To fortify its fall lineup, ABC has greenlighted a new comedy series entitled Sam I Am. The pilot is slated to follow the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars on Monday nights at 9:30/8:30c.
Sam I Am follows the life of a 30-year old psychiatrist named Sam, who has to rediscover her life, her relationships and herself after getting retrograde amnesia following a hit and run accident. After an eight-day coma, she wakes up but can’t remember anything about her own life. In an attempt to find out who she is (or what her life used to be), she tries to unearth clues but is hindered by her parents and friends, who seem to have something to conceal from her. She discovers that she has been a self-centered and rude person, and has had more foes than friends. Eventually, she finds out that her so-called “accident” was actually an attempted murder.
Read on to find out more about the cast.
Leading the pilot is Christina Applegate as Samantha “Sam” Newly. Applegate is popularly known for playing Kelly Bundy on the sitcom Married…with Children. She has since acquired major roles in films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity. Her other acting credits include Jesse, The Sweetest Thing, and Friends.
Barry Watson stars as Sam’s boyfriend, Todd. This 33-year actor is most notable for his role as Matt Camden on the family drama 7th Heaven. He has also starred in his own series entitled What About Brian, in which he played the lead character Brian Davis.
Jennifer Esposito stars as Sam’s best friend, Andrea. This Brooklyn-born actress and dancer is known for her appearance on Law & Order, Spin City, and in films like I Still Know What You Did last Summer and Crash.
Kevin Dunn stars as Howard Newly, Sam’s father. This 51-year old actor has appeared in supporting roles in numerous films like Mad Love, Dave, Snake Eyes, Stir of Echoes, Small Soldiers and on the mini series The Beach Boys: An American Family as Murry Wilson.
Jean Smart stars as Regina Newly, Sam’s mother. Smart is an Emmy-award winning actress who has appeared on Frasier, 24, and Center of the Universe. She has also graced the film industry with movies like The Kid, Sweet Home Alabama, and Bringing Down the House.
Melissa McCarthy stars as Dena. This 37-year old native of Illinois has appeared on Gilmore Girls as Sookie St. James. In addition, she has also acquired minor roles in the silver screen with films like The Kid, The Life of David Gale and Charlie’s Angels.
Tim Russ stars as Frank. Russ is best known for his role as Lieutenant Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager. Apart from starring in a number of Star Trek franchises, he has also appeared on ER, Twenty Good Years, and Murphy Brown.
Co-created by Don Todd and Cecelia Ahern, Sam I Am is produced by Peter Traugott through ABC Studios.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Photo Courtesy of ABC)