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Samantha Who?
Character: Regina Newly
Created by: Cecelia Ahern, Donald Todd
Directed by: Lee Shallat Chemel, Paul Lazarus & various
Written by: Cecelia Ahern, Donald Todd, Pamela Ribon, Jessi Klein, Jim Reynolds & various
Produced by: Cecelia Ahern, John Amodeo, Christina Applegate
Other cast: Christina Applegate, Jennifer Esposito, Kevin Dunn, Melissa McCarthy, Tim Russ
Premiere date: October 15, 2007
Episodes: Appeared in all episodes
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance
Running time: 22min

A woman suffers from amnesia and is forced to find out who she really is.

In Jean’s Words…

♦ She’s very impulsive. She never questions that she might be wrong; it’s always got to be somebody else and she’s happy to help them fix what’s wrong with them. I think she really, really loves her daughter and they had a terrible relationship before the accident. It’s great because Samantha doesn’t remember when I said this and that, you know?
Regina loves her daughter but she also cares what everybody else thinks and she wants to be mother of the year and she’s not. She’s ham-handed and manipulative and bossy and treats her daughter like she’s a teenager. [From “Samantha’s Who’s Jean Smart on a roll” – LA Times]

♦ “She’s been given this second chance with her daughter, any parent’s dream,” Jean said of Regina. “She’s not handling it very well. She’s a little clumsy when it comes to mothering. She thinks she’s doing the right thing but often, she’s not at all. She refuses to do any self analysis. If anything’s wrong, it’s someone else’s fault. It’s funny to play someone who’s not introspective when she’s up against a daughter who is constantly picking apart every moment.” [From “My interview w/Jean Smart” – Out in Hollywood]