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.