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When Just Shoot Me debuted on NBC on a Tuesday night (following Frasier) in 1997, the spirited sitcom had the feel of an instant winner. The casting alone was an inspired blend of talent from uniquely interesting sources: George Segal, the veteran actor best known for comic performances in such 1970s film classics as Blume in Love and California Split, was certainly overdue for a hit. Laura San Giacomo, a strong and intriguing presence for a decade in a number of key movies (sex, lies, and videotape, Pretty Woman) promised good things as the series' lead player. Wendie Malick, the former model turned ubiquitous supporting player on the likes of NYPD Blue and Seinfeld, had left an especially indelible impression on HBO's long-running comedy series Dream On. Finally, David Spade, fresh from his great ride as a Saturday Night Live cast member, brought a version of a popular SNL character (Dick Clark's supercilious receptionist) to Just Shoot Me, playing the haughty assistant of Segal's magazine publisher.

The show's premise was fresh, too, and the nice thing about revisiting JSM's first two seasons is realizing how well the whole enterprise holds up. Giacomo stars as serious-minded journalist Maya Gallo, fired from her job as a television newswriter after sabotaging a clueless, on-air anchor. Desperate for work, Maya turns up at the offices of Blush, a women's fashion monthly published by her estranged father, Jack (Segal). Maya reluctantly takes a job writing sex quizzes and similar dreck for Blush, but it's the snippy and vainglorious crossfire between the magazine's staffers, and between Maya and Jack, that makes JSM so much fun. Malick's aging diva, Nina Van Horn, alternately lashes out and unburdens her soul in a failing bid to remain vital in a youth-obsessed culture. Self-centered Jack offers Maya a father's long-delayed love--albeit on his terms. Spade's Dennis Finch chases leggy supermodels around the office like a pathetic loser in junior high. Another cast member, Enrico Colantoni, is very good as the likable but impulsive, womanizing photographer Elliot DiMauro, who becomes an increasingly important player as he and Maya develop feelings for one another in season two. Somehow Just Shoot Me never quite lit up NBC's primetime stable of hit sitcoms, but it did respectably well and now looks even better divorced from its television competition.

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 31 episodes on four discs
  • Commentary by the creator and writing producers on the pilot, Lemon Wacky Hello, King Lear Jet, and My Dinner with Woody
  • "Always in Fashion: A Conversation with Steven Levitan and the Cast of Just Shoot Me!"
  • The Blush Covers photo gallery

Cast

Laura San GiacomoMaya Gallo
George SegalJack Gallo
Wendie MalickNina Van Horn
Enrico ColantoniElliot DiMauro
Chris HoganWally
David SpadeDennis Finch
Tom KennyPersky
Jay LenoJay Leno
Leslie BibbNikki
Kristanna LokenKristanna
Jim O'HeirActor
Cheri OteriCindy
Larry MillerEmerson Gray
Chad EverettTom Youngerman
Stephanie RomanovNikki Ellston
Carmen ElectraHerself
Woody AllenHimself
Luis Antonio RamosJesus Santos
Lisa EdelsteinErin Simon
David Lee SmithSteve McPherson
Carol Ann SusiMrs. Boukidis
Brian DennehyRed Finch
Michael Des BarresNick Hewitt
Ali LarterKarey Burke
Michael YamaWataru Yamaguchi
Kathryn JoostenMrs. Pierce
Nellie SciuttoLisa Cantwell
Megan MullallyStephanie Griffin-Cooper
Dana CarveyOskar Milos
Marcy KaplanMeredith Baker
George MurdockSea Captain
Jessica WalterEve Gallo
Dan ButlerBill Slatton
David RascheMichael Tenzer

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