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In Case of Emergency's painful session - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 14th 2007 9:05PM
If there's any part of the press tour that's hard it's a situation like this: imagine being in a room with the cast of a show no one really likes much, extolling its virtues to disbelieving ears. To fill the boredom, the uncomfortable stars and creators start cracking jokes that no one thinks are funny. On top of that, there aren't enough questions to fill the time, so reporters start getting creative in order to keep the discomfort level at a minimum.

That's what I got when I sat in on the panel for the new ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency.

The entire cast was there: Greg Germann, David Arquette, Jonathan Silverman, Lori Laughlin, and the lovely Kelly Hu, as well as executive producers Howard Morris and Emile Levisetti. In essence, they were talking about how great it is to work with such great writers and comic actors and blah blah blah. Silverman tried cracking jokes and failed. Germann was better, but not by much. Hu even tried to crack a joke or two. But nothing was registering with the sparse gathering of reporters.

So the odd questions began:

  • To all: "What do you like about your character?"
  • To Arquette: "Did your wife (Courtney Cox) or sister (Patricia Arquette) give you advice about working on TV?"
  • To Hu: "Did you run the Honolulu Marathon like you said you were going to?"
  • To Arquette and Silverman: "Your signficant others (Cox and Close to Home's Jennifer Finnigan, respectively) play such strong women on TV. Who wears the pants in the family?"
  • To Laughlin: " " (that's silence, since no one asked her any questions, despite the fact that she's been on TV longer than anyone else in the cast.)

There were some good responses to some of these:

  • Germann: "I like my character because it's in the show, so I get to be on the show."
  • Laughlin: "Coco wears the pants in the Arquette family."
  • Silverman: "Everyone agrees that the best kisser in the cast is David."

Other than that? Not much of consequence. I did go up to Arquette and asked him about spilling details about his friends Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt on Howard Stern's radio show. He had an interesting response, which I'll post tomorrow. At least I got something out of the session.

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James B

I really liked in case of emergency and I hope it dosent get cancelled but they should dump The Knights of prosperity.

January 31 2007 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

While "In Case Of Emergency" isn't as good as it could be, it also isn't as bad as a lot of shows - some of which are currently in the middle of multi-season runs. But of course network executives are like kids on a sugar high - they want instant gratification and they want it NOW!

January 15 2007 at 4:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was at this panel and TV Squad speaks the truth. The whole event was a total farce, and Lori Laughlin looked like she wanted to kill herself.

January 15 2007 at 12:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I liked both as well, I think if they were given some time they could find their stride. But they will get cancelled before they have the chance.

January 14 2007 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My teenaged sons like KNIGHTS, and I didn't think the first episode of EMERGENCY was as abysmal as the reviewers seemed to (I didn't see the second ep because the President's speech threw off my dvr). That's about as faint a piece of praise that I can damn these shows with.

January 14 2007 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think is pretty funny.. os is KNIGHTS of prosperity! :D

January 14 2007 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

am i the only one who finds this and nights of prosperity funny? im assuming they're gonna be cancelled..

January 14 2007 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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