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City Guys aired from September 1997 until December 2001 on NBC.

Manhattan High School students Jamal Grant and Chris Anderson try to make it through life while avoiding the ire of their principal Karen Noble.

An Article from the Washington Post

By Scott Moore December 28, 1997

Caitlin Mowrey is not a typical high-school student, though she plays one on TV. And even in that venture she is atypical. Last summer, the Bowie, Md., native auditioned for roles on two Peter Engel-produced sitcoms that air Saturday mornings on NBC. For "Saved by the Bell: The New Class," she read for the part of beautiful all-American girl Katie Peterson. For the fledgling "City Guys," the cast opening was as ecological go-getter Dawn Tartikoff. At one point, Engel asked Mowrey which part she would prefer -- "the hot model or the crusader of the world," as he later characterized them. "She realized that the Dawn Tartikoff role was much more inventive," Engel said. "I was impressed that a young, beautiful woman would choose a character part rather than the hot, beautiful role." Besides, Engel believed that the 17-year-old Mowrey was "too sophisticated" for the "Saved by the Bell" role, which ultimately went to a 14-year-old. So, Mowrey was cast as Dawn Tartikoff -- named in part to honor (before his death) Brandon Tartikoff, the former NBC executive who had green-lighted Engel's "Saved by the Bell" a decade earlier. Engel found that Mowrey's acting comprehension also extended to the set. While most young actors take a year or two to fully understand themselves and their characters, Engel said Mowrey's professional growth spurt occurred after three episodes. "We love her, she's a great actress," Engel gushed over the phone. "We're real pleased. She's really grown in this part." Mowrey appreciates the kind words, but is still getting used to the sudden sea change that occurred just as she was preparing for what she figured would be a rather typical senior year at Bowie High School. In the place of honors and advanced placement classes at Bowie, Mowrey learns in one-on-one tutoring sessions -- officially as a student of Hollywood High School. And instead of meetings of student government and the National Slavic Society, she attends script readings and rehearsals. "To me, it's worth this job," Mowrey said during a recent holiday visit home. "The best experience is the experience itself. Being able to act in front of a studio audience on a nationally televised show, nothing beats that. To see myself every Saturday morning . . ." She paused and smiled. "I don't know how vain that sounds!" Mowrey vows to be unchanged by this latest success, just as she did after appearing in commercials for Kellogg's cereal, Nintendo and U.S. Healthcare. And she seems genuinely disappointed when a reporter won't allow her to pay for lunch -- the credit card will have to be used for a shopping spree instead. She then has her leftover sandwich packed up, to be used for a midflight snack. "It's a thrill to say that I've worked really hard and this is where I am," she said. "Which is kind of nice, to get that pat on the back and seeing myself Saturday morning." Mowrey quickly acknowledges the contributions of her family, teachers and fellow cast members. They, in turn, point the emphasis on her hard work. "When I was working with her {at Thomas Pullen Middle School in Landover}, she had a spark, she had an interest, and even at young age she had vision," said Brian Clancy, now director at the drama program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. "She saw there was something more to it. She would ask about how to get across to an audience." In addition to starring in several productions at Pullen, Mowrey had roles at Suitland and Central High School, and was named most versatile student actress after acting in "Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Romeo and Juliet" at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. After being spotted at a seventh-grade talent search, she started getting commercial work and a recurring role on "The Guiding Light," CBS's long-time daytime drama. Then came "City Guys," whose 13 episodes are currently in repeats while producers wait to see if the hip sitcom about urban teenagers gets a sophomore season. "My first few episodes are not that great," Mowrey admitted. "But I feel that I've improved tremendously. Just dealing with four cameras, as opposed to one or two, is a completely different ballgame. . . I feel as though I'm able to carry my own weight on the show. I've become a good actress." Mowrey, who turns 18 this week, is scheduled to take additional acting classes in January and has applied to the acting department at Stanford. She also still aspires to become a doctor. In the meantime, she stays close to her family, with her father -- John, a lawyer -- two sisters and brother taking turns staying at her North Hollywood apartment. There also are frequent long-distance calls, with each of the Mowreys' three residential phone lines racking up monthly bills in the hundreds. "The good thing about her, she has gotten lots of accolades, but it never goes to her head," said Clancy. "Some students have that sense that it's a gift that they have been given, not that they are the center of the universe. She certainly falls in that category." No, Hollywood hasn't gone to Caitlin Mowrey's head. Well, except for an additional hole in her left ear. Mowrey, like her two older sisters, was not permitted to get her ears pierced until she turned 13. And then, it was just one hole in each lobe until she was on her own. But Mowrey surprised her mother recently by sporting an additional tiny earring in the top of her left ear. Melissa Mowrey immediately asked if there were others. "And my second question was, do you have any tattoos?" said her mother, an administrator for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The mother started laughing, realizing that maybe her daughter might be a typical high school student after all.

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