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Freddie aired from October 2005 until July 2006 on ABC.


At age 28, Freddie ( Freddie Prinze, Jr.) was a successful young chef and restaurant owner in Chicago, living in a fancy high-rise apartment and active on the dating scene with best friend Chris ( Brian Austin Green), who lived next door.Unfortunately Freddie's style was cramped by the women of his raucous family, several of whom had moved in with him. Sophia ( Jacqueline Obradors)was his sensible sister , who arrived with her teenaged daughter Zoey ( Chloe Suazo)when her marriage collapsed; Allison ( Madchen Amick), his widowed sister-in-law , who moved in when Freddie's brother died, and who was fond of the bottle ; and Grandma ( Jenny Gago), his fearsome grandmother , who sat with her arms folded and refused to speak except in Spanish -even though she understood English perfectly well.


Most of the stories revolved around Freddie and Chris ' dating misadventures, although in the last episode rich slacker Chris tried to open his own restaurant. When it predictably failed his disgusted grandfather Carl ( played by Burt Reynolds)took his condo and trust fund in exchange for paying off the debt, and homeless Chris found himself camping in Freddie's apartment as well.


Freddie Prinze Jr. , the son of famed 1970's star Freddie Prinze Sr. ( Chico and the Man), dedicated this series to his late father.


A Review from Variety


Freddie
(ABC, Wed. Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m.)
By PHIL GALLO


Taped in Los Angeles by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producers, Bruce Helford, Deborah Oppenheimer, Bruce Rasmussen, Freddie Prinze Jr.; co-executive producers, Tom Hertz, Lori Kirkland Baker; director, John Pasquin; writer, Kirkland Baker.

Freddie Moreno - Freddie Prinze Jr.
Sofia - Jacqueline Obradors
Chris - Brian A. Green
Allison - Madchen Amick
Grandma - Jenny Gago
Zoey - Chloe Suazo

ABC's juggling of episodes and delay of the premiere certainly scars "Freddie" as it becomes one of the last fall shows to debut. Its humor is simple and, at times, degrading, virtually all of it based on gender battles and sex. Although there are some comic sparks in the opener, it feels locked into a single premise, one that Freddie Prinze Jr. can't carry on his own.
Prinze plays hotshot Chicago chef Freddie Moreno, who lives in a lakefront condo that could be afforded only if he owned a chain of very successful eateries. He doesn't seem to work much -- his activities are chasing girls or hanging around with his extended family, which has inexplicably moved in with him.


In the pilot, Moreno and best friend Chris (Brian A. Green) figure out they are trying to date women who only want them for their money and connections. Chris decides they need to seek out poor girls. The duo stakes out a Laundromat, where Chris hooks up with Krystal (Valeria) and Freddie meets Gina (Ana Ortiz), a girl he knew growing up in his old neighborhood.


Krystal, as expected, takes Chris to the cleaners. Gina, on the other hand, is a homebody whose domestic tastes please the household of his sister (Jacqueline Obradors), sister-in-law (Madchen Amick), 13-year-old niece (Chloe Suazo) and grandmother (Jenny Gago). Their approval of Gina isn't good enough for Freddie to keep her around.


Pat situations and ending keep "Freddie" from having any sort of edge; just by giving Freddie the job of a chef suggests that the show could escape the usual confines of a family-centric sitcom. "Freddie's" producing team built sitcom franchises out of Drew Carey and George Lopez, but this one has neither the off-the-wall character of the former nor the charm in the lead role of the latter.


A Review from The Washington Post


Freddie Prinze Jr. Has A Full House With No Cards


By Tom Shales
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 12, 2005; Page C01


"Freddie," the ostensibly new ABC sitcom starring Freddie Prinze Jr., comes across like something archaeologists found buried in a cave full of discarded videotape. Blowing away the sands of time, they uncovered this relic from some other era -- a sitcom that never aired yet seems as familiar as your favorite pillow or baby blanket.


Like those items, it prompts thoughts of sleep -- peaceful, pleasant snoozing uninterrupted by a loud noise or, say, an original idea. It's so uneventful that some wag is bound to refer to its star as Freddie Prinzzzzzz.


Fashioned to exploit his talents -- not exactly awesome or imposing -- the show is built around Prinze's slack affability and muted eagerness to please. He plays Freddie Moreno, 28, a bachelor with a mating urge and one of the most spacious apartments in Chicago in which to act upon it. It's common for lead characters in sitcoms to have apartments that are impossibly vast and impeccably decorated, but Freddie's place is practically cavernous.


Who's his next-door neighbor -- Oprah?


Freddie's like-minded pal Chris (Brian Austin Green, once of "Beverly Hills 90210") also has mighty handsome digs, suggesting that most of the creative thinking on the program went into set design (and wishful thinking).


The premise, though, has nothing to do with furniture. It seems that young Freddie's heart is as soft as his apartment is huge; thus he agrees to take in his sister Sofia (Jacqueline Obradors), his widowed and boozy sister-in-law Allison (the exotic Madchen Amick -- exotically named, anyway), her sassy teenage daughter Zoey (Chloe Suazo) and Freddie's Puerto Rican-born grandma (Jenny Gago), who speaks only Spanish, subtitled in English.


Having so many women in residence makes it difficult for Freddie to bring home his latest romantic conquests, and naturally the situation leads to all kinds of mirthful complications. Okay, not all kinds, exactly, but a few kinds. A few kinds that aren't all that mirthful, come to think of it -- much less funny.


The pilot episode that introduces all the characters and tries to sort out the relationships apparently struck ABC executives as not particularly hilarious, either, so it has been delayed until Oct. 19. Instead, the episode airing tonight involves a babe-hunting brainstorm that occurs to Chris: Let's go hang out in the laundromat and hunt "poor chicks in their natural habitat," he tells Freddie, since the pals' experience with rich women hasn't worked out very well.


Freddie brings home the cute, spunky and attractively impoverished Gina (Ana Ortiz), who inspires Grandma to pay Freddie a rare compliment: "She doesn't look like the tramps you usually date." And so it goes with each of the women getting the chance to step forward, lob a zinger at Freddie and then fade back into the wallpaper.


The characters aren't dimensional, or very involving, and Freddie has a drab sort of haplessness that makes him seem at best a chump, at worst a chimp. We're told he's a whiz at running the upscale restaurant where a scene or two is set -- the enterprise that makes the huge apartment possible -- but he never actually does any work. Apparently just having his presence on the premises is enough to make the place a shattering success.


Prinze is essentially likable, and there's no reason not to wish him well with the series even if his comedic gifts are sparse; he'd hardly be the first comedically challenged actor to star in a hit sitcom. But nobody in the cast really stands out strikingly against the weary blandness -- not even saucy Grandma with her translated put-downs and wisecracks -- and so it eventually consumes them all, like fog in a monster movie.


The best policy with regard to "Freddie" is probably to wait for the director's cut on DVD in two or three hundred years.



Freddie (30 minutes) premieres tonight at 8:30 on Channel 7.


To watch clips of Freddie go to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=freddie+tv+show+full+episodes


For some Freddie-related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/shows/freddie


To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iP6W033SPQ
Date: Sun June 18, 2006 � Filesize: 25.2kb � Dimensions: 360 x 240 �
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