|Emily's Reasons Why Not|
Khary Payton as Josh, Heather Graham as Emily, and Nadia Dajani as Reilly
|Created by||Carrie Gerlach|
|Developed by||Emily Kapnek|
James Patrick Stuart
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (5 unaired in U.S.)|
|Executive producers||Vivian Cannon|
Michael Patrick Jann
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production companies||Pariah Films|
Sony Pictures Television
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||January 9, 2006|
Emily's Reasons Why Not was a television series starring Heather Graham. The show, which was based on the novel of the same name by Carrie Gerlach, published in August 2004, was canceled by its broadcaster, ABC, after airing one episode on January 9, 2006. The story revolves around Emily Sanders, a successful career woman in Los Angeles who has been unsuccessful dating. She seeks help from a therapist who recommends that Emily make a list of ten reasons why each of her dating relationships has failed.
The series premise centered on Emily (Graham), an editor of self-help books who is unable to find success in romance. In the premiere episode she ends a bad relationship and adopts a new rule for her romances: if she can list five reasons to break up with a guy, then she does so. Emily gets help from her friends, among them Josh, whose character is strongly based on gay stereotypes. The show was widely considered a less risqué copycat of Sex and the City.
In the first episode, she is convinced that the man she was dating was gay when he was actually a devout Mormon practicing chastity before marriage. His open virginity is presented through gay stereotypes, and his preferred sport, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is described as "the gayest sport there is" by Emily's former boyfriend.
It was reported that ABC committed to the show before seeing a script. Despite heavy promotion by both Sony Pictures Television and ABC, and a viewing average of 6.2 million viewers, the show was pulled after the first episode due to negative reception; production was stopped after filming six episodes. ABC was said to have spent millions on promotion, including airtime, billboards and radio ads, and considered Emily to be the "linchpin" of the network's post-football Monday-night schedule. The promotion was so heavy and the cancellation so abrupt that some magazines found themselves carrying cover stories about a canceled show. After viewing it, ABC's entertainment president suggested that they considered the show lackluster and unlikely to improve.The New York Times attributed the cancellation in part to the extremely unappealing nature of the main character and the portrayal by Graham.
In 2006, all six episodes of the show aired on Spain's pay-TV channel Cosmopolitan under the title Cinco razones (para no salir contigo) ("Five Reasons (to not go out with you)"), on Sony Entertainment Television (Latin America), on ORF1 in Austria, and on POP TV in Slovenia. It also aired on the cable/satellite channel, FOX Life, in Japan in 2007, titled in Japanese as Emir? no Renai Baiburu (, Emir? no Renai Baiburu, "Emily's Love Bible").
|Episode #||Title||Original airdate|
|1||"Pilot"||January 9, 2006|
|2||"Why Not to Date Your Gynecologist"||January 16, 2006|
|3||"Why Not to Cheat on Your Best Friend"||January 23, 2006|
|4||"Why Not to Date a Twin"||January 30, 2006|
|5||"Why Not to Hire a Cute Male Assistant"||February 6, 2006|
|6||"Why Not to Invite Your Vacation Date Home"||February 13, 2006|
Emily's Reasons Why Not - The Complete Series was released on DVD on May 1, 2012. All six episodes produced were included in the set.