Suddenly Susan is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from September 19, 1996, until December 26, 2000. The series was created by Clyde Phillips and starred Brooke Shields in her first regular series. Shields played Susan Keane, a glamorous San Francisco magazine writer who begins to adjust to being single, and who learns to be independent-minded after having been taken care of all her life. The series was developed by Gary Dontzig and Steven Peterman, who also served as executive producers during the first three seasons, and was produced by Warner Bros. Television.
1997 promotional Emmy advertisement
|Created by||Clyde Phillips|
|Developed by||Steven Peterman|
|Opening theme||"Ode to Joy" (cover version), composed by Ed Alton|
"Nothing on Me", performed by Shawn Colvin (seasons 2–3)
Two unknown themes, composed by Ed Alton
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||93|
|Executive producer(s)||Gary Dontzig|
(both; seasons 1–3)
(mid-late season 3)
(mid-season 3 – season 4)
Mark Driscoll (season 4)
|Camera setup||Film; Multi-camera|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Warner Bros. Television|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||September 19, 1996 –|
December 26, 2000
The show takes place at The Gate, a fictitious magazine which is based in San Francisco. Among the magazine's employees is Susan Keane (Brooke Shields), who always has been cared for by someone else. However, when she realizes that she and her wealthy, vain fiancé, Kip, are not meant for each other and that there’s more to life than just being known as the "s" in "The Kip Richmonds", she abruptly leaves him at the altar. Now, she’s suddenly just Susan.
Susan's boss, Jack Richmond (Judd Nelson), the rebellious brother of Susan's former fiancé, Kip, assigns Susan to write a regular column about being suddenly single. Susan's coworkers include photographer Luis Rivera (Nestor Carbonell), boyish rock music reporter Todd Stities (David Strickland), restaurant critic Vicki Groener (Kathy Griffin), and, in later episodes, investigative reporter (and Susan's old enemy) Maddy Piper (Andréa Bendewald). Susan's grandmother and confidant, Nana (Barbara Barrie), stands as a loving pillar of encouragement in Susan's otherwise hectic life. Susan's parents also appeared a few times each season, as played by guest stars Swoosie Kurtz and Ray Baker.
Besides the task of putting together a magazine and focusing on the lead character's life, Suddenly Susan also focuses on the private lives of many employees in the show.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"First Episode"||Andy Ackerman||Teleplay by: Gary Dontzig & Steven Peterman & Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore & Clyde Phillips|
Story by: Clyde Phillips
|September 19, 1996|
|2||2||"Dr. No"||Steve Zuckerman||Dan O'Shannon||September 26, 1996|
|3||3||"The Best Laid Plans"||Shelley Jensen||Mimi Friedman & Jeanette Collins||October 3, 1996|
|4||4||"Suddenly Susan Unplugged"||Steve Zuckerman||Rick Singer & Andrew Green||October 10, 1996|
|5||5||"Hoop Dreams"||Shelly Jensen||Heather MacGillvray & Linda Mathious||October 17, 1996|
|6||6||"Lie! Lie! My Darling"||Shelley Jensen||Ian Praiser||October 31, 1996|
|7||7||"Golden Girl Friday"||Shelley Jensen||Rick Singer & Andrew Green||November 7, 1996|
|8||8||"Beauty and the Beasty Boy"||Steve Zuckerman||Maryanne Melloan||November 14, 1996|
|9||9||"Cold Turkey"||Rod Daniel||Teleplay by: Dan O'Shannon|
Story by: Gary Dontzig & Steven Peterman
|November 21, 1996|
|10||10||"Was It Something I Said?"||Steve Zuckerman||Marc Flanagan||December 12, 1996|
|11||11||"The Walk-Out"||Barnet Kellman||Heather MacGillvray & Linda Mathious||December 19, 1996|
|12||12||"The Me Nobody Nose"||Shelley Jensen||Mimi Friedman & Jeanette Collins||January 9, 1997|
|13||13||"The Ways and Means"||Gail Mancuso||Jana Barto||February 27, 1997|
|14||14||"What a Card"||Shelley Jensen||Rick Singer & Andrew Green||March 6, 1997|
|15||15||"Love and Divorce American Style: Part 1"||Shelley Jensen||Ian Praiser||March 13, 1997|
|16||16||"Love and Divorce American Style: Part 2"||Pamela Fryman||Dan O'Shannon||March 20, 1997|
|17||17||"Love and Divorce American Style: Part 3"||Pamela Fryman||Susan Fales||March 27, 1997|
|18||18||"With Friends Like These"||Shelley Jensen||Maryanne Melloan||April 10, 1997|
|19||19||"Where the Wild Things Aren't"||Shelley Jensen||Maryanne Melloan||April 17, 1997|
|20||20||"A Boy Like That"||Shelley Jensen||Gary Dontzig & Steven Peterman||April 24, 1997|
|21||21||"Family Affairs"||Gail Mancuso||Phil Baker & Drew Vaupen||May 1, 1997|
|22||22||"I'll See That and Raise You Susan"||Shelley Jensen||Neil J. Deiter||May 8, 1997|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|23||1||"I Love You, I Think"||Tom Moore||Steven Peterman & Gary Dontzig||September 22, 1997|
|24||2||"Past Tense"||Tom Moore||Mimi Friedman & Jeanette Collins||September 29, 1997|
|25||3||"Truth and Consequences"||Pamela Fryman||Christopher Vane||October 6, 1997|
|26||4||"Next Stop, Heaven"||Shelley Jensen||Becky Hartman Edwards||October 13, 1997|
|27||5||"Susan's Minor Complication"||Shelley Jensen||Chuck Tatham||October 20, 1997|
|28||6||"It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Maddy World"||Shelley Jensen||Phil Baker & Drew Vaupen||November 3, 1997|
|29||7||"It's My Nana and I'll Cry If I Want To"||Pamela Fryman||Chuck Tatham||November 10, 1997|
|30||8||"A Kiss Before Dying...on Stage"||Tom Moore||Drew Vaupen & Phil Baker||November 17, 1997|
|31||9||"The Old and the Beautiful"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Rick Singer & Andrew Green||November 24, 1997|
|32||10||"I Didn't Write This"||Pamela Fryman||Lisa Albert||December 8, 1997|
|33||11||"Yule Never Know"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Mimi Friedman & Jeanette Collins||December 15, 1997|
|34||12||"A Kiss is Just Amiss"||Tom Moore||Christopher Vane||January 5, 1998|
|35||13||"The Big Shalom"||Alan Rafkin||Rick Singer & Andrew Green||January 12, 1998|
|36||14||"Matchmaker, Matchmaker"||Alan Rafkin||Becky Hartman Edwards||January 19, 1998|
|37||15||"Car Trouble"||Shelley Jensen||Phil Baker & Drew Vaupen||January 26, 1998|
|38||16||"Ready...Aim...Fong!"||Shelley Jensen||Chuck Tatham||February 2, 1998|
|39||17||"Daddy Piper"||Joyce Gittlin||Dan O'Shannon||March 9, 1998|
|40||18||"Not in This Life"||Leonard R. Garner, Jr.||Christopher Vane||March 16, 1998|
|41||19||"Models and Strippers and Wasps, Oh My!"||Tom Moore||David Kirkwood||April 6, 1998|
|42||20||"Poetry in Notion"||Joanna Kerns||Becky Hartman Edwards||April 6, 1998|
|43||21||"Pucker Up"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Andrew Green||April 13, 1998|
|44||22||"5,947 Miles"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Jana Barto||April 20, 1998|
|"A Tale of Two Pants"||Roger Christiansen|
|May 4, 1998|
|"Oh, How They Danced"||Shelley Jensen||Steven Peterman & Gary Dontzig||May 18, 1998|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|49||1||"Birds Do It, Bees Do It, Even Some of These Do It"||Shelley Jensen||Steven Peterman & Gary Dontzig||September 21, 1998|
|50||2||"Feels Like the First Time"||Shelley Jensen||Christopher Vane||September 28, 1998|
|51||3||"Don't Tell"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Maria Semple||October 5, 1998|
|52||4||"Sleeping with the Enemy"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Phil Baker & Drew Vaupen||October 12, 1998|
|53||5||"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Susan's Party"||Alan Rafkin||Chuck Tatham||October 26, 1998|
|54||6||"War Games"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Rick Singer||November 2, 1998|
|55||7||"Seems Like Old Times"||Alan Rafkin||Becky Hartman Edwards||November 9, 1998|
|56||8||"Trash-Test Dummies"||Alan Rafkin||Andrew Green||November 16, 1998|
|57||9||"The Thanksgiving Episode"||Shelley Jensen||Chuck Tatham||November 30, 1998|
|58||10||"The Apartment Hunt"||Shelley Jensen||Maria Semple||November 30, 1998|
|59||11||"Merry Ex-Mas"||Shelley Jensen||Rick Singer||December 14, 1998|
|60||12||"Wedding-Bell Blues"||Leonard R. Garner, Jr.||Christopher Vane||January 11, 1999|
|61||13||"On a Clear Day You Can Hear Forever"||Leonard R. Garner, Jr.||Becky Hartman Edwards||January 18, 1999|
|62||14||"One Man's Intervention Is Another Man's Tupperware Party"||Roger Christiansen||Gary Dontzig & Steven Peterman||January 25, 1999|
|63||15||"Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut"||Shelley Jensen||Polly Levy||February 8, 1999|
|64||16||"Ben Rubenstein, Meet Joe Black"||Shelley Jensen||Andrew Green||February 22, 1999|
|65||17||"The Song Remains Insane"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Michael McCarthy||March 1, 1999|
|66||18||"Revenge of the Gophers"||Roger Christiansen||Phil Baker & Drew Vaupen||March 15, 1999|
|67||19||"In This Corner...Susan Keane!: Part 1"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Chuck Tatham||May 3, 1999|
|68||20||"In This Corner...Susan Keane!: Part 2"||Philip Charles MacKenzie||Andrew Green||May 10, 1999|
|69||21||"The First Picture Show"||Michael Kelly||Phil Baker & Drew Vaupen||May 17, 1999|
|70||21||"Bowled Over"||Shelley Jensen||Jana Barto||May 24, 1999|
|71||23||"A Day in the Life"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||May 24, 1999|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|72||1||"The New Gate"||Lee Shallat Chemel||Mark Driscoll & Maria Semple||September 20, 1999|
|73||2||"The Billboard"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Mark Driscoll & Maria Semple||September 27, 1999|
|74||3||"The Pushkin Letters"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||David Babcock||October 4, 1999|
|75||4||"Vicki Moves In"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Sylvia Green||October 11, 1999|
|76||5||"Halloween"||Andrew Tsao||Ellen Idelson & Rob Lotterstein||October 18, 1999|
|77||6||"Cheerleaders"||Andrew Tsao||David Flebotte||November 1, 1999|
|78||7||"The Wish List"||Andrew Tsao||Ellen Idelson & Rob Lotterstein||December 6, 1999|
|79||8||"First Date"||Alan Rafkin||David Babcock||December 13, 1999|
|80||9||"The Birthday Party"||Roger Christiansen||Joel H. Cohen||December 20, 1999|
|81||10||"Susan's Ex"||Craig Zisk||Roger Peacock||December 27, 1999|
|82||11||"Luis Gets His Groove Back"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Ed Yeager||December 27, 1999|
|83||12||"Dinner Party"||Andrew Tsao||Teleplay by: Stacy Traub|
Story by: David Wright
|January 3, 2000|
|84||13||"Stock Tip"||Andrew Tsao||Geoff Tarson||January 3, 2000|
|85||14||"I Love You"||Andrew Tsao||Teleplay by: Sylvia Green|
Story by: Anne Rovak
|June 6, 2000|
|86||15||"The Break Up"||Andrew Tsao||Stacy Traub||June 13, 2000|
|87||16||"Girls Night Out"||Dana deVally Piazza||Robert Peacock||June 20, 2000|
|88||17||"The Bird in the Wall"||Gordon Hunt||Lisa K. Nelson & Tod Himmel||June 27, 2000|
|89||18||"The Gay Parade"||Alan Rafkin||Lisa K. Nelson & Tod Himmel||December 26, 2000|
|90||19||"Susan and the Professor"||Roger Christiansen||Beth Seriff||December 26, 2000|
|91||20||"The Reversal"||Michael Kelly||Teleplay by: Joel H. Cohen|
Story by: Mike Dieffenbach
|December 26, 2000|
|92||21||"The Finale: Part 1"||Andrew Tsao||Ellen Idelson & Rob Lotterstein||December 26, 2000|
|93||22||"The Finale: Part 2"||Andrew Tsao||Ellen Idelson & Rob Lotterstein||December 26, 2000|
In the show's original pilot, written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore and based on a dramatic script by Clyde Phillips, Susan worked at a publishing house editing children's books. After breaking up with her live-in boyfriend Ted (Brian McNamara), Susan finds herself "single" for the first time in years. Concurrently, Susan faces even greater challenges at work when her boss, Eric (Philip Casnoff), assigns her the task of working as an editor with Charlotte (Elizabeth Ashley), a hugely successful and highly opinionated romance novelist. Always on hand to provide support is Susan's grandmother, Nana (Nancy Marchand), her co-workers, acerbic best friend Marcy (Maggie Wheeler) and Neil (David Krumholtz), who has a crush on Susan.
When the series was picked up, Brian McNamara's "Ted" character did not return, though McNamara did later play the part of Cooper Elliot, who took Susan to Italy at the end of season one. Other changes between the pilot and the series were Barbara Barrie replacing Nancy Marchand in the role of Nana, while Swoosie Kurtz and Ray Baker replaced Kurt Fuller and Caroline McWilliams as Susan's parents, Bill and Liz. In the series, though the setting switches from a publishing house to a magazine, the main office set retained most of its features from the pilot; the most noticeable difference was that the elevator was to the right. While the pilot's storyline featuring Elizabeth Ashley as one of the publishing house's clients was not used in the series, a cardboard cut out of Ashley that was featured in the pilot appears throughout the first three seasons of the show – it can be seen briefly behind Susan's desk, near the filing cabinets along the back wall.
The actual location for the exterior shots of the office was the Newhall Building at 260 California Street in San Francisco.
David Strickland committed suicide in a Las Vegas hotel room on March 22, 1999. Strickland's death was later incorporated into the show's third-season finale, which killed off his character, Todd Stities. Todd has gone missing, and throughout the episode, Susan desperately tries to find him. As the episode progresses, Susan learns about a number of good deeds that Todd had done around his neighborhood that she never knew about. Out-of-character interviews with the supporting cast also appear throughout the episode, with each actor sharing their personal experiences they had with Strickland before his death. As the episode comes to an end, Todd's favorite song, "Praise You" by Fatboy Slim, plays outside in the street as Susan and her co-workers sit in a circle praying for Todd's well-being. At last, the phone in the middle of the room rings, but the camera cuts away before the news of Todd's fate can be revealed. The episode ends with an archive video footage of Strickland and its titles: "The Gods of comedy looked down upon you and smiled."
At the beginning of the fourth and final season, Judd Nelson and Andrea Bendewald left the show; series developers and executive producers Steven Peterman and Gary Dontzig also left the series, and the show replaced almost its entire writing staff (with the exception of new co-showrunner Maria Semple, who joined the series the previous season). The Gate was transformed into a men's magazine by its new owner, Ian Maxtone-Graham (Eric Idle), and relocated from its trendy uptown offices overlooking the bay to a dingy former warehouse in Chinatown. In tow, Ian brought his own team of workers, including executive assistant and U.S. Navy veteran Miranda Charles (Sherri Shepherd), sports writer Nate Knaborski (Currie Graham), and freelance photographer Oliver Browne (Rob Estes). Faced with new challenges, Susan suddenly had to prove herself all over again.
Airing between Seinfeld and ER during its first season, Suddenly Susan was a ratings success, attracting almost 25 million viewers per episode, despite mostly unfavorable critical reviews. When the show was moved to Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. (against the Top 30 hit Cosby) in the second season, the show experienced a large ratings fall, sliding from #3 to #71 in one year, bringing in less than 11 million viewers. The ratings failed to bounce back, and in its final season, the show barely ranked in the top 100, prompting NBC to pull it from the prime-time lineup with four episodes left unaired in June 2000. This final quartet of shows were burned off from 2:00 to 4:00 am (EST) on December 26, 2000, where they aired during the NBC All Night block.
|Season||TV Season||Episodes||Season premiere||Season finale||Time slot (ET)||Rank||Viewers|
|1||1996–97||22||September 19, 1996||May 8, 1997||Thursday at 9:30 pm (Episodes 1-12)
Thursday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 13–22)
|2||1997–98||26||September 22, 1997||May 18, 1998||Monday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 1–19, 21–23, 25)
Monday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 20, 24, 26)
|3||1998–99||23||September 21, 1998||May 24, 1999||Monday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 1–9, 11–22)
Monday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 10, 23)
|4||1999–2000||22[a]||September 20, 1999||June 27, 2000[b]||Monday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 1–10, 12)
Monday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 11, 13)
Tuesday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 14–17)
^[a] Twenty-three episodes were produced for season four, but episode 18, "The Gay Parade" was never broadcast. ^[b] End of the series' original broadcast run. Last four episodes were aired six months later.
Andrea R. Bendewald (born March 4, 1970) is an American actress best known for her role as Maddy Piper on Suddenly Susan.Ashley Laurence
Ashley Laurence (born May 28, 1966) is an American actress and visual artist. She made her film debut in 1987 as the lead character, Kirsty Cotton, in Clive Barker's horror film Hellraiser (1987), a role she later reprised in Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988). Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), and Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2004). The film franchise established her as a prominent actress in horror, and she subsequently starred in Mikey (1992) and The Lurking Fear (1994), gaining the title of "scream queen".
Laurence's other notable film roles include Jenny Graves in Lightning Bug (2004) and Mrs. McCormack in Red (2008). In addition to film, Laurence has had guest appearances on several television series including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1996), Suddenly Susan (1997), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1999), and provided the voice of Missy Carter in the video game The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (2014).
She has been featured in several national advertising campaigns.Brooke Shields
Brooke Christa Shields (born May 31, 1965) is an American actress and model. She was initially a child model and gained critical acclaim at age 12 for her leading role in Louis Malle's film Pretty Baby (1978), in which she played a child prostitute in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century. Shields garnered widespread notoriety in the role, and she continued to model into her late teenage years and starred in several dramas in the 1980s, including The Blue Lagoon (1980), and Franco Zeffirelli's Endless Love (1981).
In 1983, Shields suspended her career as a model to attend Princeton University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Romance Languages. In the 1990s, Shields returned to acting and appeared in minor roles in films. She also starred in the NBC sitcoms Suddenly Susan (1996-2000), for which she received two Golden Globe nominations, and Lipstick Jungle (2008-2009). In 2017, Shields returned to NBC with a major recurring role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the show's 19th season. Since 2014, Shields has voiced Beverly Goodman in the Adult Swim animated series Mr. Pickles.Caroline Williams
Caroline Williams is an American actress and producer. She made her film debut in the 1975 film Smile. She is best known for role as Stretch in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre film series. Her other film roles include Alamo Bay (1985), The Legend of Billie Jean (1985), Stepfather II (1989), Days of Thunder (1990), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Halloween II (2009), and Hatchet 3 (2013). Williams has made guest appearances on several television series such as Hunter (1987), Murder, She Wrote (1992), ER (1996), Suddenly Susan (1996), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1997), The District (2003), and Grey's Anatomy (2010).Clyde Phillips (screenwriter)
Clyde B. Phillips is a writer and producer for television and film. He has written for the shows Dexter, Shout About Movies, Suddenly Susan, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Midas Valley, and Trapper John, M.D.. He has worked as a producer on Players, Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story, If Things Were Different, Bud and Lou, and as an executive producer of the shows Dexter, Get Real, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Eddie Dodd, Police Story: Cop Killer, Houston Knights, Northstar, and Midas Valley.David Strickland
David Gordon Strickland, Jr. (October 14, 1969 – March 22, 1999) was an American actor. He was best known for his role as the boyish rock music reporter Todd Stities in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan.Hal Williams
Halroy Candis Williams (born December 14, 1938) is an American actor, best known for his recurring role as Police Officer Smith ("Smitty") on Sanford and Son (1972–76) and as the patriarch Lester Jenkins, the husband of Marla Gibbs's character, on the NBC sitcom 227 (1985–90).
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Williams worked as a postal worker and corrections officer before moving to Hollywood to pursue an acting career.Williams started in the acting business in 1969. Since then, he has appeared in movies such as Paul Schrader's Hardcore, Howard Zieff's Private Benjamin (he also portrayed the role of Sgt L.C. "Ted" Ross in the television series of the same name), and Clint Eastwood's The Rookie. He was controversially fired from The Jimmy Stewart Show in 1971 at the insistence of its star, James Stewart. In the early to mid-1990s, he starred in many of comic Sinbad's productions, including The Sinbad Show and The Cherokee Kid. He played the grandfather in the Bernie Mac film Guess Who.
His other television credits include Moonlight, Moesha, Suddenly Susan, Minor Adjustments, L.A. Law, Night Court, Magnum, P.I., Hill Street Blues, Gimme a Break, The Jeffersons, The Dukes of Hazzard, T.J. Hooker, The Waltons, Knots Landing, The White Shadow, What's Happening!!, Good Times, Quincy, M.E., Kung Fu, S.W.A.T., Gunsmoke, That Girl, and Sanford and Son.
Williams is also the host of the annual Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation nationally televised telethon. Hal Williams was also on the show 227 with his co-Stars Marla Gibbs and Jackée Harry.Joel H. Cohen
Joel H. Cohen is a Canadian writer for Saturday Night Live, Suddenly Susan and The Simpsons. He is the younger brother of one-time Simpsons writer Robert Cohen, who penned the season three episode "Flaming Moe's". Cohen received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1988 from the University of Alberta. He was born in Calgary.
In addition to his work on The Simpsons, he is also the author of the best-selling book "How to Lose a Marathon". The book is a retelling of Joel's training for and running the New York marathon. It was released April 4 2017 by Abrams and as an audiobook by Audible.Judd Nelson
Judd Asher Nelson (born November 28, 1959) is an American actor who is best known for his roles as John Bender in The Breakfast Club, Alec Newbary in St. Elmo's Fire, Hot Rod / Rodimus Prime in The Transformers: The Movie and Transformers: Animated, Joe Hunt in Billionaire Boys Club, Nick Peretti in New Jack City, Billy Beretti in Empire, and Jack Richmond in the television series Suddenly Susan.Kathy's So-Called Reality
Kathy's So-Called Reality is a television clip show that aired in 2001, hosted by comedian and former Suddenly Susan star Kathy Griffin.The show was "part monologue, part round-table", featuring Griffin discussing clips from a variety of reality television shows the week prior with a panel of family and friends. According to Griffin, the reality shows, even the "scandal-plagued" Temptation Island, "amazingly" contributed clips to be mocked. The show premiered on February 4, 2001 on MTV, and ended on April 1, 2001 after airing only six episodes; the network did not renew the show due to low ratings. USA Today columnist Whitney Matheson wrote that the show "seemed to be struggling for content," and "all the good jokes are taken by the time Kathy's weekly rant sees airtime."Lee Shallat Chemel
Lee Shallat Chemel (born June 15, 1943 in Los Angeles, California), sometimes credited as Lee Shallat, is an American film and television director and television producer.
She began her professional directorial career at the South Coast Repertory theatre in Costa Mesa, California, while working at the same time as the head of the theatre's conservatory program. She also directed at the Shakespeare|Summerfest Orange County (originally the Grove Shakespeare Festival in Garden Grove, California and the Matrix Theatre in Hollywood. After a meeting with producer Gary David Goldberg, she made her television directorial debut in 1984 on the NBC television show Family Ties. Her career has included directing a multitude of shows including: Diff'rent Strokes, Murphy Brown, Mad About You, Suddenly Susan, Becker, Sydney, George Lopez, That's So Raven, Arrested Development, and The Middle, among other series. She has been nominated for three Emmy Awards, in 1992, 1994 and 1995. From 1996 to 1997, she directed twenty-three out of the first twenty-four episodes of Spin City.She became a producer in 1993, producing 30 episodes in the first two seasons of The Nanny, as well as 22 episodes of Gilmore Girls. In 2005, she directed the film Greener Mountains with a cast that included Kimberly McCullough and Curtis Armstrong. She has also directed a few television films.Mark Driscoll (screenwriter)
Mark Driscoll (born February 3, 1959) is an American television producer and writer. He attended Boston Latin School and took a post graduate year at the Phillips Exeter Academy. Driscoll graduated from Harvard University in 1982; during his time there he was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. He shared a Primetime Emmy Award for his writing on the sitcom Ellen for the episode "The Puppy Episode".Driscoll's other television credits include Married... with Children, Suddenly Susan, According to Jim, Hope & Faith and 90210. Also he has been currently working on Grey's Anatomy.Néstor Carbonell
Néstor Gastón Carbonell (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈnestoɾ ɣasˈtoŋ kaɾβoˈneʎ]; born December 1, 1967) is an American actor, director, and screenwriter. He came to prominence for his role as Luis Rivera in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan. He is known for his roles as Richard Alpert in the ABC drama series Lost and Sheriff Alex Romero in the A&E drama series Bates Motel. Carbonell also starred as Mayor Anthony Garcia in Christopher Nolan's superhero films The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).Phil Baker and Drew Vaupen
Phil Baker and Drew Vaupen are an American television writing and producing team. They are best known for creating the children's sitcom Good Luck Charlie for Disney Channel also serving as executive producers. Some of their other television credits include Pig Sty, Suddenly Susan, Almost Perfect, Common Law, Rodney and Sonny with a Chance. The writing team has been honored with two Kids' BAFTA awards and three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Children's Series.Rob Lotterstein
Rob Lotterstein is an American screenwriter and producer. He has written and produced for numerous television sitcoms including Boy Meets World, Suddenly Susan, Ellen and Will & Grace, as well as serving as creator and executive producer of the FOX sitcom The War at Home. Lotterstein also served as executive producer on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up!.Robbie Countryman
Robert "Robbie" Countryman (born in Los Angeles, California) is an American television director.
He began his career as a stage manager on the sitcom Growing Pains. His other stage managing credits include Martin, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper and So Little Time. While working on Mr. Cooper, he also became an assistant director, working on the series Suddenly Susan. As well as Women's Murder Club, The Unit, Brothers and Melissa & Joey.In 2004, he made his head directorial debut on Reba. His other directing credits include Just Jordan, Surviving Suburbia, The Wannabes, Wizards of Waverly Place, Pair of Kings, Let's Stay Together and Reed Between the Lines.
Countryman is graduate of University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Science.Roger Christiansen
Roger S. Christiansen is American television director.
Christiansen has worked as a director, associate director and technical coordinator for number of notable television series. His credits include Friends, Joey, Girlfriends, Hannah Montana, Drake & Josh, iCarly, Zoey 101, True Jackson, VP, The Haunted Hathaways, Suddenly Susan, Murphy Brown, Mad About You, The Drew Carey Show and For Your Love.
In addition, Christiansen has also taught film at University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Columbia University Film Division, Tokyo University of Technology and The School of Film and Television in Cuba.Steven Peterman
Steven Peterman is an American television producer, screenwriter, and actor. His credits includes Murphy Brown, Suddenly Susan, Becker, and Hannah Montana.
He is an Emmy winner in the category of Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the Murphy Brown episode "Jingle Hell, Jingle Hell, Jingle All the Way".The One After the Superbowl
"The One After the Superbowl" [sic] is a double-length episode of the American television sitcom Friends' second season. The episode premiered on NBC on January 28, 1996, as the lead-out for NBC's telecast of Super Bowl XXX. The main storyline of the episode follows Ross, who learns that his former pet monkey Marcel had been employed for a film being shot in New York City, and then tries to get a role in said film as a ploy to reunite with the monkey.
Citing previous failures for newly-launched series in the high-profile post-Super Bowl timeslot, NBC deliberately chose to bolster an existing, popular series rather than introduce a new one, as part of an effort by the network to achieve the "highest-grossing ad-revenue day in television history." The episode featured a large number of guest stars, including Brooke Shields, Chris Isaak, Julia Roberts, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Fred Willard, and Dan Castellaneta.
With 52.925 million viewers and a 47 percent audience share, it was the most-watched episode of the series, and is the highest-rated Super Bowl lead-out program of all time. "The One After the Superbowl" received mixed reviews, with some critics arguing that the excessive number of guest stars dampened the episode's quality (with several reviews commenting that it was reminiscent of The Love Boat), but others praising it for its funnier moments. Brooke Shields was considered a standout among the guest stars; impressed by her performance, NBC would cast her in the starring role of its new sitcom Suddenly Susan.