1 9 9 6 – 1 9 9 7 (USA)
24 x 30 minute episodes
1 9 9 8 (USA)
13 x 30 minute episodes
It all started as just another parent-teacher conference when Carly Davis (Mel Harris) met her son’s teacher, Jack Farrell (Jere Burns). But their chemistry was undeniable and Carly and Jack fell in love.
With a reaffirmed belief in love and marriage, the twice-divorced Carly married the divorced Jack and they lived happily ever after . . . with just a little effort.
Carly is the mother of two children: 15-year-old Will (Billy L. Sullivan) from her first marriage to semi-employed musician Dante Pacino (Michael Milhoan), and 12-year-old Sarah (Emily Ann Lloyd) from her second marriage to intense businessman Sheldon Kramer (Barry Jenner).
Now on her third marriage, Carly has not only gained a husband but also a 16-year-old stepdaughter Nicole (Marnette Patterson), and Jack’s ex-wife, the neurotic actress Stephanie Farrell (Christine Dunford).
The jokes were generic and corny and laboured the multiple-marriages scenario and this NBC show was certainly not good enough to make it on its own. Fortunately, the network wedged it in-between Mad About You and Frasier on its “must-see Tuesdays” so it inherited an audience from two extremely strong comedies.
NBC cancelled the show in spring 1997 but fate intervened as reruns during the summer earned surprisingly good ratings, giving network execs second thoughts about the cancellation.
They tried to pull the disbanded cast and crew back together for another shot but their change of heart was too late – Star Jere Burns had already signed a new deal with ABC who negotiated with Universal to salvage the show and make 13 new episodes which began airing in March 1998 and ran until July.
Billy L. Sullivan
Emily Ann Lloyd
Carol Ann Susi