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Miss Guided

Miss Guided is an ABC network sitcom series created by Caroline Williams, which aired from March 18 to April 3, 2008, lasting for one season & 7 episodes.

It was produced by Katalyst Media and 20th Century Fox Television.

Plot

The series follows the life of Becky Freeley, a guidance counselor who works at the same high school she attended when she was a teenager.

Cast

  • Judy Greer as Rebecca "Becky" Freeley
  • Earl Billings as Phil Huffy

Brooke Burns as Lisa Germain

  • Kristoffer Polaha as Tim O'Malley
  • Chris Parnell as Bruce Terry

Production

Caroline Williams penned the script for the show (originally called "Miss/Guided") which was then developed by Katalyst Films, Ashton Kutcher's Studio at 20th Century Fox Television.

The ABC network then ordered the pilot to be made in August of 2006.

After the pilot was shot ABC ordered the show to series on May 13, 2007, ordering an additional six episodes two days before its formal upfront presentation for the fall television season.

At the upfronts, the show wasn't given any formal timeslot, instead being held by the network for a mid-season debut. It completed all of its original seven episode order prior to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.

Prior to its first airing, the show's title was changed to "Miss Guided", losing the "'/'" from its original title.

Gabrielle Allen (of "Scrubs") was hired as the original show runner with Todd Holland committed to direct the pilot. Kutcher, Jason Goldberg and Karey Burke would serve as the shows executive producers alongside Holland and Allen.

Creator Caroline Williams would serve as the show's co-executive producer.

In June 2007, Gabrielle Allen left her production role and Rob Thomas was announced as the new showrunner of the series, but left the show after only a few weeks due to creative differences over the show's tone; he was replaced by Mark Hudis, who previously worked as the show runner on "That '70s Show".

Casting

In October of 2006, Judy Greer was cast in the lead role of Becky. This was soon followed by Brooke Burns as Lisa, Kristoffer Polaha as Tim, Earl Billings as Principal Huffy and Jonathan Sadowski as Gary, the school's male nurse.

Following the changes to the show runners, Chris Parnell was cast as a regular in the show as Bruce, originally planned to be a rival guidence counselor to Becky.

The character was later changed to the vice principal of the school, while Jonathan Sadowski was let go from his role of Gary.

Critical Reception

"Miss Guided" received a 63 out of 100 on Metacritic, (indicating "generally favorable reviews") with the most positive review coming from Entertainment Weekly saying: "MG is wonderfully absurd and the supporting cast is satisfyingly straight-faced" while the most negative review from Variety said "Beyond Greer's latter-day Mary Tyler Moore shtick, there's not a note or character that doesn't feel warmed over."

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