Last year, when NBC announced Love Bites, it was a show that the network had a lot of faith in. Unfortunately, it seemed like everything that could go wrong for the TV series did.
For one, co-star Jordan Spiro was still committed to My Boys on TBS. Though it seemed clear that that show was going to be cancelled, the cable channel wouldn’t admit it and Spiro had to drop out of Love Bites. Then, series creator Cindy Chupack reduced her position from showrunner to consultant because she was expecting a baby.
Co-star Becki Newton also became pregnant and that necessitated some changes to her character because a key part of the pilot was that Annie was a virgin. Newton was happy about the change though and recently told Vulture, “I don’t think that could have played out for long. There’s not a lot of room. It would have become all about who she’s going to lose her virginity to, and then when that happens, it would be over. We used some of that idea for Cassie [played by Krysten Ritter], who pretends she’s a virgin. But happily, my pregnancy opened up the character of Annie.”
Though the now-cancelled show wasn’t a ratings success for NBC, Newton says that she and others associated with Love Bites are very proud of their work.
There isn’t a traditional series finale but Newton says that’s okay. “This is what was great and complicated about the show. Every episode stood alone, and it was never meant to have an arc throughout show with a culmination.”
That’s not to say that the actress wouldn’t have liked to see how her character’s story progressed. Newton notes that, had the show continued, Annie would have realized that having the baby gave her a purpose and that she was very attached to the infant. Newton also said, “If the show had more time to explore the characters, how she related with her sister after the birth would have been the kind of relationship I don’t think has been on TV before.”
What do you think? Would you liked to have seen how Annie’s story progressed? What were your favorite stories from Love Bites?
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