season.

James Franco returns to TV

James Franco will return to TV next month when he reprises his role as Franco on long-running American soap General Hospital. The actor appeared on the show late last year and has agreed to return for a stint in which his character, a murderous artist with an obsessive vendetta, returns to terrorise the people of Port Charles.

Law & Order not dead yet?

Recently axed drama series Law & Order may be revived with its creator desperately trying to bring the series back for a record-breaking 21st season. Dick Wolf has vowed to save the show which was cancelled by NBC last week to make way for a spin-off, Law & Order: Los Angeles. If successful, it would not be the first show to be brought back to life with the likes of Scrubs and Friday Night Lights resurrected after being canned by their respective networks.

Linda Hamilton joins Weeds

Actress Linda Hamilton, known for her role as Sarah Connor in James Cameron’s Terminator movies, is joining the cast of Weeds. Hamilton will appear on several episodes of the series, playing an eco-conscious marijuana grower who helps out Nancy.

Heroes sued by comic creator

Heroes is being sued by a comic creator over a storyline that the artist claims was copied from one of his books. Jason Barnes is claiming the show used a travelling carnival that was almost identical to that created by him as well as utilising very similar dialogue as in the scene. He is attempting to pull $60m in compensation from the show.

Steven Spielberg’s new series

Steven Spielberg’s next big-budget TV series has been given the green light in the US by Fox. Terra Nova, a dinosaur drama which focuses on a family 100 years in the future who travels 150 million years back in the past, will have the services of 24’s writers when it goes into production and it’s expected to comprise of stand-alone episodes.

8:00pm Friday, May 7 on TV2

Gary and Alison’s parenting skills continue to clash, as Gary Unmarried returns tonight with all new episodes.

Gary (Jay Mohr) is horrified when he discovers that Louise (Kathryn Newton) is adding to her already packed schedule with Chinese lessons. Feeling that his daughter is already too stretched with extracurricular activities, he pulls out his trump card, much to Allison’s (Paula Marshall) anger: an annual parental veto that allows one of them to override a decision by the other.

Gary later tries to get his son Tom (Ryan Malgarini) interested in golf, only to find that he’s hopeless – whereas Louise takes to the sport like a pro. Seeing dollar signs in the face of her sporting prowess, an excited Gary forgets about Louise’s busy schedule and signs her up for golf lessons. However, Allison has a veto of her own up her sleeve.

Mohr, who previously starred on TV2 drama Ghost Whisperer, is keen to point out that even though the two protagonists are separated, the show is still about normal family dynamics.

“Just because you’re divorced, doesn’t mean you’re not a family,” Mohr says, in an interview with CBS Online. “It’s still very much a family sitcom, it’s just that this family is divorced and trying to get to the next step of their lives.”

Mohr finds it easy to connect with the show’s eponymous character, having gone through similar experiences in his own personal life. “I relate to Gary because I was divorced, and we didn’t get along so well,” he says. “And I’m a little like Gary because I like to have fun with the kids – but I don’t serve my son food on a frisbee like Gary does.”

Going from supernatural drama series Ghost Whisperer to a weekly sitcom was quite a big culture shock to Mohr, but one that he relishes.

“Every job I didn’t get is worth it, just so I get to have this job for a while,” he enthuses. “It’s the best. I’m a comic, and I get to walk onto the stage, say something funny and then walk out the door. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.”

8:00pm Friday, September 18 on TV2

TV2’s brand new and award-winning comedy continues tonight, as Gary struggles to keep his old and new lives separate, in Gary Unmarried.

When Gary starts coaching his daughter’s basketball team, he notices that his ex-wife and new girlfriend are bonding at the sidelines. Allison detects his discomfort and challenges him on it. “I’m not afraid you talking to her,” Gary tells his ex-wife. “I’m afraid of you unhinging your jaw and swallowing her whole.”

When they start becoming good friends, Gary is afraid that Allison will taint Vanessa’s impression of him with stories he’d rather keep in the past. And more importantly, he wants to keep them from discussing his ‘junk’.

8:00pm Friday, August 21 on TV2

In tonight’s premiere of the award-winning US comedy, Gary Unmarried, Gary and Alison Brooks attempt to live happily ever after – after their divorce, that is.

The ex-couple, who take great pleasure in pointing out the numerous faults of the other, are trying to bring up two well-adjusted kids amongst the chaos: Tom, a socially inept teenager, is scared that he might have to ‘tap’ a girl, but isn’t quite sure what that might entail, and is far more interested in Second Life than real life anyway; and Louise, an environmentally aware 11-year-old, to whom Gary says, wearily, “It’s not that it’s creepy, it’s just that every inch of the wall in your bedroom is covered with pictures of either Al Gore or Mahatma Gandhi.”

Meanwhile, Gary (Jay Mohr) is finally embarking on his first new relationship since the split, with his gorgeous client Vanessa (Jaime King). However, the fact that he hasn’t come clean about his complicated home life looks set to come between them. On the other hand, Alison (Paula Marshall) is coping with the divorce wonderfully, and is getting hitched for a second time – to the couple’s old marriage counsellor.

Mohr cut his teeth on the long running US sketch show, Saturday Night Live, opposite Adam Sandler and Chris Farley, before coming to prominence in the hit romantic comedy Jerry Maguire, in which he played Tom Cruise’s unscrupulous rival.

But, as Mohr tells the Press News Group, it’s another TV2 show that made him a household name: Ghost Whisperer. However, fans of the supernatural drama are not too thrilled with the success of Gary Unmarried, because its means his continued absence from the show, where he played Professor Rick Payne, and starred alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt.

“I didn’t realize how popular Ghost Whisperer was until I left it and went to a mall,” Mohr says, “and then the gals come out of the woodwork and ask me if I’m going back.”

A return to comedy and the chance to star in a brand new sitcom proved too good an opportunity to miss, which is something he’s keen to impress on devotees of his former show. “I have to explain to them, this is a big promotion for me,” Mohr jokes. “I can’t be edited out because I’m Gary … there are very few missing Raymond scenes, because he’s ‘Raymond’ and ‘Everybody Loves’ him, so Gary is here to stay.”