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What About Brian 

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From the producers of Lost and Alias and the screenwriter of City of Angels and For Love of the Game comes a contemporary, heartwarming ensemble show about a group of supportive friends in ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Barry Watson ...  Brian Davis 24 episodes, 2006-2007
Matthew Davis ...  Adam Hillman 24 episodes, 2006-2007
Rick Gomez ...  Dave Greco 24 episodes, 2006-2007
Rosanna Arquette ...  Nicole Varzi / ... 24 episodes, 2006-2007
Amanda Detmer ...  Deena Greco 24 episodes, 2006-2007
Payton Spencer ...  Geneva 22 episodes, 2006-2007
Mikaila Baumel ...  Larissa 22 episodes, 2006-2007
Jason George ...  Jimmy 18 episodes, 2006-2007
Sarah Lancaster ...  Marjorie Seaver 17 episodes, 2006-2007
Amanda Foreman ...  Ivy 17 episodes, 2006-2007
Ava White Ava White ...  Baby Carrie / ... 12 episodes, 2006-2007
Olivia White Olivia White ...  Baby Carrie / ... 12 episodes, 2006-2007
Krista Allen ...  Bridget Keller 11 episodes, 2006-2007
Rachelle Lefevre ...  Heather / ... 11 episodes, 2006-2007
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From the producers of Lost and Alias and the screenwriter of City of Angels and For Love of the Game comes a contemporary, heartwarming ensemble show about a group of supportive friends in various stages of romantic relationships and friendships living in Los Angeles. There are the just-married Nic and Angelo, the seemingly happily married Dave and Deena and the newly-engaged Marjorie and Adam. But -- what about Brian? Of this close-knit group of friends, everyone else has paired off, while Brian has emerged as the last bachelor standing. At 34, regardless of his run of bad luck in matters of the heart, Brian still holds out hope that one day he'll open the door and be blinded by love. However questions about his fate have been popping up more frequently in his head. The most pressing question is - and it's one that only he can answer -- could all of his problems stem from the fact that he is harboring a crush on the picture-perfect Marjorie, his best friend's girl? Adam, Brian's best... Written by Touchstone Television

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English

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16 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Yes, we've been here before, but under the eyes of Stevens and Abrams "Brian" manages to distinguish itself
10 June 2007 | by liquidcelluloid-1See all my reviews

Network: ABC; Genre: Drama; Romance; Content Rating: TV-14 (some sexual content); Perspective: Contemporary (star range: 1 - 4);

Seasons Reviewed: Season 2 Picking up with the 2nd and final season of Dana Stevens' "What About Brian", the show starts to make a switch from being about a group of couples and the one guy who just won't settle down to a show about several relationships spiraling out of control. It is a smart and welcome change to say the least. Our hero Brian (Barry Watson, "7th Heaven") returns from a sabbatical and near-death experience in time to suffer through the wedding of his best friend, lawyer Adam (Matthew Davis) and his love Marjorie (Sarah Lancaster). Meanwhile, his video game business partner Dave (Rick Gomez, the highlight of the series) and his adorable wife Deena (Amanda Detmer)'s marriage is falling apart. His sister, Nicole (Rosanna Arquette) is still pregnant and about ready to pop.

"Brian" is not my cup of tea as it isn't the cup of tea of most people given how viciously maligned the show has been by what I can only describe as "the Family Guy crowd". As that rare breed of relationship drama, this is a slick, sophisticated adult series. Once the show gets past the done-to-death disrupted wedding episode, the show starts branching out. Brian is the least interesting character in this crowd, played like he doesn't know what to do next by Watson, and the further the show goes into the rest of the ensemble, the better it gets.

Stevens and powerhouse producer J.J. Abrams work to keep the show distinct. There is a richness to it, a depth and realism to the characters and situations. Some of the women are annoying and some of the men are idiots, but it really doesn't feel contrived. Stevens has clearly poured her heart into it and it comes through. Abrams seems to be keeping everything on track. There is some stunt casting toward the end to get the ratings up, but how can you complain with the addition of Krista Allen, Rachelle Lefevre, Stacy Kiebler and Tiffani Amber-Theissan to the cast.

The more entangled the love and work lives of these characters become, the juicer the show gets. A lot is laid out in this final season, and yes we've seen it all before - "Brian" is not entirely immune to it's criticism - but that doesn't mean that it can't be done well no matter how many wedding episodes, birthing episodes, buddies-in-jail episodes, and secret-affair episodes we've seen. There isn't a lot you can say about it, but "Brian" isn't the disaster people wanted it to be. It looks good and it sounds good. I don't like this type of series and I liked it. That says something.

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