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[05/06/03 - 12:00 AM]
The WB Sets 'O'Keefes' Date
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) - "The O'Keefes," the WB's long delayed comedy series, has a start date. The sitcom, which stars Judge Reinhold and Kirsten Nelson as overprotective parents, will debut Thursday, May 22 at 8:30/7:30c.

Here's how the WB describes the series:

MEET THE O�KEEFES - Harry (Judge Reinhold, "Beverly Hills Cop") and Ellie O�Keefe (Kirsten Nelson) are loving but eccentric parents who�ve home schooled their three children to protect them from the loud and libidinal world. Despite a ban on all things pop culture, teenagers Danny (Joseph Cross, "Jack Frost") and Lauren (Tania Raymonde, "Malcolm in the Middle") and younger brother Mark (Matt Weinberg) are growing increasingly curious about what lies beyond the walls of their school/dining room. When Harry finally gives in and agrees to send Danny and Lauren to the local public high school, they get a crash course in how outside world works. Based on the life of series creator and executive producer Mark O�Keefe, the pilot was written by O�Keefe and directed by Andy Ackerman.

The Frog had originally planned to air the series at midseason but due to its abundance of comedies it was pushed to a summer run. This isn't the first time the WB has held one of its comedies until after the regular season: "Katie Joplin," which starred Park Overall as a radio host, was shelved during the 1998-99 season until August 1999. Eight episodes of "The O'Keefes" have been completed.





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