Mad Love (TV series)
|Also known as||'True Love'|
|Created by||Matt Tarses|
|Narrated by||Tyler Labine|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
Two Soups Productions|
CBS Television Studios
Sony Pictures Television
CBS Television Distribution (USA)|
Sony Pictures Television (non-USA)
|Original release||February 14 – May 16, 2011|
Kate, Connie, Larry, and Ben are New Yorker thirtysomethings searching for love in the city. When Kate and Ben meet and fall for each other, their friends remain cynical about the relationship. Each episode ends with some of the characters in a bar which they frequent, discussing the events of the day.
The cast describes the show as one about two couples falling in love in very different ways.
Cast and characters
Main cast and characters
- Jason Biggs as Ben Parr
- Sarah Chalke as Kate Swanson
- Judy Greer as Connie Grabowski
- Tyler Labine as Larry Munsch
Recurring cast and characters
- Sarah Wright as Tiffany McDermott
- Hal Williams as Earl
- Martin Starr as Clyde
- Chris Parnell as Dennis Barrett
Development and production
In September 2009, creator Matt Tarses received a new pilot commitment from CBS, and the network green-lit the pilot in January 2010 under the original title True Love. Initial casting announcements begin in February. Minka Kelly was the first actor cast, to play the role of Kate. Ashley Austin Morris joined the cast a few days later as Connie, Kate's cousin and best friend.
In March, Jason Biggs committed to the series to portray Ben. Other casting announcements included Hal Williams, who signed on in early March to play Earl, who works in the observation deck of the Empire State Building where Ben and Kate meet. He was expected to narrate the series, but Tyler Labine ultimately performed that function. Dan Fogler and Sarah Wright were cast a week later. Fogler was added to portray Larry, who is Ben's best friend, with Wright playing Tiffany, a woman who hires Connie to work as a nanny for her children.
Prior to filming the pilot, there were several casting changes. At the end of March, Fogler was replaced by Tyler Labine, who was originally offered the role of Larry but turned it down. In early April, Lizzy Caplan signed on to replace Morris as Connie. The pilot episode was directed by Pamela Fryman.
More casting changes were announced in June. Sarah Chalke joined the cast in the role of Kate, replacing Kelly. A few days later, CBS placed a 13-episode series order. The order was contingent on producers finding a replacement for Caplan, who had only agreed to guest star in the pilot. Caplan described filming the Mad Love pilot as a positive experience, but decided that she preferred and wanted to look for work on shows more similar to her previous series, Party Down. Judy Greer came on board in late June to portray Connie, finalizing the series cast.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|| U.S. viewers|
|1||"Fireworks"||Pamela Fryman||Matt Tarses||February 14, 2011||8.74|
|Ben and Kate, two single New Yorkers, accidentally meet each other at the top of the Empire State Building and decide to make a date for later that night. Before the date Kate and Ben decide to bring their best friends, Connie and Larry to try and see if they could fall in love too, but after they meet for the first time, they instantly despise each other.|
|2||"Friends and Other Obstacles"||Scott Ellis||Rob DesHotel||February 21, 2011||7.99|
|Ben and Kate go on their first official date, but Larry and Connie keep getting in the way.|
|3||"The Kate Gatsby"||Rob Schiller||Adrian Wenner||February 28, 2011||7.90|
|It's Kate's birthday and Ben tries to find the perfect birthday present.|
|4||"Little Sister, Big City"||Mark Cendrowski||Jared Miller||March 7, 2011||7.27|
|An overprotective Kate seems to forget that her younger sister Julia (Brittany Snow) is no longer a kid. Larry and Connie decide to be each other's wingmen.|
|5||"To Munsch or Not to Munsch"||Beth McCarthy-Miller||Corey Nickerson||March 14, 2011||6.45|
|Ben helps Connie with her nanny job in an attempt to befriend his girlfriend's best friend. Larry breaks up with women by avoiding them until they leave him, and Kate is determined to change his ways.|
|6||"The Spy Who Loved Me"||Rob Schiller||Josh Malmuth||March 21, 2011||6.53|
|Kate spies on Ben , with the building's security cameras, when he's forced to work late nights with an ex-girlfriend, while Larry uses the cameras to track the movements of a mysterious woman.|
|7||"Baby, You Can Drive My Car"||Beth McCarthy-Miller||Corey Nickerson||March 28, 2011||5.54|
|While on a road trip to sell Ben's car, Kate accidentally crashes the car, forcing everyone to share a room for the night.|
|8||"Paw and Order"||Beth McCarthy-Miller||Leila Strachan||April 11, 2011||5.48|
|Connie dates a police officer in an attempt to get out of a traffic ticket. Kate accidentally loses her boss's dog.|
|9||"Pub Quiz"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Rob Sheridan||April 18, 2011||5.62|
|Ben and Larry are forced to jump through hoops by an obnoxious client. Larry choose to participate in an annual pub quiz instead, risking both the account and his friendship with Ben.|
|10||"The Young and The Reckless"||Scott Ellis||Rob Sheridan||April 25, 2011||5.53|
|Ben and Kate try to be more spontaneous on a day that Ben has to make an important speech. One thing leads to another and eventually Ben loses his pants, has to wear Larry's suit, and has no copy of his speech. Kate gives Ben his speech but Ben discovers that he doesn't need it. Meanwhile Connie has a book idea which does not go well. She then uses Larry's idea which allows her to come back for another interview. The episode ends with her trying to thank Larry.|
|11||"The Secret Life of Larry"||Gail Mancuso||Peter Begler||May 2, 2011||5.71|
|When Larry loses Connie's camera they go over the entire city looking for it. Connie is very mad at Larry in the beginning of the day, but soon realizes that he is not all bad.|
|12||"Friends"||Gail Mancuso||Rob DesHotel||May 9, 2011||5.11|
|When Tiffany decides to leave New York because of her divorce, it means Connie must find a new job.|
|13||"After The Fireworks"||Gail Mancuso||Adrian Wenner||May 16, 2011||5.73|
|Kate's ex-boyfriend reveals some shocking information that could put her relationship with Ben in jeopardy, and Connie and Larry's fake date takes a very real turn.|
- Pavan -- SitcomsOnline.com (2011-01-25). "NATPE 2011: Day 2 Has Original Sitcoms; CBS Moves Up Mad Love Premiere - SitcomsOnline.com News Blog". Blog.sitcomsonline.com. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
- Schneider, Michael (June 3, 2010). "More 'Mad Love' for CBS". Variety. Archived from the original on June 28, 2010.
- "The Defenders Cancelled by CBS; $#*! My Dad Says Cancelled by CBS; Mad Love Cancelled by CBS - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
- "Development Update: Monday, September 14". The Futon Critic. September 14, 2009. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- Andreeva, Nellie (January 5, 2010). "Fox, CBS pick up pilots". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 8, 2010). "Minka Kelly falls for 'True Love' pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- "Development Update: Thursday, February 11". The Futon Critic. February 11, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- Labrecque, Jeff (March 10, 2010). "Pilots nab Judy Greer, Jason Biggs, Jerry O'Connell". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
- "Development Update: Friday, March 5". The Futon Critic. March 5, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- "Development Update: Wednesday, March 10". The Futon Critic. March 10, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- Andreeva, Nellie (June 4, 2010). "Sarah Chalke To Star In CBS' 'Mad Love'". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- Porter, Rick (March 30, 2010). "Tyler Labine finds 'True Love,' 'Melrose Place' star moves on". Zap2it. Tribune Media Services. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- Andreeva, Nellie (March 29, 2010). "Tyler Labine joins CBS pilot 'True Love'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- "Development Update: Friday, April 9". The Futon Critic. April 9, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- Schneider, Michael (June 26, 2010). "Judy Greer finds 'Mad Love'". Variety. Archived from the original on June 28, 2010.
- Andreeva, Nellie (June 26, 2010). "Judy Greer Joins CBS' Comedy 'Mad Love,' Which Is Now A Go For A Midseason Run". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- Sepinwall, Alan (2010-07-02). "Interview: Lizzy Caplan on the Party Down cancellation". Hitfix.com. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
- Gorman, Bill (February 15, 2011). "Monday Finals: No Ratings Adjustments For Mad Love, Chuck Or Any Other Shows". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
- Seidman, Robert (February 23, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: The Bachelor and Hawaii Five-0 Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for Chuck". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 23, 2011.
- Gorman, Bill (March 1, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: The Bachelor, The Cape Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
- Seidman, Robert (March 8, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: The Chicago Code Adjusted Down; Two and a Half Men Repeat Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for The Event". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 9, 2011.
- Gorman, Bill (March 15, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Harry's Law' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment For 'Chuck,' 'The Event' Or Any Other New Show". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- Seidman, Robert (March 22, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Castle,' 'The Chicago Code' Adjusted Down; Dancing Stars, 'How I Met Your Mother' Adjusted Up; 'Chuck' Stays Low". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
- Gorman, Bill (March 29, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Castle' Adjusted Down, Still A Season High; 'Dancing With The Stars' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
- Gorman, Bill (April 12, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Dancing With The Stars,' 'Hawaii Five-0' Adjusted Up; 'Castle' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- Seidman, Robert (April 19, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'The Chicago Code,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Gossip Girl' Adjusted Down; 'Mike & Molly,' 'Mad Love,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'DWTS' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
- Gorman, Bill (April 26, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Dancing With The Stars' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
- Seidman, Robert (May 3, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Dancing With The Stars,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Mike & Molly,' 'Hawaii Five-0' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
- Gorman, Bill (May 10, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Chuck,' 'Dancing,' 'House,' 'Mother,' 'Mad Love,' 'Mike & Molly' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
- Seidman, Robert (May 18, 2011). "Monday Final Ratings: 'Dancing,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Mad Love,' 'Mike & Molly' Adjusted Up; 'The Chicago Code' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 18, 2011.