Samantha Dunbar

Sammy is a strong, independent career woman in her early forties. She is the editor assigned to David's book. Sammy likes to think of herself as sassy and fun, hence "Sammy" instead of Samantha, but she is actually quite controlling and judgmental. She comes across as bitchy, because she has a very low tolerance for weakness or hypocrisy and is often painfully blunt.

She finds honesty and strength very attractive in a man, which is why her relationship with David seems so improbable. Get a few drinks in her and she would tell you that she desperately wants romance, but that's a lie. In a very real sense, she is allergic to it. Her past is littered with failed relationships. That is why David is an excellent match for her. They both have boundary issues and desperately cling to their independence, but at the same time they crave companionship. And they are great in bed, and on the couch, and the floor, and the desk in David's office. It would seem that the moment of climax is the only time that either one of them comes close to letting go.

 

Jennifer IrwinSamantha (Sammy) Dunbar

For Jennifer Irwin, 2011 has been quite a year. In addition to Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Irwin co-starred with Christian Slater in the Fox TV hit Breaking In. Her current film credits include Bad Teacher starring Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz and earlier in the year, she was directed by Ivan Reitman in No Strings Attached. Also this year, Irwin voiced the lead character on the animated Crash Canyon produced by The Simpsons co-creator Joel Cohen and airing on MTV.

Nominated for a Gemini Award for her role as the man-eating manipulator Holly Day in Slings & Arrows, Irwin shines on series television. A series regular on HBO's cult hit Eastbound & Down (2009-10) which goes into its final season this year as well as CBS' Still Standing (2002-06). Her television movie credits include Holly Hunter's best friend in Showtime's Harlan County War and the role of Jane Curtin in the ABC's Gilda Radner: It's Always Something. She has made guest appearances on series such as Raising Hope, Lie to Me, Party Down and Less Than Kind, for which she was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award.

When this busy actress turns her creative energy to writing, she also does very well. For Toronto's famed Second City, of which she was a member, she wrote four productions, all of which were nominated for Dora Awards. She combined her skills by creating and co-writing the role of Kitty in the original cast of the Tony Award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone.