Television that Home Video Forgot: Starved (2005)


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Created by Eric Schaeffer

Produced by Daniel Hank

Aired on FX for 1 season (7 episodes) from August 4, 2005 – September 15, 2005


Eric Schaeffer as Sam

Laura Benanti as Billie Frasier

Sterling K. Brown as Adam Williams

Del Pentecost as Dan Roundtree

Show Premise

A group of four New York friends, each suffering from eating disorders, attend meetings at “Belt Tighteners”, an independent support group that uses shame based techniques to help improve their eating habits. The group centers mainly on Sam, a commodities trader who is anorexic who compulsively overeats a special brand of chocolate snack. He is in love with his bisexual friend Billie, a local singer/songwriter, who is an alcoholic as well as an anorexic bulimic. They frequent a local diner with pals Dan and Adam to discuss their food issues after their meetings. Dan is a novelist who is afraid that his weight is affecting his marriage,
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Gravity: Starz Cancels TV Series; No Season Two

Pay-for-view channel Starz has announced that Gravity won't be back for a second year. The show completed its run last week after just 10 episodes.

Gravity is a dramatic comedy that follows a group from an eccentric out-patient program for suicide survivors. Co-created by Eric Schaeffer and Jill Franklyn, the cast includes Schaeffer, Ivan Sergei, James Martinez, Krysten Ritter, Rachel Hunter, Robyn Cohen, Seth Numrich, and Ving Rhames.

Starz had high hopes for the series but it just never caught on. The season (now series) finale attracted an invisible 0.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic and just 54,000 viewers. To no surprise, Starz has admitted that neither Gravity nor Party Down will be returning for another round.

In a statement, Stephan Shelanski, Starz' executive VP of programming, said, "After careful consideration, we've decided not to continue on with subsequent seasons
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Trailer of 'Gravity' and Season 2 of 'Party Down'

Starz, an American premium cable network, has released the trailer of its two upcoming half-hour TV series online. We're introduced to the first season of Gravity, a show created by Jill Franklyn and Eric Schaeffer, and the second season of Party Down, a sitcom created by John Enbom, Dan Etheridge and Paul Rudd.

In Gravity, we follow the sometimes comic, sometimes tragic exploits of a group from an eccentric out-patient program of suicide survivors. Lily Champagne (Krysten Ritter) is a twenty-something clinically depressed outcast looking for the love that her father never gave her. Robert Collingsworth (Ivan Sergei), an ophthalmologist, is despondent following the cancer death of his wife and becomes an internet celebrity when his suicide attempt goes comically awry. Miller (Eric Schaeffer), an NYPD cop, seems to be everywhere Lily is. Dogg McFee (Ving Rhames), the group’s leader and a former Major League Baseball player, is now confined to a wheelchair.
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'Party Down' books an April premiere

"Party Down" will be back on Starz in the spring, and it's bringing another round of guest stars along for the ride.

The show about L.A. cater-waiters will premiere on April 23, where it will be paired with Starz's new show "Gravity." Season 2 will pick up a few months after the end of the first season, with Henry (Adam Scott) now in charge of the Party Down team, Casey (Lizzy Caplan) back from her cruise-ship gig and Ron (Ken Marino) having gone off the deep end after his Soup R' Crackers dream disintegrates.

The show will also feature new regular Megan Mullally as Lydia Dunfree, a new member of the catering crew who's moved to Los Angeles in an attempt to make her 14-year-old daughter a star. She takes over for "Glee's" Jane Lynch, who'll return for the season finale as her character, Constance, gets married.

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Starz's 'Gravity' pulls down four

Starz's 'Gravity' pulls down four
Starz has assembled the cast of its upcoming half-hour dramedy "Gravity."

Krysten Ritter, Ivan Sergei, Ving Rhames and Rachel Hunter are set to star in the 10-episode ensemble series, formerly known as "Failure to Fly." It is slated to premiere in the spring.

Created by Eric Schaeffer and Jill Franklyn, "Gravity" revolves around a group from an eccentric outpatient program of suicide survivors.

Ritter ("Breaking Bad") plays Lily Champagne, a twentysomething clinically depressed outcast looking for the love that her father never gave her. Sergei ("The Break-Up") plays Robert Collingsworth, an ophthalmologist who is despondent following the cancer death of his wife and becomes an Internet celebrity when his suicide attempt goes comically awry.

Multihyphenate Schaeffer co-stars as Miller, an NYPD cop who seems to be everywhere Lily is.

Rhames plays Dogg McFee, the group's leader and a former big-league baseball player who is confined to a wheelchair. Hunter portrays Shawna Rollins,
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