Jennifer Finnigan: 'I have no clue' what makes a hit after 'Monday Mornings'
Jennifer Finnigan anticipates still starting many work weeks on Monday mornings, even if she no longer does it on the show by that name.
The actress has moved on to other projects, including Saturday's (Aug. 17) new Lifetime movie "Baby Sellers," which casts her as an investigator probing a questionable adoption-agency operator (Kirstie Alley). Still, Finnigan laments the end of TNT's "Monday Mornings," the recent medical drama in which she starred with such notables as Alfred Molina and Ving Rhames.
"The ratings were a disappointment," she admits to Zap2it, "but they were building each week, and our audience was extremely loyal. I just think it had so much potential. Cable networks have a history of giving shows with a pedigree a shot, so it surprised me a bit."
Indeed, "Monday Mornings" had pedigree: Its executive producers were Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the CNN senior medical correspondent on whose novel the show was based, and the much-honored David E. Kelley ("Ally McBeal," "Boston Legal").
"I think we had a great group," Finnigan reflects. "I loved how we played off each other, and I loved the relationships that were forming on-screen and off. I don't know what works in TV anymore, though. I truly have thrown up my hands, and I'm in complete wonder. I have no clue."
A three-time Daytime Emmy winner for her tenure as Bridget Forrester on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," the Montreal-born Finnigan has run the primetime series race multiple times in both comedy ("Committed," "Better With You") and drama ("Crossing Jordan," "Close to Home").
"I'm proud of the series I've been a part of," she maintains. "At this point, I choose to be grateful for the experiences I've had, and I'm in the fortunate position of not having to throw myself right back into work. I'm taking a vacation, then I'll see if anything looks appealing to me."
Finnigan has just co-directed a movie with actor husband Jonathan Silverman ("Weekend at Bernie's"), who recurred on "Monday Mornings" as another doctor. She describes "A Bet's a Bet" as "an independent feature, a romantic comedy starring Mena Suvari, Geoff Stults and Josh Hopkins, and we have cameos by Kenan Thompson and Kristin Chenoweth. And I'm in there, and Jonny's in there."
So are two of Finnigan's former sitcom co-stars, Debra Jo Rupp ("Better With You") and Josh Cooke ("Committed"). "We called in a lot of favors, because we had a budget of approximately $1.50," Finnigan muses, "and it was so great to see these friendships that had transcended the professional relationships. Our friends really came through for us."
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