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I'm with Her aired from September 2003 until July 2004 on ABC.

A glamorous movie star and a high school teacher met and improbably fell in love in this fairy tale sitcom.Brainy, dedicated teacher Patrick ( David Sutcliffe) was quietly sipping his latte at a L.A. restaurant one morning when he was bitten on the ass , not by love but by Alex's excitable dog Monroe. Profuse apologies followed, but before they parted Alex ( Teri Polo) wrote her number on Patrick's hand-" just in case." Patrick was willing to let it go at that, but egged on by his gross friend and fellow teacher Stevie ( Danny Comden) he called and love blossomed. Cheri ( Rhea Seehorn) was Alex's sarcastic sister and assistant , who thought the whole thing was a bad idea( " You gave our number to a civilian?"). Patrick was not so sure either , but Alex did her best to act like a " regular girl," despite the paparazzi, autograph- seekers and celebrity events that filled her life , and to bone up on her " book smarts" to impress bookish but charming Patrick. By halfway through the season she was nominated for an Oscar and he was up for teacher of the year. Who says opposites can't attract? Making fleeting appearances were Alex's domineering mom Suzanne ( Cybill Shephard) and Patrick's equally hard-to-please mother Rosalyn ( Susan Sullivan).

Inspired by the real-life relationship between co-creator Chris Henchy and actress Brooke Shields.

Here is the theme song from I'm With Her:

"Is She Really Going Out with Him?" sung by Sugar Ray
Originally by Joe Jackson

Show Version:
Is she really going out with him?
Is she really gonna take him home tonight?
Is she really going out with him?

'Cause if my eyes don't deceive me
There's something going wrong around here
Around here

Full Version:
Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street
From my window I'm staring while my coffee goes cold
Look over there (where?)
There's a lady that I used to know
She's married now or engaged or something so I'm told

Is she really going out with him?
Is she really gonna take him home tonight?
Is she really going out with him?
'Cause if my eyes don't deceive me
There's something going wrong around here

Tonight's the night when I go to all the parties down my street
I wash my hair and I kid myself, I look real smooth
Look over there (where?)
Here comes Jeanie with her new boyfriend
They say that looks don't count for much
And so there goes your proof

Is she really going out with him?
Is she really gonna take him home tonight?
Is she really going out with him?
'Cause if my eyes don't deceive me
There's something going wrong around here

Around here
But if looks could kill
There's a man there who is marked down as dead
'Cause I've had my fill
Listen you
Take your hands from her head
I get so mean around the scene
Hey, hey, hey

A review from the Chicago Tribune

ABC delivers a fall valentine with charming 'I'm With Her'
September 21, 2003|By John Crook, Zap2it.

For the past several seasons, network prime time has been dominated by gross-out "reality" shows and mean-spirited comedies in which snarky jokes replace anything resembling recognizable human emotions.

Maybe that's why ABC's new "I'm With Her," which premieres Tuesday, feels so wildly retro: It's an authentic romantic comedy, a funny honey of a show.

Chris Henchy, a former "Spin City" writer and producer who created this new series with fellow executive producer Marco Pennette ("Caroline in the City"), clearly believes in writing what you know: "I'm With Her" is loosely based on Henchy's experiences as an "average guy" dating actress Brooke Shields, whom he married in 2001.

As the show opens, high-school English teacher Patrick Owen (David Sutcliffe, "Gilmore Girls") has an unexpected and painful brush with destiny as a dog bites him on the butt while he's having coffee with best friend Stevie (newcomer Danny Comden).

The dog belongs to Alex Young (Teri Polo, "Meet the Parents"), a radiant but down-to-earth movie star who intuitively responds to Patrick's easy sense of normality, which she encounters only rarely in her showbiz world. Over the caustic objections of her cynical sister, Cheri (Rhea Seehorn), Alex begins dating Patrick, savoring their relaxed chemistry together.

Within only hours, however, tabloid paparazzi begin swarming Patrick's school for photos of Alex Young's new squeeze. It's a glaring spotlight Patrick didn't sign on for, and he finds himself weighing the pluses and minuses of dating a world-famous star.

The opening episode is a model of its kind, managing in the span of about 20 minutes to set up two sharply drawn characters and make viewers care about them, while delivering solid laughs on top of that.

Henchy, who previously had worked with Polo on a busted pilot called "Sugar Hill," still seems to be a little wary of jinxing himself by over-analyzing how "I'm With Her" came together with what seems almost like a sense of inevitability.

"Casting is a disconcerting process, because a lot of the time you'll get someone that you know is a good actor but he doesn't give you what you are looking for and you start thinking, 'Oh, my God, I'm the worst writer in the world,' " Henchy says.

"Jeff Greenberg, who did our casting, read the script and immediately said, 'Teri Polo,' and she came in and nailed Alex so neatly that Marco and I went back and started polishing the character to play to Teri's strengths. I didn't know David's work on 'Gilmore Girls,' but his reading was great, too.

"You know, it's like an arranged marriage, and you never know whether it's going to work, but we got incredibly lucky here."

Polo, who notes this was one of the few scripts that didn't call for her to play a mother, says she had wanted to be a part of the show as soon as she heard Henchy was involved, but she also sensed something special the very first time the cast sat down to read the script together.

"When we did the table read, it was almost as if we were doing a show that was already on the air: David, Danny, Rhea and I just clicked together that quickly, it was remarkable. I think this show must be blessed in some way," she says.

A Review from The New York Times

TELEVISION REVIEW; Mismatched Lovers and Contrasting Brothers

Published: September 23, 2003

Generic emotion can be cued no more reliably these days than with a few bars from Coldplay's ''Clocks.'' That keyboard phrase and those high ''oohs'' may constitute the ''Nadia's Theme'' of our time. It would be foolhardy to pass up such a bargain means of raising lumps in viewers' throats, and thus the song makes its way into ''I'm With Her'' and ''One Tree Hill,'' a comedy and a drama that have their premieres tonight.

''I'm With Her,'' tonight on ABC, is the invention of Chris Henchy, husband of Brooke Shields; it's about an obscure man who dates a famous woman. Patrick Owen (David Sutcliffe) teaches high school English, meaning he quotes Shakespeare and even Balzac, and also that he has heart. Alex Young (Teri Polo) stars in movies. They meet hideously cute when her dog bites him; she later calls him, and one thing leads to another.

Coldplay doesn't sound during their happy date, nor during their hands-on nighttime golf lesson. But then Patrick balks at the prospect of playing Larry Fortensky to Alex's Liz Taylor, and he retreats. A minute later he remembers ''Romeo and Juliet'' (no less) and sprints back to his girl. At last. As the mischievous and diverse high school crowd looks on, love and sorrow and regret and longing fill the air, as the patent-pending chords work their magic. ''You-ooh-ooh.''

The script of ''I'm With Her'' is fine, with passing laughs and a nice note or two. Alex's line about the dog bite -- ''Oh my gosh, you're being so great about this'' -- sounds especially right as flirty and litigation-shy starspeak.

Mr. Sutcliffe has a modest physicality that suits his role. He does what he can in the mannered scenarios that are used to establish how literate he is. Ms. Polo looks fair and sweet, and when a red-carpet announcer calls her ''America's Sweetheart,'' traces of Pickford play about her face. Still, for the show's smart premise to work, Alex must exhibit strobe-light star power, the kind that Julia Roberts mustered in ''Notting Hill.'' And if she had big star power, Ms. Polo, wouldn't she already be a big star? Oh, but never mind. ''I'm With Her'' is a sitcom, in which life contracts to a half-dozen sets. Here the yips of a few autograph-seekers and the flashes of a few bulbs might be enough to convince viewers, over time, of Alex's immanent celebrity.

The never-fail ''Clocks'' serves another purpose on ''One Tree Hill,'' tonight on WB, a very likable and melancholy drama about high school basketball and patrimony. On this show the song is piped in just before a midnight basketball game between brothers: Lucas (Chad Michael Murray), the blond, noble one, whom the father denies, and Nathan (James Lafferty), the dark, treacherous one, whom the father anoints. Perhaps, as a high school song for the ages, ''Clocks'' here means: I hope to win tonight, and I kind of hate my father.

Both young actors are good looking, but Mr. Murray is better looking in just exactly the right degree, with an angle-free face that says lover not fighter. His courtship of Peyton Sawyer (Hilarie Burton), Nathan's mopey girlfriend and the creator of a Web site called ''Punk and Disorderly,'' is bound to make trouble.

Tree Hill, N.C., takes basketball so seriously that the formidable high school coach comes off as N.B.A. material. (No ''everybody's a winner'' here.) Making varsity in this town comes with gravitas weighter even than the daily gravitas on ''The West Wing'' and ''Six Feet Under.''

With several night scenes, a bruise-colored palette, white men with skills (a black friend reminds Lucas to keep it real), as well as a wrong/right side-of-the-tracks class system, ''One Tree Hill'' owes something to Eminem's ''8 Mile.'' But that's not a bad thing: the image of the beautiful and sulky teenager needed only a quick polish and a new soundtrack to keep him in the game for another television season.


ABC, tonight at 8:30, Eastern and Pacific times; 7:30 Central time

Created by Marco Pennette and Chris Henchy; directed by Ted Wass.

WITH: Teri Polo (Alex Young), David Sutcliffe (Patrick Owen), Danny Comden (Stevie Hanson) and Rhea Seehorn (Cheri Baldzikowski).


WB, tonight at 9, Eastern and Pacific times; 8, Central time

Created and written by Mark Schwahn; directed by Bryan Gordan.

WITH: Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Scott), James Lafferty (Nathan Scott), Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer), Paul Johansson (Dan Scott), Craig Sheffer (Keith Scott), Moira Kelly (Karen) and Barry Corbin (Whitey Durham).

A Review from Entertainment Weekly

TV Review
I'm With Her

A By Carina Chocano

I'm With Her is the story of high school English teacher Patrick Owen (David Sutcliffe), an unshaven, salt-of-the-earth type, who wins the heart of actress Alex Young (Teri Polo), a biggest-star-on-earth type. Because he is a mensch and not into the whole Hollywood thing, Patrick enters Alex's world kicking and screaming Balzac and Shakespeare the whole way. (She, of course, quotes Patrick Swayze.) It's a zeitgeisty comedy about an underrepresented -- but hot -- growing minority: nobody husbands of movie-star wives.

Sadly, for the cynics among us, Patrick is no Cris Judd, Danny Moder, or, alas, Larry Fortensky. He's more like a slightly Cinderfellified alter ego of successful television producer Chris Henchy (''Spin City,'' ''Life With Bonnie''), who based the show on his own relationship with wife Brooke Shields. And Alex, analogously is no J. Lo, Julia, or Liz. Hell, as Polo plays her, she's not even as interesting as Brooke Shields. If only Henchy were to have some fun at his own expense, we might see Alex demanding her hotel room be remodeled, or Patrick wearing a wife beater and doubling his negatives.

In classic sitcom tradition, any diva qualities Alex might possess have been funneled into her sister, Cheri Baldzikowski (Rhea Seehorn), a ''civilian'' who disapproves of Patrick. Likewise, Patrick displays no unseemly, uh, star-fornicating tendencies whatsoever. These have been bestowed upon his wisecracking substitute-teacher sidekick, Stevie (Danny Comden).

The show makes a few jokes at its characters' expense, but they tend to be as gentle as baby clover -- much like the love sprouting between Patrick and Alex. (In a world of movie sets, rehab facilities, and gyms, the couple meets -- of all places -- at a coffee shop. In real life, Henchy and Shields met on the Warner Bros. lot and bonded over her freshly rescued dog. On the show, Alex's dog bonds with Patrick's butt when he bends over.) Patrick cringes at a cheesy line Alex's costar feeds her on TV, and cracks, ''Who writes this crap?'' Later, after he sends her away then changes his mind, he uses the line himself. It's like art imitating life imitating ''Notting Hill.''

So far, ''I'm With Her'' delivers more romance than comedy, but that could change if the characters were to remove their halos. In the meantime, for true celebrity-marriage hilarity, check out MTV's ''Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.'' It's chicken by the sea!

A Review from The New York Daily News



Tuesday, September 23th 2003, 8:00AM


The story behind the new ABC sitcom "I'm With Her" is better than the sitcom. A lot, lot better.

In real life, "I'm With Her" co-creator Chris Henchy was, by Hollywood standards, a fairly low-profile TV writer-producer, who had worked on "Spin City," "Battery Park" and "Life With Bonnie." One day on the Warner Bros. lot, he started petting a dog, then noticed that its owner was Brooke Shields, then the star of "Suddenly Susan" and married to Andre Agassi.

They became friends. After Shields' marriage ended, they got closer and eventually married. Henchy's experiences of being swept into his significant other's celebrity maelstrom are the basis of "I'm With Her" (tonight at 8:30). What makes the transition to the small screen is sheer vapidity.

Teri Polo plays actress Alexis Young - Alex, as she's identified on all the glossy magazine covers - who falls in love with Patrick Owen, played by David Sutcliffe.

Here's where the rewriting, simplifying and stupefying comes in. When the actress meets the dog-lover, he's not a TV writer - he's a high-school English teacher who quotes Balzac. They meet not on a Hollywood back lot, but in (where else?) a coffee shop. Instead of being married to a world-famous tennis player, she's single, and living with her wisecracking, protective sister.

Oh, and instead of meeting when he pets her dog, these future lovers meet when her dog bites him - in the behind.

Tonight's pilot tries to wring drama and suspense out of this new relationship, as he resists going out with her because their lives are so different. In actuality, this is about as suspenseful as wondering whether one of those visitors on "Gilligan's Island" will actually rescue the castaways. If he leaves the actress, or if Gilligan leaves the island, there's no show, folks.

Not that there's much of one anyway. In next week's episode, the sister, disapproving of Alex's infatuation with a noncelebrity, sneers, "This just reeks of Cher and the bagel boy."

She could have ended that sentence after the first three words.

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