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[DVD Review] Rita Rocks - The Complete Season One

26 April 2010 2:45 PM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Over the years sketch comedy shows, the likes of SNL and MADtv, have proved themselves a spawning ground for gifted young writers and comedians, often serving as a launch pad for successful solo careers on both the small and the big screen. Yet it's a testament to the differing quality between those two shows that the likes of Steve Carell and Tina Fey have risen to such dizzying television heights as The Office and 30 Rock, Nicole Sullivan, arguably MADtv's most successful alumni finds herself fronting shows on The Lifetime Network in relative anonymity.

The story of one under appreciated wife and mother, Rita Rocks is something of role-reversal King of Queens, which is ironic considering Sullivan had a six-year recurring stint as a neurotic friend of the Heffernans. Here the husband, Jay (Richard Ruccolo), is the buttoned down one and Sullivan's Rita the scatterbrain. Stuck in a dead-end job, »

- Neil Pedley

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Rita Rocks: Lifetime Sitcom Cancelled, No Season Three

13 January 2010 6:08 AM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Lifetime has decided to cancel their original sitcom, Rita Rocks, after two seasons.

Rita Rocks revolves around an overworked wife and mother who tries to balance the many different aspects of her life, including being in a local rock band. The series stars Nicole Sullivan in the title role with Richard Ruccolo, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Natalie Dreyfuss, Kelly Gould, and Raviv Ullman rounding out the cast.

The show was initially ordered as a companion for reruns of Reba with an eye towards amassing enough episodes to run it five nights a week.

The series debuted in October of 2008 with a 20 episode season. In March 2009, Rita Rocks was renewed for a second season of 20 more installments.

  JoAnn Alfano, executive VP for entertainment at Lifetime, said, "Rita Rocks is the first original comedy that Lifetime »


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