Pepper Dennis
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GenreComedy drama
Created byGretchen J. Berg
Aaron Harberts
StarringRebecca Romijn
Brooke Burns
Rider Strong
Josh Hopkins
Lindsay Price
Opening theme"Pepper Dennis Theme" by Danny Lux
"Better Half" by Chris Trapper
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producersAaron Harberts
Jason Katims
Gretchen J. Berg
Shawn Levy
J.J. Klein
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesTwo Presbyterians Productions
21 Laps Entertainment
20th Century Fox Television
Original networkThe WB
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseApril 4 (2006-04-04) –
July 4, 2006 (2006-07-04)

Pepper Dennis is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on The WB from April 4 to July 4, 2006. It was announced on May 17, 2006 that Pepper Dennis would not be one of the WB shows transferred to The CW. Pepper Dennis was the final show to premiere on the network before the rebrand.[1]


The series stars Rebecca Romijn as Pepper Dennis, a television reporter for an evening news broadcast at the fictional television station WEiE (specifically with a small i) in Chicago. The series also starred Rider Strong as Chick, Pepper's cameraman who has an unrequited crush on her, Brooke Burns as Pepper's sheltered and somewhat flaky sister Kathy Dinkle, Lindsay Price as Kimmy Kim, Pepper's closest friend and WEiE's makeup artist and Josh Hopkins as Charlie Babcock, the station's news anchor. One of the focal points of the show was the love-hate relationship between Pepper and Charlie.


Regular cast

Actor Role
Rebecca Romijn Pepper Dennis (Patty Dinkle)
Brooke Burns Kathy Dinkle Williams
Josh Hopkins Charlie Babcock
Lindsay Price Kimmy Kim
Rider Strong Chick Dirka

Recurring characters

Actor Role
Brett Cullen Jack Bell
Frederick Koehler Leslie "Les" Gaye
Alexandra Barreto Blanca Martinez
Jason Brooks Bryce Williams
Bob Gunton Dick Dinkle
Pamela Reed Lynn Dinkle
A.J. Trauth Mitch Dinkle
Pooch Hall Garfield
Larisa Oleynik Brianna
Henry Simmons Curtis Wilson
Bob Wiltfong Lance Powers

Other characters


The song used in commercials for the show was "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" by KT Tunstall, and the opening theme song is "Better Half" by Chris Trapper, the former frontman for the Boston pop group The Push Stars. Another song that the WB used for advertising "Pepper Dennis" was Morningwood's "Nth Degree" which also appeared in another WB drama, One Tree Hill.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1"Pilot"Shawn LevyGretchen J. Berg & Aaron HarbertsApril 4, 2006 (2006-04-04)1ALR79
Pepper Dennis had her sights set on becoming the anchor for Chicago’s top-rated evening news broadcast. Just as she thought that her dream was about to come true this hot new guy, Charlie Babcock, whom she had a one night stand with gets the job. Pepper's life is further complicated when her sister Kathy, who has split up with her husband, decides to move in.
2"Poker Clubs And Boob Cams"Lev L. SpiroAaron Harberts & Gretchen J. BergApril 11, 2006 (2006-04-11)1ALR01
Pepper goes undercover to expose a prostitution ring at a poker club and find a little more than she anticipated. During a sexual harassment seminar at work Pepper finds herself in a compromising position with Charlie, causing her to re-evaluate her feelings for him. Kathy agrees reconcile with her husband.
3"Frat Boys May Lose Their Manhood"Oz ScottMatt McGuinnessApril 18, 2006 (2006-04-18)1ALR02
Pepper's breakdown on air during a live interview lands her in therapy where she is forced to confront her feelings for and issues with Charlie. Desperate to prove that she still has what it takes to get a story, Pepper ends up being a hostage at a fraternity hazing ritual gone wrong.
4"Heiress Bridenapped"Robert BerlingerAdele LimApril 25, 2006 (2006-04-25)1ALR03
During a wedding Pepper soon realizes the bride has been kidnapped.
5"Saving Venice"Allison Liddi-BrownJason KatimsMay 2, 2006 (2006-05-02)1ALR04
6"Celebrity Twin Could Hang"Michael SchultzLisa ParsonsMay 9, 2006 (2006-05-09)1ALR05
7"Curtis Wilson's A Total Nut Job"Robert BerlingerLiz HeldensMay 16, 2006 (2006-05-16)1ALR06
8"Hiroshi Watanabe in Bed with Curtis Wilson"Allison Liddi-BrownChristopher FifeMay 23, 2006 (2006-05-23)1ALR07
9"Charlie Babcock's Homosexual Encounter"Robert BerlingerJason KatimsMay 30, 2006 (2006-05-30)1ALR08
10"Dennis, Bulgari, Big Losers at Acorns"David PaymerKatherine LingenfelterJune 6, 2006 (2006-06-06)1ALR09
11"Pepper Dennis Behind Bars"Allison Liddi-BrownKatherine LingenfelterJune 20, 2006 (2006-06-20)1ALR10
12"True Love is Dead"Peter LauerAdele Lim, Liz HeldensJune 27, 2006 (2006-06-27)1ALR11
13"Star Anchor Weds Colleague"Arlene SanfordGretchen J. Berg & Aaron HarbertsJuly 4, 2006 (2006-07-04)1ALR12
Babcock has unexpectedly proposed to Pepper, and they find themselves walking down the aisle together. Unfortunately for Pepper, she learns that Babcock's proposal isn't motivated out of love.


  1. ^ Fitzgerald, Toni (4 April 2006). "'Pepper Dennis,' one full hour too long". Media Life Magazine. Retrieved 28 February 2010.