Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tooniversary: Baby Blues (2000)

While the comic strip, Baby Blues, continues on in newspapers across the country, some folks might've forgotten a short-lived summer replacement series that aired on the WB in 2000.

The network ordered the standard 13 episodes of Baby Blues, but pulled the plug after 2 months due to dismal ratings, as the show aired on Sundays, opposite The Simpsons on Fox. Comedian and former Nickelodeon personality Mike O'Malley (ex-Nickelodeon GUTS) had turned to acting, and was part of the ensemble cast that also included Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show), Nicole Sullivan & Phil LaMarr (MadTV), and Julia Sweeney (ex-Saturday Night Live). The theme song, heard in the following video, is the Barenaked Ladies' "It's All Been Done".

After WB dropped Blues, the network kept it in the vaults until sister network Cartoon Network's [adult swim] division acquired the show and burned off the remaining episodes. It's since gone back in the vaults. Why [as] and not CN proper? For some idiotic reason, the WB decided to make the cartoon a little more adult than its print counterpart, and for all intents & purposes, that killed the show.

No rating.


magicdog said...

I actually caught this show before it went to AS and it wasn't bad. There were two eps which stood out for me:

One was about the husband being a bit jealous of a guy who stole his girlfriend in HS. He was the "apathetic bad boy" type which made girls go nuts over him (there's a sub plot in which the neighbor's son imitates this to comedic effect as it lands him a girl posse of his own). He went to the HS for closure, wondering if he made the right decisions, etc. and found the guy. He was the janitor now and was changing urinal cakes for a living. He felt vindicated since he was a white collar guy and had such a great family.

The other was when Drew Carey himself appeared. He was the boyfriend of the couple's babysitter. He showed her how important math was when he calculated how to get the car to fly over a ramp away from danger. Pretty funny that.

hobbyfan said...

Shows how much I missed, eh?