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Ruby & The Rockits
Ruby&TheRockitsCast.jpg
The cast of Ruby & The Rockits (from left to right), David, Ruby, Jordan, Patrick, Audie and Ben.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Shaun Cassidy
Ed Yeager
Developed by Shaun Cassidy
Starring Alexa Vega
Patrick Cassidy
Austin Butler
Katie A. Keane
Kurt Doss
and David Cassidy
Theme music composer David Cassidy
Opening theme "You Are Where I Live" by Alexa Vega
Country of origin USA
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Shaun Cassidy
Marsh McCall
Camera setup Film; Multi-camera
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Shaun Cassidy Productions
ABC Studios
ABC Family Original Productions
Broadcast
Original channel ABC Family
Picture format 480i (SDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Original run July 21, 2009 – September 22, 2009
Status Cancelled
External links
Official website

Ruby & The Rockits is an ABC Studios half-hour multi-cam comedy series executive produced by Shaun Cassidy (Invasion) and Marsh McCall (Carpoolers).[1] The series premiered on Tuesday, July 21, 2009.

It was created by Shaun Cassidy, the creator of American Gothic and Invasion, brother of cast member Patrick Cassidy, and half-brother of the show's star David Cassidy. Also, their youngest brother Ryan Cassidy worked on the show in a behind-the-scenes capacity.

On September 12, 2009, it was announced that ABC Family had canceled Ruby & the Rockits.[2] The last episode aired on September 22, 2009.[2]

Contents

Overview

Ruby & The Rockits follows Patrick Gallagher, a former teen icon, who has chosen to lead a quiet life with his wife Audie (herself an ex-'80s music video dancer) and two sons. But when his former Rockits band mate and brother, David, shows up unexpectedly with his new-found teenage daughter in town, the Gallagher family's life becomes anything but normal. David, who refuses to give up his past glory days, comes to Patrick for help raising Ruby while he continues to perform. Patrick must now put the past with David behind them in order to help raise Ruby and keep order within the rest of the Gallagher clan.

Ruby & The Rockits was written by former teen idol Shaun Cassidy and Ed Yeager, with teleplay by Ed Yeager and Marsh McCall. Former teen idol David Cassidy (The Partridge Family), his brother Patrick Cassidy (Smallville), Katie A. Keane, Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), and Austin Butler (Zoey 101) star in the series.

History

ABC Family announced on October 8, 2008 that the pilot had been greenlit[3] and, on February 2, 2009, announced it had ordered 10 episodes for a full season.[4] The series premiere of Ruby & the Rockits was watched by 1.6 million viewers.[5]

In September 2009, ABC Family decided not to order any additional episodes, effectively canceling the series after one season.[2]

Cast

  • Patrick Cassidy as Patrick Gallagher - Ex-Rockit band member now owns a car dealership. Held a grudge with David that caused the Rockits to break up. Married to Audie and father of Jordan and Ben.
  • David Cassidy as David Gallagher - Ex-Rockit member and now works in a Native American casino as a nightly performer. Ruby is his daughter that he placed in the care of his brother and former band mate Patrick.
  • Katie A. Keane as Audie Gallagher - Ex-music video dancer. Met Patrick on the set of a Rockits music video. Married to Patrick and mother to Jordan and Ben.
  • Alexa Vega as Ruby Gallagher - Her mother died when she was 12, so she went to move in with her grandparents, who as she says forgot she was there, so she went to go find her dad. She is a sweet honest girl. She is president of the Dance Committee.
  • Austin Butler as Jordan Gallagher - Jordan is a typical teenage boy. He has a crush on Ruby even though they are cousins. He likes to write songs and play guitar and post them on the internet. He and Ruby often get into trouble by going against Patrick and Audie's wishes.
  • Kurt Doss as Ben Gallagher - The youngest of the family. He is the sarcastic kid of the family. He often teases Jordan for liking Ruby.

Episodes

Critical reception

Ruby & the Rockits received a score of 60 out of 100 from review aggregator Metacritic.[6] Reviews were mixed but generally favorable. Robert Lloyd, from the Los Angeles Times, stated in his review that the show "feels surprisingly ordinary and uninformed, put together out of scraps from the old sitcom drawer."[7] In a review in the New York Daily News, David Hinckley also noted the feeling of a '50s sitcom but, in contrast, said this "isn't totally a bad thing."[8] Hinckley adds that despite the jokes of rock star life, the show "keeps it all remarkably clean and wholesome."[8] Another reviewer says "it’s simple enough for the kids and entertaining enough for the adults."[9]

A review in the Boston Globe stated that Ruby & the Rockits has no right to be as likable as it is, and called the show "a warm intergenerational comedy that never pushes life lessons in your face."[10] Similarly, The Hollywood Reporter's Randee Dawn noted the "same unicorn-and-rainbows flavor Disney has been shilling out for years," but adds that this "makes it practically perfect in every way."[11] In a review for Variety, Brian Lowry called the show "borderline ridiculous" and stated that "there's nothing much to recommend."[12] Furthermore, the Los Angeles Times review said flatly that "it is not especially good."[7]

Music

Each week, a song from the episode is released onto iTunes. As of August 5, 2009, there have been no announcements from ABC Family regarding a full soundtrack album.

  1. "Lost in Your Own Life" (released on June 30, 2009)[13]
  2. "You are Where I Live" (released on July 21, 2009)[14]
  3. "The Way It's Gonna Be" (released on July 28, 2009)[15]
  4. "Forever Your Song" (released on August 4, 2009)[16]
  5. "Too High a Price" (released on August 11, 2009)[17]
  6. "Possibilities" (released on August 18, 2009)[18]
  7. "Now When I Close My Eyes" (released on September 1, 2009)[19]
  8. "Life I Love You, Not " (released on September 8, 2009)

Unreleased songs that have only been featured in the series include:

  1. "Where Should I Be?" (heard on July 21, 2009)
  2. "Lost in Your Own Life (acoustic)" (heard on July 21, 2009)
  3. "Lost in Your Own Life (duet)" (heard on July 21, 2009)
  4. "Only a Dream Lasts Forever" (heard on July 21, 2009)
  5. "Chunnel of Love" (heard on July 28, 2009)
  6. "Let's Make Love" (heard on August 11, 2009)
  7. "Forever Your Song (instrumental)" (heard on August 25, 2009)
  8. "Humming Medley" (heard on September 8, 2009)

References

  1. ^ ABC Family (2009-02-02). "ABC Family Announces Pick-Up Of Three Pilots". Press release. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20090202abcfamily01. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ruby & the Rockits: ABC Family Sitcom Cancelled; No Season Two". TV Series Finale. 2009-09-12. http://tvseriesfinale.com/articles/ruby-and-the-rockits-season-two/. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2009-02-01). "Cassidy brothers' comedy among new ABC Family shows". Reuters/Hollywood Reporter. http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSTRE50T1GS20090202?feedType=RSS&feedName=entertainmentNews. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  4. ^ "Cassidy Bro's 'Ruby & the Rockits' Set for ABC Family". Broadway World. 2009-02-02. http://broadwayworld.com/article/Cassidy_Bros_Ruby_the_Rockits_Set_for_ABC_Family_20090202. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  5. ^ http://tvbythenumbers.com/2009/07/22/%E2%80%9Cruby-the-rockits%E2%80%9D-launches-as-abc-family%E2%80%99s-no-2-comedy-debut-on-record-in-total-viewers/23352
  6. ^ Metacritic reviews
  7. ^ a b Lloyd, Robert (July 21, 2009). "'Ruby & the Rockits'". Los Angeles TImes. Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5n62LALfE. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Hinckley, David (July 21, 2009). "'Ruby and the Rockits'". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5n6hmKKLW. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  9. ^ Glover, Will (July 19, 2009). "ON THE TUBE: Cassidy brothers duel on ABC Family's ‘Ruby & the Rockits'". News Herald. Freedom Communications. Archived from the original on January 26, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5n62YBOCy. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (July 21, 2009). "Easy to get happy with ‘Ruby & the Rockits’". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/mainframe.php. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  11. ^ Dawn, Randee (July 20, 2009). "Ruby and the Rockits -- TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5n6hGwRNx. Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  12. ^ Lowry, Brian (July 20, 2009). "Ruby & the Rockits". Variety. Archived from the original on January 26, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5n62pi0vu. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  13. ^ Lost in Your Own Life - Single
  14. ^ You are Where I Live - Single
  15. ^ The Way It's Gonna Be - Single
  16. ^ Forever Your Song - Single
  17. ^ Too High a Price - Single
  18. ^ Possibilities - Single
  19. ^ Life I Love You, Not - Single

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