All About Us aired from August until November 2001 on NBC.
This series focuses on the development of four teenage girls who live
and attend high school in Chicago. In the show, the girls' divergent
talents, perspectives, and family experiences become the platform for
illustrating alternative approaches to understanding and solving
problems. Alecia ( Alecia Elliott) is a transplanted Alabamian whose
passion is music and who wants to sing more than anything else.
Niki(Marieh Delfino ) is from a well-to-do family and enjoys the
lifestyle of the rich--and boys--very much. Sierra (Crystal Grant ) is
an idealist fervently committed to the causes she believes in and has
a talent for organizing. Finally, Cris( Alicia Lagano), usually called
by her last name Castelli, is the athlete of the group and comes from
an Italian-American family which runs its own restaurant.
Unfortunately, All About Us never made much of a
splash in the TV world, though to be fair NBC did little to help
promote it or any of the rest of their TNBC lineup in the 2001-02 TV
season. There were only 13 episodes of the show that were broadcast.
The last new episode, "New Girl in Town," premiered on November 10,
2001, just three months after the show's debut. It continued in reruns
for the rest of the season, but during that time it was learned that
NBC planned to replace its TNBC lineup with Discovery Channel for Kids
programming when the fall 2002 season began. So on September 28, 2002,
All About Us, along with City Guys, Just Deal and Skate, made its
final appearance. The last broadcast was the sixth repeat of the
episode "Sierra Meets Her Match." This was the first TNBC series shot
on videotape that did not have the use of a laugh track.
A Review from Variety
August 2, 2001 5:00PM PT
All About Us
By Phil Gallo
NBC is touting “All About Us” as its first female-character-driven show targeted for teens, and this Saturday ayemer should do well with pre-high schoolers lamenting the lack of a “Saved by the Bell”-type show in the current TV universe. Concept is simple: Four girls in Chicago with working-class backgrounds go about their dreaming and scheming in the adult-free world of a girl’s bedroom. This is precisely the type of show Pax should be soliciting from the Peacock.
The four girls are all likable, with none of their defining traits played too heavily. Debut episode, directed with an overly consistent diet of group shots by “Wonder Years” star Fred Savage, follows a game of Truth or Dare and its aftermath — the hijinks, the guilty consciences and the consequences.
Cristina Castelli (Alicia Lagano), the daughter of a pizza parlor owner (John Caponera), takes the lead in the premiere as she attempts to get dad’s 1965 Mustang repaired before he finds out the girls took it for a spin. Show’s star is ostensibly singer Alecia Elliott, who recorded a country album for MCA and, one assumes, is responsible for some of the dance pop that’s in nearly every scene.
Writing avoids the corniness and hackneyed seriousness of the show’s ancestors such as “Saved by the Bell.” While it’s not all that funny, it does place a nice and gentle emphasis on teamwork and friendship.
All About Us
Series; NBC; Sat., Aug. 4, 8:30 a.m.
Production: Taped in Hollywood by Peter Engel Prods. in association with NBC Enterprises. Executive producer, Peter Engel; co-executive producers, Chris Conte, David Nichols; producers, Terry Haley, Mindy Morgenstern, Al Sonja L. Rice; director, Fred Savage.
Crew: Production designer, Andrew Evanshchen; music supervisor, Zoenda Parks; casting, Patricia Noland. 30 MIN.
Cast: Alecia Alcott - Alecia Elliott Niki Merrick - Marieh Delfino Sierra Jennings - Crystal Grant Cristina Castelli - Alicia Lagano Steven Castelli - Eddie Matos Mr. Castelli - John Caponera
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