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Stacked aired from April 2005 until January 2006 on FOX.

Brothers Gavin and Stuart ( Elon Gold, Brian Scolaro) owned and operated "The Stacks," a small Manhattan bookstore that catered to intellectuals and eccentrics. Stuffy Gavin , divorced and uptight about not having a current relationship, was too serious for his own good, while happy-go-lucky Stuart took delight in bursting his pretentious brother's bubble. Things were never the same after voluptuous Skyler ( Pamela Anderson) came into their lives. She wandered into their bookstore looking for a self-help book on relationships and Stuart was so overcome by her breasts, er beauty, that he offered her a job, which she took as a first step in her search for a more stable life. Gavin, who thought she was an appearance-obsessed bimbo, was aghast. Their only other employees, fat cynical Kat ( Marissa Jane Winocur), hated having to compete with such a bombshell. Much to everyone's surprise , Skyler proved to be reasonably competent and they all grew to like her. Harold ( Christopher Lloyd), a brillient but absentminded retired rocket scientist, spent most of his spare time reading at "The Stacks," and despensing advice of questionable value.

An Article from The New York Times

Why Johnny Can't Read


Published: April 10, 2005

THE atmosphere was zoolike at a recent Los Angeles taping of "Stacked," the Pamela Anderson sitcom scheduled to begin Wednesday on Fox, in a coveted slot right before "American Idol." "Ah-ooh!" came the hollers from the peanut gallery, as Ms. Anderson emerged from backstage, clad in a low-cut black cocktail dress, flanked by the rest of the cast. There followed a series of wolf whistles.

"Oh, my God," murmured a smitten man in the audience as Ms. Anderson, in character as a novice independent-bookstore employee, removed a diaphanous peach-colored garment from her purse. Then, losing his grip on the English language altogether: "Whoa!"

You merely have to utter the name "Pamela Anderson" for devoted middle-aged husbands to be rendered smirking, hormonally addled teenage boys. Yet their wives don't seem to mind, perhaps because Ms. Anderson, the flaxen-haired favorite of Playboy magazine and Howard Stern, passed long ago into the realm of the cartoonish, thanks to her remarkable cleavage (she has never been coy about her use of silicone implants); her stormy and very public love life (she married and divorced the Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and dated the rapper Kid Rock); and her superhuman celebrity endurance, a bionic gallop through long-running but lowbrow fare like the lifeguard drama "Baywatch" and the bodyguard drama "V.I.P."

As her persona has acquired a lacquered, synthetic patina, it has been easy to forget that Ms. Anderson got her start in television as Lisa, the "Tool Time Girl" on Tim Allen's wholesome sitcom "Home Improvement," and that she is the mother of two young boys, both with Mr. Lee. After "V.I.P.'s" run ended, Ms. Anderson took a break to care for her children. But, she said in a telephone interview, "I kind of got antsy." It took the promise of a sitcom's regular, soccer-mom-friendly hours to lure her back to television. "We sort of felt like she is someone who has this kind of wild past but is showing herself to be a good mom, which America would embrace," said Gary Newman, a president of 20th Century Fox Television, which is producing "Stacked."

But first audiences will have to buy Ms. Anderson as someone who could plausibly sell a John Dos Passos novel, or at least as the star of a family-friendly sitcom. "You might think it's silly - that she's going to be Chrissy from 'Three's Company,' " said Steven Levitan, the creator and executive producer of "Stacked" and a veteran producer of the NBC hits "Just Shoot Me" and "Frasier." "I'm hoping that people are very surprised that it's actually an intelligent show that deals with real issues, that is not just a chance for Pam Anderson to wear small outfits and grab ratings."

Ms. Anderson plays Skyler, an irresponsible but good-hearted gadabout with a history of failed relationships and a closetful of revealing frocks: "a sort of unfamous version" of Ms. Anderson, as Mr. Levitan put it. But at a moment when tabloid stars are choosing to play versions of themselves in unconventional reality-based shows (see Paris Hilton, Kirstie Alley and the sisters Simpson), "Stacked" is hewing closely to a classical sitcom format.

"I hate reality shows," said Ms. Anderson, who has, unsurprisingly, been offered many over the years. "I hope they're on the way out. I don't watch a lot of TV, and when I do, I don't want to see people you know. I want to escape and see funny things."

Mr. Levitan concurred, plotting the new project as a kind of "Cheers" in reverse. "I felt like doing a throwback," he said. "Instead of the smart intellectual coming to the everyman place, it's the everyman coming to the smart intellectual place." The show's bookstore - supplied exclusively with volumes from HarperCollins, which, like Fox, is owned by the News Corporation - is the place "where everyone knows your name," with a back office reminiscent of the one where Sam and Diane once tussled and eventually smooched on "Cheers." There is a wisecracking, blonde-hating barista named Katrina, played by Marissa Jaret Winokur of "Hairspray," in the mold of Rhea Perlman's bartender Carla on "Cheers" (by coincidence, Ms. Perlman's sister Heide is a writer on "Stacked"). There is a crotchety regular like Norm and Cliff from "Cheers," here condensed into the form of Christopher Lloyd, who plays Harold March, a somewhat senile rocket scientist sweetly befuddled by Sklyer's charms.

The bookstore is owned by the DeWitt brothers, schlumpy and wistful Stuart (Brian Scolaro), and slim and neurotic Gavin (Elon Gold). A stand-up comic with a sarcastic delivery and a receding hairline, Mr. Gold is an eleventh-hour replacement for Tom Everett Scott , a soulful-eyed, floppy-haired heartthrob type who was fired over Easter weekend, to the surprise of the rest of the cast. "We were all like O.K., this is devastating to us," Ms. Winokur said. "And then you go into that survival mode."

"It was a very difficult decision for everyone," Mr. Levitan said of Mr. Scott's firing. "But at the end of the day, Tom is a relaxed, easygoing, wonderful, nice guy, and that's everything Gavin isn't."

Mr. Levitan scoffed at the idea that this late cast change might spell trouble for "Stacked." He said it was normal to tinker with the ensemble of new sitcoms, and suggested that the show was under extra scrutiny because Fox had committed to six episodes before reading a completed script, bypassing a customary pilot-vetting period.

It's too soon to tell if a Sam-and-Diane-style romance is in the cards for the characters played by Ms. Anderson and Mr. Gold but it seems likely, if the show survives long enough. "I thought a lot about the Marilyn Monroe-Arthur Miller dynamic when I was writing this," Mr. Levitan said. "Here was this blond bombshell who surprised a lot of people by being with this New York intellectual and vice versa. That's always been a fascinating relationship to a lot of people."

Certainly it is smart of Ms. Anderson, who turns 38 this year, to embrace humor before she falls definitively over the precipice of female middle age. Mr. Levitan said: "I keep telling Pamela, 'You're so beautiful when you walk around Malibu, and when you come to rehearsal in sweats - let people see that side of you.' She just delivers sex appeal no matter what she does, so don't clobber the world over the head with it."

He seems to think his heroine has some kind of special, otherworldly powers.

"We really want to honor the tradition of good multicamera television comedy," he said. "People are concerned that it's a dying breed. Maybe, just maybe, somebody like Pam Anderson can save it."

An article from the Boston Globe

In season two, 'Stacked' ogles openly

By Matthew Gilbert, Globe Staff | November 9, 2005

There's never any question what ''Stacked" is really about. And we're not talking books, or a deck of cards, or the odds against winning a bet.

This Fox sitcom is a bright prime-time tribute to Pamela Anderson's bosom, plain and simple. It's the same bosom we've seen on countless glossy magazine covers and in one grainy sex tape costarring Tommy Lee, and it's the same bosom that has provided Howard Stern with hours of verbal adoration. ''Stacked," which returns for its second season tonight at 8:30 on Channel 25, is so openly monomaniacal about its star's mammaries, it's fairly awesome.

Next week, for example, Anderson and guest Jenny McCarthy spend a few long minutes tactilely assessing each other's breasts. There's nothing covert about the intention of the scene, as the blond bombshells stand center stage, titillatingly grabbing at each other with open admiration. It's a bold silicone-on-silicone extravaganza, with no pretenses to look like anything else.

When ''Stacked" premiered late last season, it was a slapdash affair. The script was a chaotic series of unrelated clunkers, and for a few weeks, it had the distinction of being the worst sitcom on TV. Of course, it went on to become a small hit for Fox, and it returns tonight as one of the network's ratings hopefuls since ''Arrested Development" and ''Kitchen Confidential" have failed to catch on. It has been given a little more direction and clarity of vision (directly onto Anderson's upper torso), although it's still fully awful.

OK, there is a putative plot. Anderson's Skyler is a recovering bimbo who works among the intellectuals of Stacked Books. She's trying to change from party girl into a woman of substance, but her three co-workers, including the two brothers who own the store, persist in viewing her as vacuous. They see her as a sex object, especially Stuart (Brian Scolaro), who is so smitten with her he continually makes a fool of himself.

After one embarrassing moment with Skyler, he says, ''How am I going to look her in the eye?" ''Shouldn't be a problem," brother Gavin (Elon Gold) snaps back. ''It's not where you usually look."

The oddest thing about ''Stacked" is Anderson herself, who doesn't quite know how to play comedy. When she delivers her punch lines, she accompanies them with nonsensical facial and body tics as if to signal that they're funny. While history has given us dumb blondes who seem a beat behind everyone, Anderson appears to be in a bit of a hurry, as if she isn't sure how to appear natural at the snappy sitcom pace. Watch her try to ''accidentally" fumble her blueberry muffin tonight; it doesn't even qualify as amateurish. But then her acting skills are beside the point on ''Stacked," where it's either the jiggle factor or bust.

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