I vividly remember having a debate with a kid in the lunch room over which show was better – Just Shoot Me! or Spin City. While the debate had no clear winner (as it wasn’t very well rehearsed, nor important) I still believe – to this day – that Just Shoot Me! is one of the most underrated sitcoms of the ’90s. Not only did it take place at the offices of a fashion magazine (the fictional “Blush”) but it gave David Spade a decent role to play after he left the stages of Studio 8H.
The show, created by Steven Levitan (who is currently working with Modern Family), aired for seven seasons on NBC from 1997 to 2003. From 2007-2010 it aired in syndication on TBS.
So – where’s the cast today?
Laura San Giacomo as Maya Gallo
While it was tough for Maya to work for her Dad after getting fired from her prior job, she did a pretty good job at hurdling the playful insults that her coworkers shot her way. Maya was a pretty amazing (fictional) role model for her female viewers – despite an occcasional goofy plotline, she believed women should be seen for their intelligence first. And might I say, Laura proved that thick brows on a lady could be mega attractive. While the show was geared around Laura being the lead, it was reworked into an ensemble show that she fit into beautifully.
First off – yes, she played the best friend of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. (I’m sure she looked familiar during your rewatches.) After Just Shoot Me! ended, she appeared on a few episodes of Veronica Mars in 2006, playing Harmony Chase. Soon after, she took the role of Rhetta Rodriguez on the TV show Saving Grace that lasted until the show’s end in 2010. Since then, she’s appeared in a few bit parts, making appearances on Medium, Hot In Cleveland, and The Mentalist. She also had a role in the film Least Among Saints, which came out in 2012.
Laura has a teenage son named Mason, who was born with cerebral palsy. Mason inspired her to become a founder of the CHIME Charter Elementary School, an elementary school in Woodland Hills, California.
“We started a fully inclusive school about 11, maybe 12 years ago now,” she said to reporter Jenny Schafer in 2012. “[It’s] a public charter school that the focus is full inclusion, which means that everyone goes to school together all day long; kids who happen to have disabilities, typical kids and gifted kids sitting side by side in the classroom.”
Wendie Malick as Nina Van Horn
While Nina was borderline terrible, she was still pretty darn likable. As an ex-cover girl and current fashion editor, she still knew how to party even though she (technically) was a grandmother. Admirable, in a way. Wendie played her well, having been nominated twice for the Emmys and Golden Globes.
She’s had quite the career since leaving Blush magazine. She played Ronee Lawrence on a handful of episodes of Frasier, and then voiced a tiger in the short-lived animated series Father of the Pride. She continued doing vocal work in other series, such as The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron and The X’s, and then appeared on the short-lived show Big Day in 2006. In 2009, she played a small role in the movies Adventureland and Confessions of a Shopaholic. After a few more bit parts, she landed a major role in Hot In Cleveland, playing Victoria Chase.
Wendie supports a lot of charities, including Environmental Media Association, The Humane Society (she’s a proud pescetarian!) and Planned Parenthood.
George Segal as Jack Gallo
Sure, Jack might not have been World’s Greatest Dad during Nina’s younger years – but, he tries really hard to make it up to her throughout the run of the show.
In the late 2000’s, George appeared on episodes of a few different shows, like Private Practice, Boston Legal, and Pushing Daisies. In 2009 he was involved with three episodes of Entourage before landing two bigger roles back to back – Retired at 35, which lasted for just a season, and The Goldbergs which is still going strong.
Acting isn’t George’s only love – he’s also a pretty good banjo player. In fact his band – then dubbed Red Onion Jazz Band – played at his first wedding.
Enrico Colantoni as Elliot DeMauro
Elliot was a photographer over at Blush who typically dated supermodels, but later fell for Maya. A lot of people might remember Elliot’s brother, Donnie, who faked being brain damaged after a severe frisbee-in-a-tree incident since he loved being waited on by his family. HelloGiggles writer Randi Milgram even wrote a vegan recipe based on this infamous introductory episode. (Since David Cross only appeared in three episodes, it’s probably best to put the infamous “Chicken Pot Pie” clip in with Elliot’s section. So, go nuts.)
You’ll be able to see him next in the show Remedy, where he’ll play Allen Conner.
Brian Posehn as Kevin Liotta
Sure, Kevin showed up sparingly – but he was hilarious every time he was on screen. (Brian Posehn in general is hilarious, so that’s a given.) While he’s just a mail room clerk, he’s later revealed to be related to Ray Liotta.
Brian has attached himself to a lot of funny groups – he made frequent appearances on Reno 911!, voiced Gibbons on Tom Goes To The Mayor, and has appeared in numerous projects centered around Sarah Silverman. He also appeared on the hilarious sketch comedy show (starring our buddy Aziz Ansari) Human Giant, and did some vocal work on the show Sym-Bionic Titan. If you’re a Judd Apatow fan, you might have spotted him in the Jason Segel film The Five-Year Engagement, which came out in 2012.
Check out his stand-up comedy on YouTube. Warning: He’s quite fond of dropping the F-bomb.
David Spade as Dennis Finch
Finally, we get to Finch. Finch was Jack’s assistant, who was hopelessly devoted to him. And like most assistants/humans, he’s kind of a jerk without his morning caffeine.
He’s one of the few SNL alums that has constantly been working. After the untimely passing of John Ritter, David joined the cast of 8 Simple Rules, and finished out the series. You might remember the post-Napoleon-Dynamite role that Jon Heder took on with 2006’s The Benchwarmers, which David costarred in. 2008 brought him the series Carpet Bros, where he reunited with fellow SNL star TIm Meadows. Of course he made an appearance in Hot In Cleveland, because … of course.
David joined the cast of Rules of Engagement in 2007, and the show celebrated its’ final season last year. Of course, you probably also saw him in both installments of Grown Ups.
He’s pretty active on twitter, and I’m kind of overjoyed that he also managed to find this monstrosity in the SkyMall catalog. (I took a picture of it as well when I was last on a plane. We’re soulmates!)
Just Shoot Me! fans – What were your favorite episodes?