'Ed' Cast: Where Are They Now?
Last week marked the 10th anniversary of 'Ed,' which certainly has a plum spot on our list of great shows that were canceled too soon. The fine dramedy that revolved around a barrister/bowling alley proprietor and his quirky fellow Stuckeyville-ians premiered on NBC on Oct. 8, 2000. And though its four seasons whizzed by all too quickly, we can't say we hardly knew ye, 'Ed' ... in fact, we knew ye, and loved ye, quite well.
From Ed's outrageous bets with BFF Mike (Josh Randall) and his long-running romantic dance with high school crush Carol Vessey (Julie Bowen) to the, ahem, industrious Phil (Michael Ian Black) and adorkable Warren (Justin Long) and the revelation that was the funny, charming and adorkable Tom Cavanagh as the titular Ed Stevens, 'Ed' was a delight for every one of its 83 episodes, and culminated in the wacky and wonderful series finale wedding of Ed and Carol.
To celebrate the 'Ed'-ness, here's a little catch-up guide to what the show's stars have been up to since the February 2004 finale:
Cavanagh, the Canadian actor who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Ed, hasn't had much luck in getting another TV show to stick around, but he does continue to be in demand on the tube. Post-'Ed,' he starred in another cult fave, but short-lived, dramedy with CBS' 'Love Monkey' and the admittedly underwhelming TNT advertising drama 'Trust Me," but he also made scene-stealing guest appearances on 'Eli Stone' and as J.D.'s slacker older bro in a recurring, Emmy-worthy 'Scrubs' guest gig. He also starred in the buzzed-about ABC pilot 'Edgar Floats,' which lost its buzz after most of the cast, including Cavanagh, was replaced, and on the big screen, he was the dad in the movie adaptation of the beloved kids book 'How to Eat Fried Worms,' and plays Ranger Smith in the December 2010 'Yogi Bear' flick. He also returns to the tube next year, playing a golf pro in a guest spot on 'Royal Pains.'
After playing the eventual Mrs. Stevens on 'Ed,' Bowen played Jack's wife Sarah on 'Lost,' romanced Michael J. Fox and Mark Valley as an attorney on 'Boston Legal,' enjoyed cougar love with Hunter Parrish on 'Weeds' and earned her first Emmy nomination early this year for her role as wild child-turned-uptight mama Claire on 'Modern Family.'
Randall, who played Ed's doctor BFF Mike, has also been a busy TV bee post-'Ed,' including a memorable 'Scrubs' guest role of his own, as Jake, one of Elliott's boyfriends. He also played Jenna Elfman's love interest in the short-lived 2006 CBS comedy 'Courting Alex,' and has guest-starred on 'Lost,' 'Private Practice,' 'Men in Trees,' 'Pushing Daisies' and 'The New Adventures of Old Christine,' and co-stars with Gary Cole in the upcoming movie 'A Good Funeral.'
Boone, who played the Stuckeyville High principal and Carol's BFF, has guest starred on 'Medium' and 'Higglytown Heroes,' and most recently played Carlos' employee and ex-lover Lucy on 'Desperate Housewives.'
Jana Marie Hupp
Hupp, who played Mike's wife, had been steadily working in Hollywood for more than a decade when she landed the role on 'Ed,' though since the show wrapped, her most notable TV appearance was in an episode of the (thankfully) departed ''Til Death.'
Michael Ian Black
The State and Stella comedy troupes alum played Phil, Ed's Stuckeybowl employee who had a never-ending supply of get-rich-quick schemes. Since the show ended, Black (who replaced Donal Logue in the role of Phil) has starred in his own comedy series -- 'Stella' and 'Michael & Michael Have Issues' -- has guest-starred on 'Reno 911!' and 'Reaper,' written a book of humor essays ('My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face'), penned a children's book ('Chicken Cheeks: The Beginning of Ends') and, as a skilled poker player, has appeared on 'Celebrity Poker Showdown.' Next up, he stars in the Crackle.com star-packed comedy 'Backwash.'
Aside from his famous Mac vs. PC commercials, Long has been mostly MIA on TV since 'Ed,' spending most of his time on the big screen and in tabloid magazines with on-again, off-again girlfriend Drew Barrymore. The duo has co-starred in flicks like 'He's Just Not That Into You' and the recent romantic comedy 'Going the Distance,' while Long has also had standout roles in 'Dodgeball.' 'Waiting ...' 'The Break-Up,' 'Accepted,' 'Die Hard 4' and provided the voice of Alvin in the 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' movies. He provides the voice of Humphrey in the current animated flick 'Alpha and Omega,' and, next up, he stars in the Robert Redford directed historical drama 'The Conspirator' and may return for 'Die Hard 5' in 2011.
Sadly, 10 years after its debut, fans are still waiting for 'Ed' to hit DVD, and, as has happened with many a TV show-on-DVD project, music rights seem to be among the pesky issues that have held up the release.
Last year, Cavanagh told an interviewer that both 'Ed' and 'Love Monkey' DVD releases were in the works. "That is in the works as we speak," he told a TV reporter in Michigan. "We don't want to, like, jam it down peoples' throats immediately ... we're trying to wait a nice decade before we can present that to the people who want it."
Well, it's officially a decade later now, so let's have those DVDs!
And for all other things 'Ed,' including a complete rundown of Ed and Mike's $10 bets, a guide to the show's music (several playlists on my iPod are made up of music I heard on 'Ed' and 'Gilmore Girls'), a list of Phil's schemes and the "Edcyclopedia," check out the ultimate 'Ed' resource, Stuckeyville.com.