When NBC announced that it had picked up the one-hour comedy, “Love Bites,” for the fall 2010 schedule, anticipation was high among the media and viewers.
It boasted a stellar cast including “Ugly Betty’s” Becki Newton and “My Boys” actress Jordana Spiro, a unique premise in its anthology-style format, and the creative promise of Emmy-winning “Sex and the City” executive producer Cindy Chupack. Yet, the series has hit a few bumps in the road to our TV screens. Since then it was pushed to mid-season and then finally to the summer schedule premiering Thursday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
Since its original pick up announcement, the series lost Spiro, who was still on contract with TBS, and Chupack suddenly demoted herself from EP to writer citing personal issues and the show’s workload among her reasons. And news of Newton’s pregnancy and casting in another pilot seemed to indicate that the show was in danger of losing her, as well. Not only did the media and viewers begin to believe we would never see the show, the stars admit they had some worries, as well.
“Heroes” star Greg Grunberg, who was promoted to a regular after shooting the pilot, has made it known that he grew tired of waiting for “Love Bites” to air. In January, he even signed on to “Big Mike,” another pilot for A&E, which is still waiting for a pick up order from the network.
“I booked [“Love Bites”] right after my Bar Mitzvah, I was 13,” Grunberg, who plays married tattoo artist, Judd, jokes. “I mean, let me just put it this way, I had to go and refresh my memory on some of this stuff. This is the nature of TV…”
“We shot through December of last year,” Constance Zimmer, who plays Judd’s tough-as-nails wife, Colleen, adds. “So, you know, we’re like six months delayed. But, you know, for us, we thought the show was never going to air.”
Thankfully for them and those of us who have been waiting impatiently to see this unique experiment, “Love Bites” is finally making its debut. The one-hour show explores its characters’ tussles with love and dating in three separate and what we found to be entertaining vignettes with a thin line that connects the stories in some way. The series employs a parade of guest stars to help tell the stories, including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Craig Robinson, Lindsay Price, Charlyne Yi, and Michelle Trachtenberg.
“What’s nice about the show is everybody is dealing with love in different ways,” Zimmer says. “So whether it’s the love of a father and son or a mother and son or whether it’s the love of sister and brother or whether it’s the love of, you know, a couple that’s been together for 50 years or a couple that’s been together for six months…”
“Or a woman and her vibrator,” Grunberg interjects. “There’s that love too.”
Indeed one of the three vignettes in the premiere deals with a woman’s newfound love of her sex toy. Will you be checking in to “Love Bites” to see what all the buzz is about?