Accidentally on Purpose


Accidentally on Purpose Information

Accidentally on Purpose is an American television situation comedy series starring Jenna Elfman. It first aired on CBS during the 2009"10 season. and was produced by the CBS in-house production arm. The show is based on the book of the same name (ISBN 0061256927) by Mary F. Pols.

On May 18, 2010, CBS cancelled the series after only one season.

Plot

Accidentally on Purpose follows Billie (Jenna Elfman), a San Francisco movie critic in her 30s. Billie meets Zack (Jon Foster), an aspiring chef in his 20s, at a local bar and they have a one-night stand. She soon finds out that she is pregnant, and decides to keep the baby. She must simultaneously deal with her boss and ex-boyfriend, James (Grant Show), who finds himself jealous of Zack. Before the story began, she had hoped that James would ask her to marry him, but he told her that he was not ready because he was married once before.

Thanks to this unexpected arrival, Billie and Zack have agreed to live together platonically, since the only place that Zack has called home was his van. While Billie receives encouragement and advice from her alcoholic girl best friend Olivia (Ashley Jensen) and her conventional, younger, married sister Abby (Lennon Parham), she also has to deal with Zack's freeloading friend Davis (Nicolas Wright), among others, when they start turning her place into a frat house, leaving Billie to question whether she is living with a boyfriend, a roommate, or a second child to raise.

Theme song

The theme song for the show is "Birds of a Feather", written by David Fagin of the indie-rock band The Rosenbergs. The song is on their album Department Store Girl.

History

On November 3, 2009, CBS ordered an additional five episodes of the series, bringing the total to 18. In early 2010 CBS moved Accidentally on Purpose to Wednesday nights from Mondays, to accommodate the midseason return of Rules of Engagement and the cancellation of Gary Unmarried. However, after the ratings slipped CBS elected not to renew the series and on May 18, 2010, made the cancellation official; the cancellation was part of CBS' decision to eliminate all of its Wednesday night comedies in favor of trying a Thursday-night block.

Critical reception

Accidentally On Purpose received mixed reviews, scoring a 49/100 on Metacritic, while scoring a 6.2/10 with viewers. The New York Times, in a review of the show's first episode, called Grant Show's performance "graceful" and said Elfman is as "funny as the script allows, in that broad, robo-comic way you may remember from Dharma & Greg."

The series had an average of eight million viewers per episode while airing on Mondays after How I Met Your Mother, but fell to an average of 5.5 million of viewers per episode while airing on Wednesdays after The New Adventures of Old Christine, which was also canceled in 2010.

Cast

  • Jenna Elfman as Billie Chase
  • Jon Foster as Zack Crawchuck
  • Ashley Jensen as Olivia
  • Nicolas Wright as Davis
  • Grant Show as James
  • Lennon Parham as Abby Chase
  • Pooch Hall as Ryan
  • David Sutcliffe as Brian
  • Larry Wilmore as Dr. Roland
  • Bryan Cuprill as Nick
  • Michael Rapaport as Sully
  • Matthew Glave as Officer Ravitz


Crew

  • Claudia Lonow " Writer
  • Lloyd Braun " Executive Producer
  • Gail Berman " Executive Producer
  • Jack Rudy " Music Supervisor


Episodes

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
WrittenBy=Claudia Lonow DirectedBy=Pamela Fryman Aux4=8.91 ShortSummary= Billie (Jenna Elfman) meets Zack (Jon Foster), an aspiring chef in his 20s, at a local bar and they have a one-night stand at his friend's apartment. She soon finds out that she is pregnant from the fling and decides to keep the baby. She must simultaneously deal with her boss and ex-boyfriend, James, who finds himself jealous of Zack. Before the story began, she had hoped that James would ask her to marry him, but he told her that he was not ready because he was married once before. Thanks to this unexpected arrival, Billie and Zack have agreed to live together platonically, since the only place that Zack has called home was his van. While Billie receives encouragement and advice from her party girl best friend (and fellow journalist) Olivia (Ashley Jensen) and her conventional, younger, married sister Abby (Lennon Parham), she also has to deal with Zack's freeloading friend Davis (Nicolas Wright), among others, when they start turning her place into a frat house, leaving Billie to question whether she is living with a boyfriend, a roommate, or if she just has a second child to raise. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Gregg Mettler DirectedBy=Pamela Fryman Aux4=8.02 ShortSummary= While snooping through Zack's belongings Billie discovers a note addressed to her, that he never finished writing and sets out to find what Zack is hiding. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Vince Calandra DirectedBy=Ted Wass Aux4=7.17 ShortSummary= Billie's pregnancy causes her breasts to increase in size which causes other guys to flirt with her. Meanwhile, Zack refuses to have sex with Billie after she tries to have sex with him. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Cynthia Greenburg DirectedBy=John Pasquin Aux4=7.73 ShortSummary=Billie and Zack discuss their feelings on dating and agree to see other people, however, Billie's pregnancy gets in the way of any potential love connections. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Bill Kunstler & Alison McDonald DirectedBy=Andrew D. Weyman Aux4=8.26 ShortSummary= Billie tries to live vicariously through Zack and Davis by offering up dating advice to them. However, things take a turn, when the objects of the boys' affection reveal their true intentions. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Bill Kunstler DirectedBy=Andrew D. Weyman Aux4=8.08 ShortSummary=Billie and Zack have their first big argument after Zack tries to surprise Billie by installing a low flow toilet. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Vince Calandra & Cynthia Greenburg DirectedBy=David Trainer Aux4=7.89 ShortSummary=Billie unintentionally causes Abby and Nick to break up when she asks them to be Godparents. However, after a fun night on the town with Davis goes too far, Billie must stop Abby before she does something she will regret. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Mike Dieffenbach DirectedBy=John Pasquin Aux4=7.27 ShortSummary=When Billie starts dating a colleague from her newspaper, Zack is unable to hide his jealousy. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Andrea Abbate & David Holden DirectedBy=Ted Wass Aux4=7.89 ShortSummary= Billie is threatened when James hires another film critic at the paper and sets out to prove how valuable she is. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Franklyn Hardy & Shane Kosakowski DirectedBy=Barnet Kellman Aux4=7.91 ShortSummary= When Billie and Zack take instructional parenting classes separately due to their schedules. Zach intends to meet some other fathers as most of his other friends are not at this stage of life yet, but instead makes friends with a gay female couple. Billie goes with Olivia and Abby. However, the course quickly becomes a competition when Abby outshines Billie at all the tasks. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Gregg Mettler & Claudia Lonow DirectedBy=Gail Mancuso Aux4=8.81 ShortSummary= Worried that she'll ruin Christmas, as she has in previous years, Billie tries to hide from her parents the fact that Zack is living with her. Zach spends Christmas with Davis and he realises that Billie is the coolest women he's ever met. When he returns to the apartment he proposes to Billie. Meanwhile, Abby's husband, Nick, tries to impress their father. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Mike Dieffenbach & David Holden DirectedBy=Ted Wass Aux4=8.43 ShortSummary=Zach tried to get along with Nick, but he is too strange for him. When Billie tells Abby their Zach doesn't like Nick, they fight and Abby tells Billie to arrange her own baby shower. Davis pretends to be Dave Grohl's younger brother to impress a girl. Billie and Zach discover the gender of their child. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Alison McDonald & Andrea Abbate DirectedBy=Andrew D. Weyman Aux4=9.56 ShortSummary=Billie and Sully work on a story together which leads to a surprising discovery about the paper. Zack begins a new business venture with Davis as his partner. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Claudia Lonow & Bill Kunstler & David Holden DirectedBy=Ted Wass Aux4=8.42 ShortSummary=Billie tries to manipulate Zack so he does more around the apartment, but her plan backfires when Zack ends up creating a new mess each time he cleans one. Meanwhile, Davis gets a job at a gay bar to earn extra cash. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Franklin Hardy & Shane Kosakowski DirectedBy=David Trainer Aux4=9.10 ShortSummary=Billie invites herself to Zack's high school reunion but worries that she can't compete with his hot, ex-girlfriend in her pregnant state. Meanwhile, Olivia helps Abby host a party where they try to sell Abby's miracle youth juice. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Jenn Lloyd & Kevin Bonani DirectedBy=Ted Wass Aux4=6.03 ShortSummary=Zack is upset when Billie hires a baby nurse without consulting him. Meanwhile, Davis and Ryan are faced with a difficult choice when they learn surprising news about the nurse. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=David Rosenthal & DJ Nash DirectedBy=Ted Wass Aux4=5.90 ShortSummary=Billie pretends to go into labor to save Zack from getting a traffic ticket after they're pulled over for speeding. Meanwhile, Olivia and Davis go shopping for a baby gift. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

WrittenBy=Claudia Lonow DirectedBy=Ted Wass Aux4=5.22 ShortSummary=After faking labor pains to get Zack out of a speeding ticket, Billie goes into labor " for real. Unfortunately, things take a turn when Zack gets busted by the officer they had initially lied to and is hauled off to the police station. In the end, Billie gives birth to her baby, Henry, and agrees to marry Zack. LineColor=FF7F00 }}

International releases

Country / Region Network(s) Premiere
Canada Citytv September 2009
Croatia Fox Life
Bosnia and Herzegovina Fox Life
Australia Network Ten December 2009
The Netherlands NET 5 June 8, 2010
Ireland TV3 Ireland July 3, 2010
Brazil Sony Entertainment Television February 4, 2010
Latin America Sony Entertainment Television March 4, 2010
United Kingdom E4 June 17, 2010
Philippines Studio 23, Velvet, STAR World TBA, June 4, 2010, June 7, 2010
Indonesia STAR World November 2012
Israel Yes Stars Comedy April 2010
Italy Fox Life (Italy) March 11, 2011
Macedonia Fox Life September 2010
Japan Fox Life April 2010
Poland Comedy Central May 17, 2010
Portugal Fox Life, Fox Life HD June 27, 2010
New Zealand C4 August 3, 2010
Slovenia TV3 Slovenia October 18, 2010 (Weekdays at 6pm)
Denmark TV 2 Zulu December 2010
Norway TV 2 December 29, 2010
Slovakia TV JOJ February 20, 2011
South Africa SABC 3 June 27, 2011
Greece Skai TV September 13, 2011
Finland Nelonen January 6, 2012
Serbia B92 and Fox Life



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