Thursday, September 1, 2011

From Primetime to Daytime: Even Stevens (2000)

Even Stevens has largely been forgotten in the discussion of Disney's family of modern-day sitcoms for teens and young adults. However, it served as a launching pad for two of its stars when it bowed on the Disney Channel in 2000. The series would later enjoy two brief runs on ABC, the second as a mid-season replacement after Fillmore! was dismissed in February 2005.

Most fans are familiar with Shia LeBeouf (Louis) from his recent movies, such as the "Transformers" trilogy. But even the biggest stars have to start somewhere. The same goes for Christy Carlson Romano, whom you'll see in the following clip as Renee, Louis' older sister. Most of you know Christy better as the voice of Kim Possible, and granted, she did get a lot more mileage out of that series. However, Christy hasn't been heard from much since Possible ended 4 years ago.

The one quibble I've had with the Disney sitcoms in general is that ABC could've done a lot better to promote them, rather than just pigeonhole them into the Saturday morning block. A case could've been made to have Stevens and other series, such as Lizzie McGuire, also air in primetime on the network, say, for example, on either Fridays or Sundays. Like, let's face it, while people still like America's Funniest Home Videos, that series peaked years ago, and now exists to give Tom Bergeron (ex-Hollywood Squares) something to do in between cycles of Dancing With The Stars.

Anyway, Christy is front & center in this clip from "A Very Scary Story". Uploaded by Justin James:

I guess Renee had as much trouble with Louis as Kim Possible did with her "tweebs" and/or Ron Stoppable......

Rating: B.


Pokey said...

Boy, didn't know that Ren [C.C.ROmano's] character's full name was Renee. I had assumed it always stood for Karen.

Excellent post. Also funny that the pesky, goofy brother Louis, aka Shia LaBeouf, would be in those Transformers movies, Disturbia, and Eagle Eye to name JUST a FEW, would eclispe Christy Carlson Romano----his "more perfect", nagging, fussy, petty, older sis Renee as the big star [though Miss Romano's been pretty well known as Kim Possible., of course, since 2002.]

hobbyfan said...

I had to change the clip in the first post due to the fact that the original video was taken down when the poster terminated his account.

@Pokey: I made the assumption that Ren was short for Renee, because it made the most sense.