Guest Author - Edie Dykeman
The New Adventures of Old Christine is a successful award-winning situation comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Seinfeld fame.
The show first aired March 13, 2006 on CBS with a strong successful run until CBS abruptly changed the time slot during the second season. After returning the show to its original time slot for the third season, the series slowly regained its original viewers. The Writers Guild of America disrupted season 3, therefore only 10 episodes were produced instead of the usual 22 episodes.
After a successful fourth season, on May 20, 2009, CBS announced the renewal of The New Adventures of Old Christine for a full 22-episode fifth season. This announcement came shortly after ABC said they would pick up the show for a full season if CBS decided to drop the show.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays a divorced mom of one son, Richie (Trevor Gagnon), by ex-husband Richard (Clark Gregg). Christine obtained the moniker Old Christine when Richard began dating another woman named Christine (Emily Rutherford), whom he called New Christine to differentiate between the two.
Christine lives with her son and her brother Matthew (Hamish Linklater). She owns a women’s gym with the help of best friend Barb, hilariously played by comedian Wanda Sykes.
Richie attends a snobbish private school where Christine must contend with a couple of “mean moms,” ably played by Tricia O’Kelley and Alex Kapp Horner. Christine’s troubles with the women are made more difficult because of her low self-esteem. Much of the humor of the show revolves around Christine’s relationships with her ex-husband, the men she dates, and the women who are in her life.
The show has enjoyed a strong supporting cast. Several of the main players include Sad Stan (Andy Richter), a divorced father who Christine finds irresistible; Jeff Hunter (Scott Bakula), an early love interest until she found out he was the father of New Christine (awkward!); Daniel Harris (Blair Underwood), a former teacher of Ritchie’s who gave up his position at the school to date Christine; and Ali (Amy Farrington), a faithful and funny worker at the gym. Numerous additional supporting cast members add to the rich flavor of the show.
Guest stars include Jason Alexander, an old Seinfeld cohort, Sandra Bernhard, Megan Mullally, Ed Begley, Jr., and Rachael Harris, among others.
The New Adventures of Old Christine was created by Kari Lizer, also the show’s executive producer. Although the show sometimes seems a little outlandish at times, the characters experience much the same as people in real life. Viewers can see themselves in the relationship challenges that the actors experience in such a way that they are able to laugh at the situations, and ultimately, themselves.
Barring unexpected time slot changes or a letdown in the writing, this popular sitcom could run for sometime, much to the relief of avid viewers of the show.