Samantha Who?

Friday 30 January, 9.25pm

Christina Applegate returns in Samantha Who? on TV2 this week. First up is the final episode of the first season to refresh viewers’ memories at 9.25pm before the new series follows at 10pm.

This week, Sam thinks that Todd’s Girlfriend, Chloe (Kiele Sanchez, Lost), is lying about her sick aunt in order to prevent Todd from breaking up with her.

Samantha also teams up with her mother for a dance competition in order to beat Regina’s nemesis, Paula Drake. The only problem is that ‘old’ Sam could dance, whereas ‘new’ Sam is gliding on two left feet.

Meanwhile, Samantha wants to start enjoying her new, independent life alone in her apartment, but Todd is having trouble finding an apartment of his own.

Friday 18 July, 8pm

Playing the multidimensional Sam on TV2’s comedy series Samantha Who? was an opportunity to good to miss for acclaimed actor Christina Applegate.

After a starring role in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity, Applegate says she wasn’t sure what to do, and starting considering television again. “I was trying to figure out where my place was again in the pecking order,” she remembers. ” When you leave [Hollywood], you get knocked out of place. I got back from New York and thought, ‘Now, what am I gonna do?'”
After reading a number of scripts, Applegate, who had 11 years acting on the sitcom Married With Children, came across Samantha Who? and decided to get serious about comedy again. “Comedy means not being afraid to look ugly or silly. You have to have total abandon to do comedy,” explains Applegate. The character Sam just felt like it was made for her to play, she says.

After waking up from a coma with retrograde amnesia, only to discover she was a superficial, vain, selfish, unfaithful, party girl, Samantha is determined to set things right. But the more she digs through clues of her past, the more she discovers she had far more enemies than friends – and her ‘accident’ was actually an attempted murder.

Starting her life fresh, Samantha fears the ‘old Sam’ will return, or her would-be killer will try again, so she tries to remake herself through good, positive choices – even though the bad ones are so much easier (and way more fun).

Applegate says the two sides of manipulative pre-accident, and kind post-accident Sam makes the character a lot of fun. “I get off on playing bad Sam. She has her eye on what she wants and doesn’t care who she hurts in the process. The second that bad Sam wig comes on, I feel very relaxed.”

Tonight on Samantha Who?, Sam is stunned when Winston Funk (Timothy Olyphant, Go), the wealthy co-owner of a real estate firm, asks her to marry him – especially since Sam knows that Andrea is completely smitten by him and is worried that this could ruin their friendship.

Friday 9 May, 8.00pm

Samantha Who? is the hilarious, new smash hit comedy on TV2. It is about a woman that wakes up from a coma with retrograde amnesia, only to discover she was a superficial, unfaithful party girl. What would you do if you had the chance to start over? For Samantha Newly (played by Christina Applegate), this fantasy becomes a reality and she is determined to set things right.

As Samantha Newly digs through clues of her old life, she discovers that she was in fact a horrible person. Vain, selfish, and lacking conscience or heart, she had far more enemies than friends.
So, when Samantha learns that her ‘accident’ was actually an attempted murder, she is not surprised. As she begins the long, comic process of starting over, Samantha fears that the ‘old Sam’ will return, or her would-be killer will try again, so she tries to remake herself through good, positive choices – even though the bad ones are so much easier (and way more fun).

Applegate, who is also one of the producers, says that she has finally found a show that stretches her comedic abilities.

“I feel like I’ve landed in something that’s really special and I get to play a character that was really made for me to do,” explains Applegate.

“What I liked about the role is that we all want to right the wrongs that we’ve done in our lives. But it’s hard to start over,” says Applegate.

Applegate is no stranger to the industry as she has been acting since the day she could walk. She laughs as she explains, “My mother, Nancy Priddy, carried me into my first scene as a newborn on Days Of Our Lives!”

After numerous commercials and guest star roles on shows such as Family Ties, she got the role of Kelly Bundy on Married With Children. Eleven seasons later, in quite a different role, she appeared as the mother on Jesse. She also won an Emmy for the guest role as Rachel’s self-absorbed sister on Friends.

In the first episode we join Samantha waking in the hospital surrounded by family and friends. The only problem is that she has no idea who they are – or who she is. Whilst her retrograde amnesia allows her to fully function in the world, it leaves her with no personal memories. Most people would deem this disorder a curse. But Sam starts to think this is actually a miracle when she discovers what a horrible person she was before the accident.

As she sets out to rediscover herself, Sam is forced to rely on an eclectic bunch of friends and family. Regina (Jean Smart, 24, Designing Women) and Howard (Kevin Dunn, Transformers, Dave) appear to be loving parents — when they’re not downplaying the fact that Sam hasn’t spoken to them in two years. Her supposed best friend, Dena (Melissa McCarthy, Gilmore Girls), is sincerely supportive, until her real best friend, party girl Andrea (Jennifer Esposito, Crash, Spin City), exposes the fact that Dena hasn’t seen or spoken to Sam since the seventh grade. Making things even more awkward, Sam has no recollection of her live-in boyfriend, Todd (Barry Watson, What About Brian).

She vows to make better choices, even though her instincts may not always steer her in the right direction. She begins with Frank (Tim Russ, Live Free or Die Hard, Star Trek: Voyager), the doorman at her apartment building. Sam never gave him the time of day before, but upon actually saying hello to him, she discovers an incredibly observant and unlikely confidant.

Sam will need to continue to piece together things from her past to guide her in discovering who she is… or was. After all, sometimes to get to the end of the story, the only place to start is the beginning.

Samantha Who?, Friday 9 May at 8pm on TV2.

Keep your eye out for this one, starring Christina Applegate who wakes up after 8 days in a coma with amnesia…to discover that she was a complete bitch!

Following her as she tries to figure out her new life, can she hold back the inner bitch?

It has no laugh track (much better than Jesse!) and I LOL’ed many a time.