Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No More Romeo for `Single Guy' Silverman Will Be More like a True Bachelor, Less a Ladies' Man

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No More Romeo for `Single Guy' Silverman Will Be More like a True Bachelor, Less a Ladies' Man

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"THE SINGLE Guy" is going to be more single in the coming television season, reports the guy who plays the title role, Jonathan Silverman.

The NBC sitcom became a first-season winner for NBC, and not just because it benefited from a platinum time slot - between "Friends" and "Seinfeld" on Thursday night. Still, networks love to tinker, and the show will have a slightly different direction next season.

"I think they brought up a very good point: For him to truly be a single guy, he's got to have a lot less luck with the ladies," Silverman said. "It was turning into a version of `Dream On.' Every week, he'd have a different girl to go out with.

"I think that was fine and funny and certainly a good introduction in that first season. But we all agree we should explore other aspects of his being single and a bachelor, with the pain and pitfalls as opposed to having a `Babe of the Week' show.

"He couldn't have been so successful with all the dates, otherwise he wouldn't be the single guy. One of them would have worked out."

Silverman himself remains single, but he admits to a "terrific relationship" with country singer Annalee that has lasted more than two years.

"So I feel like a married man, as opposed to a single guy, in real life," he said.

Accustomed to one new project after another in the early years of his career, Silverman said he is looking forward to the sophomore season of "The Single Guy."

But beyond that he won't predict: "One season at a time. We'll see what happens."

- It was during baseball season that Silverman and "The Single Guy" came together.

A lifelong baseball nut, the actor is a player with the Hollywood All Stars, celebrities who play exhibition games for charity. A few seasons back, Silverman appeared at the annual Hollywood Stars night, a few - innings of action preceding a regular game at Dodger Stadium. …

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