Bram & Alice

Jim 2000s

Aired: 2002 CBS Bram and Alice

DAD: Bram Shepherd (Alfred Molina) / Single Guy

DAD’S JOB: Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

KIDS: Alice O’Connor (Traylor Howard)/ 20-something aspiring writer

WHERE’S MOM?: Unknown

STAND-IN “MOM”: Unknown

Shaky on whether or not Dad is truly not just a mentor. We must talk about this.

Oh, and CBS really doesn’t return phone calls about this series, so I have no clue on the production. Since it’s a Sunday-night TV Single Dad show on CBS, expect peril. Remember The Education of Max Bickford?

Here’s the CBS spin from the press release:

BRAM AND ALICE is a comedy about the shaky relationship between an incorrigible scoundrel of a novelist and his devoted fan, who suddenly learn they are father and daughter. Bram Shepherd (Alfred Molina) is a renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has coasted on his reputation for years, but is still required reading on campuses throughout the country. Alice O’Connor (Traylor Howard) is an idealistic young woman on the verge of abandoning her dream of becoming a writer and returning to Vermont when she learns that her idol, Shepherd, is her father. Their first meeting is a disaster: Bram inadvertently confesses he never wanted a child and barely remembers he ever fathered one. Alice perceives Bram as a fast-talking, hard-drinking woman-chaser, all of which he is. Nonetheless, they decide to forge a relationship and Alice agrees to move into Bram’s New York apartment. Also in their world are Paul Newman (Roger Bart), a level-headed assistant who tries to keep Bram on an even keel; Michael (Michael Rispoli), a former Catholic priest who serves cocktails along with wry advice in the bar on the ground floor of Bram’s apartment building; and Katie (Katie Finneran), an eccentric, self-centered neighbor with a mysterious Japanese boyfriend. Now that a new page has been turned, Bram and Alice will have to make some adjustments in order to write the next chapter in their very different lives, or, at least, to get along as father and daughter and roommates.

Update November 11, 2002: Bram is toast. And I didn’t even get a chance to see an episode of it!Ta-ta, Shepherd family!

Update: Gold Level Alert Viewer Varakorn gives us the lowdown on a sample episode –

“So just a few days back, I saw an ep of the show whose plot can be summed up in one line. Bram saying to Paul (the guy Alice lives with) that Paul’s supposed to work for the guy who beat him in a poker game. Anyhow, fast forward to the end, and we have Bram giving Alice to said person to take her to a jazz concert. We then have this brief conversation between Bram and Paul where Paul says something like “You pimped *your daughter* to buy me my freedom. It’s the nicest thing you’ve ever done for me.” Then about 30 secs after she left, Alice storms back in, saying (to the effect of) the guy was a total idiot (typical sitcom fare, eh?). Hope this clears things up”

A wave of the Fran Drescher Memorial Feather Duster to Varakorn for the episode blurb. Thanks again, Varakorn!