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’Til Death
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Format Sitcom
Created by Josh Goldsmith
Cathy Yuspa
Developed by Josh Goldsmith
Cathy Yuspa
Starring Brad Garrett
Joely Fisher
Timm Sharp
Lindsey Broad
Eddie Kaye Thomas
Kat Foster
J. B. Smoove
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 81 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Josh Goldsmith
Cathy Yuspa
Producer(s) Alec Barnow
Marc Firek and Annette Sahakian Davis
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 20-21 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original run September 7, 2006 (2006-09-07) – present
External links
Official website

’Til Death is an American sitcom which premiered on the Fox network on September 7, 2006. The series was created by husband-and-wife team Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, who are also the writers and executive-producers. The show focuses on Eddie and Joy Stark (Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher), a couple married for 23 years, and live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Contents

Premise

’Til Death centers on Eddie and Joy Stark, and their relationship and behavior after 23 years of marriage. The first two seasons often focused on the contrast between the Starks and their newlywed neighbors, Jeff and Steph Woodcock (Eddie Kaye Thomas and Kat Foster). The second season introduced a new character named Kenny Westchester (J. B. Smoove) who is Eddie's friend from the big brother program. The third season focused largely around Eddie and Joy's relationship with Kenny after he moves in with them.

The fourth season focuses on the Starks adjusting to life with their daughter Ally (Lindsey Broad) and new son-in-law Doug (Timm Sharp), who live in a trailer in the Stark's backyard. The series takes place in suburban Philadelphia in Cheltenham Township.

History

The first season ran from September 7, 2006 to April 11, 2007 and contained 22 episodes. The series initially aired Thursdays at 8/7c alongside fellow freshman sitcom Happy Hour. In November ’Til Death was given a full season order and then later paired with The War at Home.[1][2] Beginning on March 14, 2007 the show was given the coveted time slot directly following the American Idol results show, which led to an improvement in the ratings. On May 11 ’Til Death was renewed for a second season.[3][4]

The second season ran from September 19, 2007 to May 16, 2008 and consisted of 15 episodes, during which ’Til Death aired on Wednesdays at 8:30 following a new comedy Back to You. On November 6, 2007, production was halted due to the 2007-2008 writers' strike, and only 19 episodes were produced. The series went on hiatus beginning November 28, but returned with a new episode on a special night in March 2008 at 9:30PM.[5] Then in April, Til Death moved again to Wednesdays at 8:00PM leading into Back to You.[6] In May the series was given a 13 episode order for its third season, while comedy companion Back to You was cancelled.[7]

The third season ran from September 10, 2008 to October 8, 2008 and consisted of 7 episodes (3 of which were produced during the second season). In this brief season, ’Til Death aired Wednesdays at 9/8c alongside a new comedy Do Not Disturb. The ratings for both shows were low and as a result, the network pulled the sitcom from its November schedule.[citation needed]Despite Fox not airing all of season three and low ratings, ’Til Death was renewed for a fourth season on January 9, 2009.[8] On May 18, 2009 as part of the Fox network upfront presentation it was announced that 'Til Death would return for a fourth season on Friday nights as part of their fall lineup.[9]

The fourth season premiered on October 2, 2009 in a new time slot of Fridays at 8:30/7:30c. ’Til Death and followed a new sitcom, Brothers, which stars former NFL player Michael Strahan.[10] On October 27, 2009, Fox announced that four new episodes of ’Til Death would air on Christmas Day from 8/7c until 10:00/9:00c. ’Til Death moved to Sundays at 7/6c and 7:30/6:30c on January 31, 2010.[11] The series is currently broadcasting new episodes from both the series' third and fourth seasons. The fourth season finale is scheduled to air May 9, 2010.[12]

Cast

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Main characters

Name Actor Seasons Featured
Eddie Stark Brad Garrett 1-present (regular)
Eddie is a high school history teacher who has been married to Joy for over two decades.
Joy Stark Joely Fisher 1-present (regular)
Joy is Eddie's wife who works as a travel agent.
Jeff Woodcock Eddie Kaye Thomas 1-2 (regular)
Jeff is a newlywed next-door neighbor to the Starks and also the vice-principal at the high school where Eddie teaches.
Steph Woodcock Kat Foster 1-2 (regular)
Steph is Jeff's sarcastic wife with a wild past.
Kenneth Westchester J. B. Smoove 2, 4 (recurring); 3 (regular)
Kenny is Eddie's "little brother" from the Big Brother program and a recent divorcé.
Doug Von Stuessen Timm Sharp 1-3 (recurring); 4 (regular)
Doug is Allison's boyfriend and later husband who currently lives in a trailer in the Stark's backyard and in the 4th season becomes convinced his whole life is a sitcom.
Allison Stark Krysten Ritter (Seasons 1-2)
Laura Clery (Season 3)
Lindsey Broad (Season 4 - present)[13]
Kate Micucci (Season 4)[14][15]
1-3 (recurring); 4 (regular)
Ally is Eddie and Joy's adult daughter who lives with her boyfriend and later husband, Doug.

Recurring characters

  • Kat Foster and Eddie Kaye Thomas, who played Steph and Jeff Woodcock, respectively, left the show, having "moved onto other projects."[16] However, their characters continued to appear in several episodes of season three, which were filmed during season two but not aired due to the Writers' Strike. Krysten Ritter, who played the recurring role of the Stark's daughter, Allison, was also replaced in season three by Laura Clery. J. B. Smoove, who began appearing late in season two, was also added to the cast as Eddie's friend Kenny. His ex-wife appeared in the premiere episode of the third season.[17].
  • Beginning with Season 4, J.B. Smoove, who plays Kenny, was dropped from the show while Lindsey Broad and Timm Sharp were added to the main cast as Allison Stark and Doug Von Stuessen, respectively.[18]

Episodes

DVD releases

DVD Name Region 1 Region 4 Episode Number
The Complete First Season August 21, 2007 February 13, 2008 22
The Complete Second Season January 13, 2009 February, 2010 18

The first season DVDs include all 22 episodes from Season one. The second season DVDs include 18 out of the 19 episodes produced for Season two in airdate order. Presumably the third season will be released in late 2010 and include the leftover season 2 episode, as well as all 18 episodes produced for Season three.

Ratings

Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of ’Til Death on Fox:

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Thurs. 8:00 PM (September 7 - February 15)
Wed. 9:30 PM (March 14 - April 11)
September 7, 2006 April 11, 2007 2006-2007 #82 7.1 [19]
2 Wed. 8:30 (September 19 - November 14)
Tues. 9:30 PM (March 25, 2008)
Wed. 8:00 P.M. (April 16 - May 14, 2008)
September 19, 2007 May 14, 2008 2007-2008 #131 6.1 [20]
3 Wed. 9:00 PM (September 10 - October 8) September 10, 2008 October 8, 2008 2008-2009 #141 4.4 [21]
4 Fri. 8:30 PM (October 2 - October 23)
Sun. 7:00 P.M. (January 31 - May 9)
October 2, 2009 May 9, 2010 2009-2010 #TBA TBA

References

  1. ^ Fox extends 'Death,' ... Brian Ford Sullivan, November 16, 2006, The Futon Critic. Retrieved 08-03-2010.
  2. ^ Fox Gives 'War'... Brian Ford Sullivan, November 28, 2006, The Futon Critic. Retrieved 08-03-2010.
  3. ^ 'Til Death: FOX's Brad Garrett Sitcom Renewed, TV Series Finale, May 11, 2007
  4. ^ Boedeker, Hal (July 10, 2007). "Fox announces premiere dates; "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" returns Aug. 30". Orlando Sentinel. http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2007/07/fox-announces-p.html. Retrieved July 10, 2007. 
  5. ^ Breaking News - Fox returns series to production Fox Press Release, 02.19.08, TheFutonCritic.com
  6. ^ Breaking News - FOX Overhauls Spring Lineup: New 'House' to Anchor Mondays Staff, 02.19.08, TheFutonCritic.com
  7. ^ "FOX Cancels Back to You, Renews 'Til Death". TVSeriesFinale.com. May 9, 2008. http://tvseriesfinale.com/articles/fox-cancels-back-to-you-renews-til-death/. Retrieved May 10, 2008. 
  8. ^ Fox Orders More "'Til Death", Hollywood Reporter, January 9, 2009
  9. ^ "Fox 2009-10 Schedule Announced". Archived from the original on May 20, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5gv2dbemy. Retrieved May 18, 2009. 
  10. ^ Matt Mitovich (July 28, 2009). "Fox Moves Up Two Fall Premieres; Plus a Glee Video Preview". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on July 31, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5igmUHb2N. Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  11. ^ Exclusive: Til Death to get Sunday slot in January Brian Ford Sullivan, 10.27.09, TheFutonCritic.com
  12. ^ Exclusive: Fox sets 2009-10 season finale dates Brian Ford Sullivan, 02.18.10, TheFutonCritic.com
  13. ^ "'Til Death" Fact Sheet Fox Publicity Online, FoxFlash.com. Retrieved 08-03-2010.
  14. ^ Kate Micucci: 'Really exciting things are starting to happen' Amy Longsdorf, January 24, 2010, The Morning Call. Retrieved 08-03-2010.
  15. ^ Fox Flash: “’TIL DEATH”—(7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) Primetime Schedule Mar 7-13, 2010. Fox Publicity Online, FoxFlash.com.
  16. ^ Chandra (September 10, 2008). "Interview with Brad Garrett from 'Til Death". http://www.comedycentric.com/2008/09/10/brad-garrett-on-death-and-beyond/. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  17. ^ 'Til Death Season Three Premiere Details Chandra, September 6, 2008, ComedyCentric.com. Retrieved 08-03-2010.
  18. ^ The Futon's Upfront Notes: Fox's Returning Series Descriptions Staff, 05.18.09, TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved 08-03-2010.
  19. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: 2006-07 primetime wrap". Hollywood Reporter. May 25, 2007. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/features/e3ifbfdd1bcb53266ad8d9a71cad261604f. Retrieved 08-03-2010. 
  20. ^ Press Release - Season Program Rankings ABC Medianet, May 28, 2008. Retrieved 08-03-2010.
  21. ^ "Press Release - Season Rankings". ABC Medianet. May 27, 2009. Archived from the original on August 10, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5iwEcAyP4. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 

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