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Odd Man Out aired from September 1999 until January 2000 on ABC.
Andrew Whitney ( Eric von Detten) was living what should have been a horny teenager's dream-growing up in a house full of beautiful women. Unfortunately the women were his mother, his aunt and his three sisters, all of whom were constantly snooping on his affairs and giving him advice. His glamorous mom Julia ( Markie Post), a widow, was a busy Miami caterer; Aunt Jordan ( Jessica Capshaw) was a booker at a modeling agency ( more beautiful women!). His sisters were self-absorbed aspiring model Paige ( Natalia Cigliuti), counterculture Val ( Agnes Bruckner) and prying little Elizabeth ( Marina Malota). The only male around to give tall, gawky Andrew some moral support was his fast-talking best bud Keith ( Trevor Fehrman), whose own false sense of being cool collapsed whenever he was confronted with a real woman. There were lots of sex jokes and plenty of cleavage, even from the teens, but the show was short-lived.
A Review from variety
September 20, 1999 12:00AM PT
Odd Man Out
By Ray Richmond
Actually, Post won’t need to do it all by herself. In fact, she is scarcely even the focal point of “Odd Man Out.” That would be teenager Erik von Detten. He portrays Andrew, a hormonally charged 15-year-old (read: redundant) who goes through life in a state of perpetual befuddlement over the opposite sex.
This is complicated by the fact that Andrew is a virtual droplet of testosterone struggling to cohabitate in an estrogen sea: his widower mom (Post) , an aunt (Jessica Capshaw) and three nubile teensomething sisters (Natalia Cigliuti, Vicki Davis and Marina Malota). They all live under the same Miami, Fla., roof. The only male on Andrew’s team is his best pal Keith (Trevor Fehrman), who busies himself leering incessantly and cursing Andy’s good fortune at being surrounded by so much blossoming femininity.
The joke — in fact, the only real joke in Jillian Tohber’s dim-witted pilot teleplay — is that Andrew is both obsessed with, and terrorized by, women. The females in his midst all meddle in his babe-chasing business, eavesdropping and making unsolicited bitchy comments. Unfortunately, being horny and 15 isn’t all that funny, even to those long past that particular stage of life.
Despite the series being called “Odd Man Out,” the focus will reportedly switch often to Post’s mother character as she re-enters the dating market and to Capshaw’s aunt alter ego, since she happens to run a modeling agency. That leaves all sorts of opportunities for exec producers Strauss and Decter to fix their sights on curvy cuties, a curious target for the same kiddies who just watched “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.”
Gil Junger’s direction is adequate, as are tech credits.
Odd Man Out
(SITCOM; ABC, FRI. SEPT. 24, 9:30 P.M.)
Production: Filmed in Burbank by Frontier Pictures in association with Warner Bros. TV. Executive producers, John J. Strauss, Ed Decter; co-executive producers, Matt Ember, Tom J. Astle; co-producer, Michael Feldman; producer, Craig Wyrick-Solari; director, Gil Junger; writer, Jillian Tohber.
Crew: Camera, Richard Brown; art director, Michael Hynes; editor, Steve Rasch; music, Ben Decter; sound, Christopher Banniger; casting, Barbara Miller, Geraldine Leder. 30 MIN.
With: Julia.....Markie Post Andrew.....Eric von Detten Jordan.....Jessica Capshaw Paige.....Natalia Cigliuti Keith.....Trevor Fehrman Val.....Vicki Davis Elizabeth.....Marina Malota Kendall.....Lindsey McKeon Lauren.....Marisol Nichols So when did T.G.I.F. suddenly begin to stand for The Greatest In Fornication? One of broadcast primetime's last vestiges of family values --- the Friday lineup on ABC between 8 and 10 p.m. --- takes a journey below the belt with this lame comedy, praying that kids will react more enthusiastically to sexual innuendo than they did to the Olsen twins. To render T.G.I.F. racier, ABC has turned to the guys who cowrote "There's Something About Mary," John J. Strauss and Ed Decter, and gambled that Markie Post can stand as a favorable alternative to Cameron Diaz. Good luck.
A Review from The New York Times
NEW TV SEASON IN REVIEW; Coping With Puppy Love And Five Women in the House
By RON WERTHEIMER
Published: September 23, 1999
Poor Andrew. He's the only guy in the house. The concept of an outnumbered father among the harpies wasn't a bit funny on CBS on Monday. Now the concept of outnumbered son among the harpies proves just as bleak. The best that can be said for this sitcom, part of ABC's family-friendly Friday lineup, is that while it revels in the most oafish stereotypes of both male and female behavior, it does so without resorting to bedroom jokes, bathroom jokes or once-banned language.
Benighted Andrew (Erik von Detten), a high school student, lives in Florida with what he calls an ''estrogen cult'': his earnest mother (Markie Post), three unappealing sisters and Mom's ditzy sister (Jessica Capshaw). This being a sitcom, Andrew has a loyal but clueless best pal (Trevor Fehrman) who can help him get into trouble but not out. Ms. Post and Mr. Fehrman turn in standard-issue, upbeat sitcom performances. The rest of the cast isn't quite up to the level of the generic.
Tomorrow night's tale of puppy love's labors lost finds Andrew caught between two girls, the one he likes and the one who likes him. Andrew, being a loser, loses. This prompts delight among mother, aunt and sisters. He tells them: ''I know what you're thinking. That's just because you're all women. If Dad were alive, there'd be a man who thinks I'm an idiot, too.'' A half-hour in this household is enough to convince you that Dad must be in a better place. RON WERTHEIMER
An Article from TV Guide
September 18, 1999
"Jess for Laughs" by Mary Murphy
No Crowns Please, for Odd Man Out 's Jessica Capshaw, the Daughter of Hollywood Royalty Who is Anything But a Princess
By all rights, Jessica Capshaw could be a real Hollywood brat. She's beautiful, 22 years old, has a good job on a new network comedy and enjoys the kind of industry connections that would set other actresses her age weeping with envy. Dinner with Steven Spielberg? Just say when.
But the daughter of actress Kate Capshaw (and stepdaughter of Spielberg, Kate's husband and the most powerful director in Hollywood) seems unfazed by it all. She drives her own car (a sports utility vehicle) to the set of ABC's Odd Man Out (Fridays, 9:30 P.M./ET). She fetches her own diet colar, even picking one up for a guest. She has not entourage and emphatically dismisses a publicist's offer to sit in during the interview for this article.
"For what purpose?" laughs the Brown University graduate as she sits cross-legged on a sofa in her dressing room on the Warner Bros. lot. "I'm not afraid. If I fall on my face, I'll just get up and wipe my knees off and go on."
Capshaw learned her Hollywood survival techniques from her mother. "She has such a great sense of humor about herself," the younger Capshaw says. "She doesn't have to take everything so seriously. She taught me to laugh things off."
Kate's daugher spent much of her childhood on location, traveling from movie set to movie set with her mom. She was born in Columbia, Missouri, where her mother and father, Bob Capshaw, were students at the University of Missouri. The young family soon moved to New York City for Kate's modeling career (Bob, a salesman for a trademark researching firm, still lives there). The Capshaws divorced when Jessica was 3, and from then on the little girl inhabited her mother's transient world of acting and, later, celebrity.
"We lived on our own in New York, and then she just started working everywhere," Jessica recalls. "Italy for three months, Sri Lanka for a month, London for three months. I would just go to school wherever I was and as soon as the school bell rang, I was out of there, and I would go to work with my mom. I was on her coattails."
Shy around the kids at school, Jessica was more comfortable on her mom's sets, where she saw firsthand the ups and downs of the profession. "She watched that roller coaster," says Kate, "and she understands that most often it is not personal. I'm happy about that, and when she forgets, I remind her."
The shared passion for acting - not to mention the years together on the road - made for a very strong bond between mother and daughter. "I was alone with her until I was 12," says Jessica. Kate then met Spielberg, and the two were married when Jessica was 15. What had long been a two-woman team grew to a clan of nine, including Jessica's six siblings, both biological and adopted: Theo, now 11; Max, Spielberg's son with actress Amy Irving, now 14; Sasha, 9; Sawyer, 7; Mikaela, 3; and Destry, 2. Jessica's father, Bob, has two children from a subsequent marriage: Ethan, 3, and 1-year old Dylan.
Thankfully, the adjustment of an only child to a suddenly expanding family was anything but traumatic source material for a future E! True Hollywood Story. "By that time I very much had an idea who I was," she says. "I was playing sports, doing plays. I really did have a strong life outside my house."
Inside the house, Jessica took on the role of big sister, baby-sitter and protector - good practice for her job on Odd Man Out. The series stars Markie Post as a widow raising four young kids. Capshaw's character, Jordan, is Post's young (and very single) sister, who helps raise the children.
"On-screen," says Post, "I'm the mature one, and Jessica's character is flaky, neurotic and scattered." But in real life, Post goes on, Capshaw is "an old soul, poised, talented and very well brought up by her mother. For everything that she has in her life, the good and negative of being in such a high-profile situation, she is grounded, not spoiled, not a prima donna. She's just cool."
Odd Man Out is Capshaw's first series. She chose to stay in school rather than join the ranks of professional teen actors - something her stepfather wholeheartedly encouraged. Spielberg, Capshaw says, "never finished college, and it was something he always regretted and something that was very troubling to his own father. He was kind of like, 'Finish it for me.'" Capshaw graduated from Brown in 1998 with a degree in English literature, then attended summer acting classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
Of course, her family name hasn't exactly been a burden, but Odd Man Out 's executive producers John Strauss and Ed Decter ("There's Something About Mary") insist she was hired because she was perfect for the role. "I don't care what her last name is," Strauss says. "I wasn't intimidated. I wanted to know if she could do this character, if she could bring heart to it. And she could. She is naturally funny."
And yes, Capshaw does admit to the occasional worry about appearing to trade on her famous name. "If you're only getting a job because of your parents," she says, "you're going to lose respect." But with a quick smile, she dismisses any creeping fears. "Listen, I could tie myself up in knots about this, or I can just go out and work." With that, Jessica Capshaw heads back to the set, seeming very much at home.
A Review from the New York Daily News
SITCOM IS 'ODD MAN OUT' ON ABC'S FUNNY FRONT
BY David Bianculli
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, September 24, 1999, 12:00 AM
The season's new addition to ABC's "T.
" lineup, "Odd Man Out," earns only one star in our Daily News assessment and that's fitting, because this sorry sitcom has only one star: Markie Post. Post, who plays the widowed mother of four children three girls and one oversexed teen boy (excuse the redundancy) is the only recognizable face in "Odd Man Out," and the only reason to watch. Not even she, though, is reason enough to compensate for the numbing derivativeness of this unfunny comedy. This is somewhat of a disappointment, because the series is created by John J. Strauss and Ed Decter, two of the writers of "There's Something About Mary.
" That movie played like a large-screen, raunchy sitcom, but it was funny; this small-screen sitcom gets off to such a bland start, it's hard to imagine its improving enough to justify its being given another chance. Post's co-stars include Erik von Detten as the titular male, Jessica Capshaw as his aunt, Natalia Cigliuti as his snobbish older sister, and Vicki Davis and Marina Malota as his wise-beyond-their-years younger sisters. Just about every under-18 age group is covered, which is sound strategy for a "T.
" show hoping to appeal to kids of various ages. Sidebar: ODD MAN OUT Premiere review 1 STAR Network: ABC Premiere: Tonight at 9:30 Premise: A teen boy is surrounded by women his mom, an aunt and three sisters and siblings. Stars: Markie Post Location: South Beach Roots: Kate & Allie with even more estrogen. Detail: None. Bottom line: Theres no reason for this to be on TV, much less on the family-friendly T.
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