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Freddie

TITLE: FREDDIE - ABC 2005


Info:

Premiere Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 (Warner Bros. Television)
Network: ABC
Time: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.
Cast: Starring Freddie Prinze, Jr, Jacqueline Obradors, Brian Austin Green, Mädchen Amick, Jenny Gago and Chloe Suazo.


Introduction:

Movie star Freddie Prinze, Jr. is coming to television for the first time! Following in his late father’s footsteps, he will star in his own sitcom. It comes from the creators of George Lopez and The Drew Carey Show. Freddie is now a chef living in his own bachelor pad in Chicago after living all of his life with women family members. But now that will all change once something happens. Well, two things—the death of his older brother and the divorce of his sister.

“Freddie” is inspired by Freddie Prinze Jr.’s real life, growing up in a house filled with women (his mother and Puerto Rican grandmother). His life-long friend, Conrad Jackson, co-created this series with Prinze, along with executive producers Bruce Helford and Bruce Rasmussen. The friendship between Freddie and Chris in the show is loosely based on their lives. Prinze stars in the new sitcom, which he has co-created and will write, and for which he will also assume a role as the youngest executive producer in ABC’s history.


Cast Details:

“Freddie” stars Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Freddie Moreno, Jacqueline Obradors as Sofia, Brian Austin Green as Chris, Mädchen Amick as Allison, Jenny Gago as Grandma and Chloe Suazo as Zoey. Mircea Monroe guest stars as Freddie’s date. Freddie Moreno (Prinze) had finally escaped from the raucous house of women with whom he grew up. Having achieved some success as head chef at a trendy Chicago restaurant, he’s ready for love and everything else that single life has to offer, including hanging out with his best friend and neighbor, Chris (Brian Green, “Beverly Hills 90210”). Unfortunately, there’s one slight hitch: After the death of his older brother and the collapse of his sister’s (Jacqueline Obradors, “NYPD Blue”) marriage, goodhearted Freddie took in his impulsive sister-in-law (Mädchen Amick), his pragmatic sister with her 13-year-old daughter (Chloe Suazo, “The Comeback”) and their irascible grandma (Jenny Gago, “Coach Carter”), who refuses to speak English and only responds in Spanish -- even though she understands every word. But while the members of this unconventional brood may test Freddie’s patience endlessly, they also support and take care of one another, just as they always have. Now all Freddie has to do is figure out how to maintain his thriving bachelor lifestyle in a house overflowing with estrogen.


Plot:

The start of this show was delayed. It was originally set to premiere on October 5th, but was pushed back because of a repeat of the "Lost" season premiere which moved back George Lopez's premiere. The "Pilot" episode is actually airing as the second episode of the series. The episode which was originally scheduled as the second episode is now airing as the premiere.

Rich Man, Poor Girl (airing 10/12/05) - Freddie and Chris go to the laundromat to meet girls after a series of unsuccessful dates. At the laundromat, Freddie meets Gina, who wenmt to Roosevelet High with him, and Chris meets Krystal who wears a "Psycho Chick" t-shirt. Freddie takes Gina to meet his family after their date. Guest stars in this episode include: Retta as Joan, Marisa Petroro as Trish, Ana Ortiz as Gina, April Bowlby as Sydney, and Charles Fleischer as Adam.

Pilot (airing 10/19/05) - The pilot centers on the ladies of the family moving in to Freddie’s apartment. Freddie has a date and brings her in and bang the family is there waiting for him--poor Freddie. Everything else that happens I mentioned above in the cast section. Nothing else really much happens.


Analysis:

Todd on both episodes: This show seems like a work in progress. Freddie Prinze, Jr. is a talented actor, but I wonder if he is taking on too much work by writing for the show also and if he will be able to keep up with the schedule of shooting a sitcom. I'm not sure why they switched the order of the episodes around. I would say the episodes were about the same and neither of them particularly stood out, but the episode they are airing first was a bit funnier. The grandma speaking in Spanish is funny in small doses. Freddie Prinze, Jr. got his start on a sitcom: Family Matters. It may take him some time to totally gain his comedy footing like his father.

Pavan on the Pilot: I didn’t find many laughs in this. It has potential, but the pilot was weak. I liked the grandma speaking Spanish (don’t worry subtitles are given), she does speak English but responds in Spanish. The 13 year old niece and Freddie have an interesting talk, but it is nothing groundbreaking in sitcoms now. I think Freddie’s best friend likes his sister.


Conclusion:

Pavan: I thought the pilot was sort of weak. Hopefully the show builds on this because it wasn’t all that great to me. I hope what I saw is not the final cut. It is no where near as funny as George Lopez, which will be its lead in. George and Freddie could be key to ABC since the 8 p.m. hour is wide open. I doubt The Apprentice: Martha Stewart version will make a big dent to the hour. The Latino audience for this night should be huge. George, Freddie and then they can catch Jorge Garcia on Lost. I’m confident this show will become better as it goes along. If not, goodbye Freddie! Even George’s viewers won’t tune in if the show doesn’t get better. My suggestion is to tune in for the first few episodes, as one episode does not mean much. The pilot is not all that great, but hopefully the rest of the series will be. I’ve seen five ABC sitcom pilots (Freddie, Hot Properties, Crumbs, Emily’s Reasons Why Not and Sons & Daughters) and this one was my fourth favorite, only behind Sons & Daughters (and I don’t like that type of sitcoms). Look for our reviews of Crumbs, Emily’s Reasons… and Sons & Daughters closer to airdate this mid-season 2006. ‘Crumbs’ is a hoot! Back to Freddie, give it a chance by watching a few episodes.

Todd: The cast of this show is good and seems to have good chemistry, but I really think they need to improve on the writing. It needs to be faster paced and have more, funnier jokes. I'm sure it will be able to retain a lot of George Lopez's audience atleast at the start, but the show still needs some fine tuning if it wants to stay around for a full season. Freddie Prinze, Jr. has a big cult following, but this show will need to bring in more people who have never heard of him as regular viewers. He has a lot of the charisma and comedic timing that his father had.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 3.5/5
Funniness: 3.5/5
Overall: 3/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 09/11/2005 and Todd Fuller on 10/10/2005.

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