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Feature: Primetime

Pepper Dennis

Movie star Rebecca Romjin comes to the small screen, as the ditzy heroine in this newsroom comedy

A unique blend of sitcom and drama, The WB’s new series Pepper Dennis stars Rebecca Romijn as a rising reporter at a TV station in Chicago. “The traditional breakdown where half hour is the domain of comedy and one hour is the domain of storytelling is a false obstacle,” says the show’s Executive Producer, Shawn Levy. “The idea of combining them, and colliding them, was exciting to me.”

Executive Producer Aaron Harberts concurs. “What’s been exciting too is that the network has been really supportive about letting us combine the genres. The first three-quarters of the hour show is boisterous, raucous and fun, with Rebecca’s tripping over stuff – we’re humiliating her in every episode. And then you get to a really well-earned emotional place at the end of the show that comes from character. And it’s really been nice to have the network not peg us as a comedy or just a drama, to really let us take the audience on a huge journey through each episode.”

Not known for her slapstick antics, Romijn admits, “It’s kind of a first for me. I wanted to do this because of all the funny things that they wrote for this character to do. I have to say that I think partially from my modeling background and partially from the Mystique character that I play in the X-Men movies, I love physical acting.”

“Rebecca did all of her falls in our pilot,” adds Harberts, “so you’ll never see Pepper fall out the window and then cut to a bush and see her crawl out. When something bad happens to Pepper, it’s because she’s active, she’s chasing down [a story] and she’s doing something to earn that mishap.”

by Judy Sloane

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