Back to You

Back to You

Infobox Television
show_name = Back to You

caption = The "Back To You" title card
genre = Situation comedy
creator = Christopher Lloyd
Steven Levitan
director = James Burrows
developer =
starring = Kelsey Grammer
Patricia Heaton
Lily Jackson
Josh Gad
Ty Burrell
Fred Willard
narrated =
opentheme =
endtheme =
country = USA
language = English
num_seasons = 1
num_episodes = 17 (3 Unaired in the U.S.)
list_episodes = List of Back to You episodes
producer = Maggie Randell-Blanc
executive_producer = Christopher Lloyd
Steven Levitan
James Burrows
Kelsey Grammer
asst_producer = Tony Hicks
David Shafer
supervising_producer = Sally Bradford
editor = Ron Volk
theme_music_composer = Adam Anders
location = 20th Century Fox Studios,
Los Angeles, CA
camera = Multiple-camera setup
runtime = 22 Minutes (Without Commercials)
network = FOX
picture_format = 1.33:1 480i (SDTV),
1.78:1 1080i (HDTV)
audio_format =
first_run =
first_aired = September 19, 2007
last_aired = May 14, 2008
imdb_id = 0950721
tv_com_id = 69245
website =

"Back to You" is an American situation comedy series created and executive produced by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan. The series was directed by James Burrows,cite web|title = Back to You at the|publisher = The Futon Critic|url =] and starred Emmy Award-winners Kelsey Grammer ("Cheers", "Frasier") and Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond") as squabbling anchors of a news program. [cite web | title=Frasier star makes sitcom return | publisher=BBC News | url= | date=2007-05-18 | accessdate=2007-05-18]


Chuck Darling (Grammer) and Kelly Carr (Heaton) were co-anchors of a Pittsburgh news program that had great on-screen chemistry, despite constant quarreling off-screen. However, Chuck left to take a job elsewhere. After an embarrassing comment he made resulting in his firing from a large market LA newscast, Chuck has returned to Pittsburgh after 10 years to become anchor on the newscast he originally left. [cite web | title=FOX's New Shows for the 2007-08 Season | | url=,0,1287975.photogallery | accessdate=2007-05-22] [cite web | title=Fox's fall schedule | publisher=Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | url= | date=2007-05-17 | accessdate=2007-05-22] Chuck also learns that he is the father of Carr's 10-year-old daughter. Their daughter, Gracie, turns 11 years old in the episode, "Something's Up There".

Cast and characters

*Chuck Darling (Kelsey Grammer) is the co-anchor at WURG-TV, News 9, and also the former co-anchor of WURG until New Year's Eve 1996 cite episode |title=Pilot |episodelink=Pilot (Back to You) |series=Back to You |serieslink=Back to You |network=Fox Broadcasting Company |airdate=2007-09-19 |season=1 |number=1 ] , until he left for a better job, moving through different markets before finally moving to an anchor job in Los Angeles. Ten years later, he made a curse-filled outburst towards a co-worker, Darcy Tanner, which became a massive YouTube sensation. He has now returned to WURG-TV and is once again co-anchor with Kelly Carr. He later finds out he has a child with Kelly named Gracie, a result of a one night stand the night before Chuck left. He and Gracie get along well, and despite the fact that Gracie is oblivious to his paternity, it seems that Chuck has passed on some of his personality traits to his daughter, which includes their mutual dislike for Kelly.cite episode |title=First Supper |episodelink=First Supper |series=Back to You |serieslink=Back to You |credits= |network=Fox Broadcasting Company |station= |airdate=2007-10-03 |season=1 |number=3 |minutes= ] He was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut.

*Kelly Carr (Patricia Heaton) is Chuck's co-anchor, and was formerly until New Years Eve 1996 when he left WURG. As a result of getting drunk, doing a report on drunk driving, and later having sex with Chuck, she now has a daughter with Chuck. When Chuck returned, she wasn't happy, taking every chance to get angry at him. She revealed that her daughter Gracie is in fact Chuck's child.

*Montana Diaz Herrera (real name Sally Lerner) (Ayda Field) was WURG's purportedly Latina weatherwoman until episode 13 when she was fired. Montana isn't the most well educated person, but she will do a lot to make sure people in power like her. She also has a difficulty pronouncing Monongahela.cite episode |title=Gracie's Bully |episodelink=Gracie's Bully |series=Back to You |serieslink=Back to You |credits= |network=Fox Broadcasting Company |station= |airdate=2007-11-07 |season=1 |number=6 |minutes= ] Her name has disappeared from the credits as of episode 10, because in the plot line for episode 13, she was fired. It is revealed her real name is Sally Lerner. She pretended to be Hispanic because most stations "only wanted to hire minorities." She chose the alias Montana because it was where she used to ice skate, and she chose Diaz Herrera only after mistaking it for "Happy Days" in Spanish. It has been alluded that she is Marsh's daughter. Montana/Sally's mother is named Louise Lerner.

*Ryan Church (Josh Gad) is the news director at WURG. He stated in the pilot that he is 26 (and a half) years old, and his birthday falls in the month of March. He also has a crush on Montana, and repeatedly tries to impress her by doing stupid and dangerous things. He formerly ran the station's internet division.

*Gracie Carr (Laura Marano then Lily Jackson) is Chuck and Kelly's daughter, though she was unaware that Chuck is her father until episode 11. She and her father Chuck seem to share many qualities, such as their sense of humor and their allergy to pistachios. She recently turned eleven. Lily Jackson replaced Laura Marano starting with the tenth episode, The Wall of Fame and Gracie reverted to the age of 10.

*Gary Crezyzewski (pronounced "Sure-shwoov-ski") (Ty Burrell) is WURG's field reporter, a position he has held for 12 years. His ambition is to become an anchor, and it has been hinted that he holds a grudge against Chuck because Gary hoped to be the new anchor. He always ends up in awkward and unwanted situations while reportingcite episode |title=Fish Story |episodelink=Fish Story |series=Back to You |serieslink=Back to You |credits= |network=Fox Broadcasting Company |station= |airdate=2007-09-26 |season=1 |number=2 |minutes= ] , which have included, as he explains, "every freeway chase, toxic spill, and record snowfall". He was also seen to have been used as a test subject in a taser demonstration. His name is often mis-pronounced by his co-workers, especially Chuck. Gary is married to a woman named Kitty, and their marriage is described as somewhat antagonistic, but loving. Kitty is often mentioned, and usually described as behaving outlandishly, but not seen on camera as of Episode 13 - much like Maris from Frasier or Vera from Cheers, both programs from Back to You producer Christopher Lloyd. Gary is of Polish descent.cite episode |title=Something's Up There |episodelink=Something's Up There |series=Back to You |serieslink=Back to You |credits= |network=Fox Broadcasting Company |station= |airdate=2007-11-14 |season=1 |number=7 |minutes= ]

*Marsh McGinley (Fred Willard) is WURG's fairly dim-witted sports anchor. He throws up before the beginning of each show. He also breaks down while reading Casey at the Bat, because his father used that poem to break his stutter. Could possibly be the father of Montana.

Guest stars

*Adam Busch as Production Assistant
*Bill Macy as Troy
*Regan Burns as Mr. Robbins
*Rick Fitts as David
*Maurice Smith as Stage Manager
*Tia Carrere as Maggie
*Tom Kane as Voiceover Narrator
*Charisma Carpenter as Brooke
*Paul Butcher as Well-Dressed Kid
*Tricia O'Kelley as Colette
*Jed Rees as George
*James Patrick Stuart as Chad Brackett
*Billy Mayo as Policeman


Production history


Originally titled "Action News", it was reported in January 2007 that Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton were in talks to lead the cast of the series which only had a script commitment with 20th Century Fox Television at the time. ["DEVELOPMENT UPDATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 23", [ The Futon Critic] ] The script was reportedly a hot commodity with numerous networks interested before FOX outbid the competition and gave it a blind thirteen-episode commitment in February 2007. Upon its pick-up, it also became Levitan and Lloyd's first project under their production banner, Levitan-Lloyd Productions. Grammer and Heaton were also confirmed to star in the series in the same month. ["DEVELOPMENT UPDATE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9", [ The Futon Critic] ] It was renamed "Back to You" in April 2007 due to the fact that Pittsburgh has a real life Channel 4 "Action News". The series was "officially" greenlit on May 11, 2007. James Burrows who has directed all the episodes so far of the show joined the staff as an executive producer in June 2007.cite web|title = WHO'S IN & WHO'S OUT NEXT SEASON|publisher = The Futon Critic|url =]

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Levitan-Lloyd Productions, the series premiered on September 19, 2007. [cite news|url =|last = Boedeker|first = Hal|title = Fox announces premiere dates; "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" returns Aug. 30|publisher = Orlando Sentinel|date = 2007-07-10|accessdate = 2007-07-10] The show aired on Wednesday nights at 8:00/7:00c on FOX, leading out "'Til Death", which features Heaton's former "Everybody Loves Raymond" co-star, Brad Garrett. The first episode rated a promising 9.44 million viewers for Fox."FOX RENEWS 'DEATH' VOWS, PICKS UP SEXTET", [ The Futon Critic] ]

On October 24, 2007 the show was picked up for an additional 11 episodes, bringing the total number of episodes to 24. [cite web |url= |title=FOX ORDERS ADDITIONAL EPISODES OF "BACK TO YOU" |accessdate=2007-10-31 |author=Fox |date=2007-10-25 |publisher=The Futon Critic]

Also, despite the show's cancellation, and no guarantee of its renewal, Channel 4 in the United Kingdom picked up the show. [ [ TV Scoop: New Kelsey Grammer comedy Back To You on Channel 4 in a few weeks time ] ] The series premiered in the UK on Wednesday, 11 June, 2008 on More4 at 9.30pm.

Production notes

"Back To You" was filmed at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles, California. [cite web |url = |title = FREE TV STUDIO AUDIENCE TICKETS |accessdate = 2007-09-02 |year= 2007 |publisher = Audiences Unlimited |language = English]


After the first two leads were found, Paul Campbell and Aimee Garcia were originally cast as Ryan Church and Montana Diaz Herrera respectively in February 2007 but the roles were re-cast in April 2007 with Josh Gad and Ayda Field replacing them."DEVELOPMENT UPDATE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27", [ The Futon Critic] ] cite news|title = Development Update: Thursday - Friday (April 12-13)|url =|publisher = The Futon Critic|date = 2007-04-13|accessdate = 2007-06-29] Fred Willard was also cast as Marsh McGinley in February. Casting continued throughout March with Ty Burrell and Laura Marano landing the last two regular spots in the series. ["DEVELOPMENT UPDATE: TUESDAY, MARCH 13", [ The Futon Critic] ] ["2007 FOX PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT GUIDE - COMEDY SERIES", [ The Futon Critic] ] There was also talk of casting Sung–Hi Lee in a recurring role as Chuck Darling's love interest, but the producers decided in April to go in a different direction. [ [] ] She did appear in the Pilot.

The role of Gracie Carr was re-casted starting the tenth episode, "The Wall of Fame", and is now played by Lily Jackson. Ayda Field was also dropped from the show after the tenth episode. The background used for Ayda Field's credit in the title sequence, a weather map of the United States, is still briefly shown but her image has been replaced by a silhouette of man.

Writer's Strike

Production on the show was halted on November 6, 2007 due to the 2007-2008 Writers' Strike. [cite web |url= |title=Production Stops on at least 6 Sitcoms |accessdate=2007-11-06]

The show went on hiatus on November 14 but returned on Tuesday February 26, 2008 at 9:30/8:30c. It aired a new episode that night and another on Wednesday February 27, 2008, the following day, and new episodes began airing weekly, starting Wednesday April 16, 2008. On this day, "Back to You" moved to its new time slot at 8:30/7:30c, following "'Til Death", and replacing "The Moment of Truth". [ [ Breaking News - FOX RETURNS SERIES TO PRODUCTION | ] ]


Despite having better ratings than its comedy companion "'Til Death",Fact|date=June 2008 the series was not renewed by the network on May 9, 2008, while "'Til Death" was renewed. [cite web |url=|title=FOX Cancels Back to You, Renews 'Til Death |accessdate=2008-05-10] The show is being shopped to other networks. Ironically, CBS was initially interested in the series before it landed at FOX. Heaton is the former star of CBS's "Everybody Loves Raymond". The network is hoping to open a new night of comedy beyond its Monday lineup, and a Grammer-Heaton project could be a solid anchor for such an extension. [cite web |url=|title=Studio Trying to Save 'Back to You' |accessdate=2008-05-16] On May 27, 2008, it was announced that Kelsey Grammer had signed on to play the lead in a new ABC sitcom "Roman's Empire". [ [,0,7348690.story Kelsey Grammer Now Part of ABC's 'Empire' - 'Back to You,' 'Frasier' star joins comedy pilot - Zap2it ] ] [ [ The Hollywood Reporter ] ] [ [ Kelsey Grammer cast in ABC comedy pilot - Today's News: Our Take | ] ]


Critical reaction

"Back To You" received generally mixed reviews, receiving a rating of 58 from Metacritic.cite web |url= |title=Back to You SERIES: Fox, Wednesday 8:00p (30 minutes) |accessdate=2007-09-20 |format= |work=Metacritic ]

*I'd rather just watch Grammer and Heaton trade barbs in the newsroom. — Entertainment Weekly
*Fox's Back to You is back to TV comedy basics: multiple cameras, live audiences but, mostly, laughs. — Los Angeles Times
*Grammer and Heaton slip easily into characters who won't be easily mistaken for Frasier Crane or Debra Barone, the writing's professional, the supporting cast dependable (and in the case of Fred Willard, another "Raymond" veteran, dependably hilarious). — Philadelphia Daily News
*You have to admire Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton for holding up their end of the bargain, even if the material in their show, Back to You, is such a drop from "Frasier" and "Everybody Loves Raymond". — Philadelphia Inquirer
*The pilot's plot leads them in a direction where "this just in" becomes an obvious sexual metaphor--some of it is funny, but there's just too much. — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
*Absolutely nothing about it is original or seeks to transform the half-hour genre. Still, the fact that it is executed by sure-footed comedy veterans more than makes up for the sin of familiarity. — Seattle Post-Intelligencer


On November 14, 2007, FOX aired the episode of "Back to You", "Something's Up There", which contained a controversial Polish slur. The slur involved Marsh trying to convince the show's lone Polish-American character, Gary, to go bowling after work by saying: "Come on, it's in your blood, like kielbasa and collaborating with the Nazis."

FOX later apologized on November 20, 2007. They vowed never to air the line of dialogue again in repeats and/or syndicated broadcasts. FOX stated that, "The line was delivered by a character known for being ignorant, clueless, and for saying outlandish things. Allowing the line to remain in the show, however, demonstrated poor judgment, and we apologize to anyone who was offended." [cite web |url= |title=Shamed Fox apologizes for Polish slur on 'Back to You' |accessdate=2007-11-28 |last=Huff |first=Richard |date=2007-11-21 |publisher= NY Daily News]

U.S. television ratings

tandard ratings

In the following summary, "rating" is the percentage of all households with televisions that tuned to the show, and "share" is the percentage of all televisions in use at that time that are tuned in. "18-49" is the percentage of all adults aged 18-49 tuned into the show. "Viewers" are the amount of viewers, in million, watching at the time. "Rank" how well the show did compared to other TV shows aired that week.

Unless otherwise cited, the overnight rating, share, 18-49 and viewing information come from "Your Entertainment Now". [cite web |url= |title=Your One Stop Shop For All Things Entertainment |accessdate=2007-09-21] The ranks come from "The Programming Insider" [cite web |url= |title=Weekly Results (The Programming Insider) |first=Marc |last=Berman |accessdate=2007-09-27] or "Google Groups". [cite web |url= |title=Google Groups |accessdate=2007-10-05]

Ratings competition

"Back to You" currently airs against "Wife Swap", on ABC, "The Price is Right" on CBS, "Deal or No Deal" on NBC and "America's Next Top Model" on The CW.

DVD release

On July 16, 2008, it was announced that Back to You would see a DVD release on October 14. It is being labeled as "Season One" instead of "The Complete Series", implying that there is still a chance the show could come back. The DVD will include all 14 aired episodes, and 3 unaired in a 3-Disc set. [ [ Back To You DVD news: Announcement for Back To You - Season 1 | ] ]

"Back To You - Season One" will be released on Region 1 DVD on October 14, 2008. The three-disc collection will include all 14 episodes from the First Season, plus three unaired episodes. cite web|url=|title="'Back to You - Press Release and Cover Art for Season 1 (DVD)"||accessdate=2008-07-31]

Back to You will be released in Australia on October 22, 2008, without the episode "Hostage Watch", despite being aired by Australian TV channel TEN. [ R4 release]


External links

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