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Watching Ellie

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TV Series

The Resume

    (February 26, 2002-May 20, 2003)
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Eleanor 'Ellie' Riggs
    Lauren Bowles as Susan
    Darren Boyd as Ben
    Steve Carell as Edgar
    Don Lake as Dr. Zimmerman
    Peter Stormare as Ingvar
    Fred Willard as Fred
    Creator: Brad Hall
    Number of episodes: 19 (16 aired)
    Premise: Continuous 22 minute segment in the life of a Los Angeles vocal starlet

Why Watching Ellie might be annoying:

    Originally scheduled for the 2001-2002 Fall TV season, but with no pilot and not even a script it was moved back to become a mid season replacement.
    The countdown clock tended be a distraction. By episode eight, the count down clock was only shown for a few seconds just before and after a commercial break and eventually completely removed.
    It tried to profit off of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' portrayal of Elaine on 'Seinfeld,' slightly changing her name to Ellie. Like Elaine, the character was a strong single woman.
    The title character was Eleanor Rigg, also an obvious rip off of the Beatle's 'Eleanor Rigby.'
    It did way less than expected in the ratings and was not asked back to begin the 2002-03 season. It eventually limped to death with two months of episodes in April 2003.
    Ellie's boyfriend was married to another woman.
    Talk about nepotism, Julia's husband Brad Hall created the show, and her real sister portrayed her sister.
    The original title was '23 Minutes and 12 Seconds in the Life of Eleanor Riggs' but the show was shaved to 22 minutes.
    The character of Edgar, quickly gets on your nerves.
    They attempted to exploit Julia Louis-Dreyfus with her appearing in her bra and low cut mini-dress for much of the first episode.
    Although nineteen episodes were shot, only sixteen were aired. The final three episodes of season one were not shown.

Why Watching Ellie might not be annoying:

    It tried a novel idea of putting a count down clock in the lower left corner, starting at 22 minutes.
    It was shot in real time using a single camera shoot, meaning a 22 minute episode was 22 continuous minutes in their life.
    For the second season, they stopped using the single camera only, concept.
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus performed the show's theme song in the second season.

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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 7 Votes: 85.71% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 10 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 4 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 12 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 21 Votes: 85.71% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 11 Votes: 90.91% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 18 Votes: 83.33% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 59 Votes: 72.88% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 51 Votes: 74.51% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 83 Votes: 75.90% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 107 Votes: 72.90% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 179 Votes: 86.03% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 91 Votes: 85.71% Annoying