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I watched this show in reruns, and it was actually extremely funny.
Dana Ivey and James Cromwell were a scream as the brother and
sister-in-law. The writing was sharp and the cast of veteran actors did
as much as they could with the material.
I think the show didn't have a chance, coming as it did right in the shadow of Loni Anderson's WKRP success. People were either waiting for Anderson to bomb, or wanting her to be Jennifer Marlowe again. The show was not given enough time to develop, nor was it allowed to stand on its own merits without the inevitable comparisons to WKRP.
I wish Lifetime or TVLand would show reruns of it again. Just long enough for me to see the episode where James Cromwell gets in a fist fight at a Lakers game again.
This show experienced a short renaissance on Lifetime Television Network in the early 90s. The writing was, for the most part, good (and in some cases, downright smashing). Unfortunately, a lot of expectations were riding on Loni Anderson's ability to score a hit after leaving WKRP in Cincinnati (this was her first series after that show). And when the show failed to deliver the numbers that were expected (due in part, I think, to poor scheduling and inadequate promotion by the network), the show went into a rapid downward spiral. Which is a pity, because Anderson gathered perhaps one of the finest casts imaginable for this show. Broadway actress Dana Ivey and future-Oscar-nominee James Cromwell shone as the rich in-laws who are constantly trying to oust Anderson's character from their midst. Ivey and Cromwell wrung every bit of comic juice from the material, with Ivey stealing (characteristically) pretty much every scene she was in. Unfortunately, the show was canceled before it could hit its stride, and the actors went on to greener pastures. I think, if it had been given a chance, it could have been a hit.
I'm really bored so I feel the need to write a review of the pilot
episode I saw when it originally aired way back in 1986.
This series was obviously a rehash of 'The Beverly Hillbillies' with a fish out of water scenario.
The premise: Two elderly grizzle impoverished rednecks have nothing better to do than joke about killing themselves when Loni Anderson arrives as one of their long lost daughter or granddaughters.
Anderson has hit it big time as a showgirl gold digger and married a Beverly Hills billionaire. After a brief marriage she's become a mega rich widow and come to rescue her grizzel father or grandfather and his friend from a life of poverty.
The troubles in paradise come from the late husband's family headed by villain James Cromwell. ('Babe') The fact that I can still remember the plot after all these years means it was either really good or really bad. But I honestly cannot remember which.
I thought this show was excellent - Loni Anderson was great as a
showgirl who married a young rich husband - who unfortunately passed
away - leaving her to defend herself against the remaining family
members of her late husband, who want her to get none of the money, and
to simply be out of the picture. While she wants to be fair, she
intends to take care of herself also, and not be pushed out of what is
The supporting cast was fantastic, though I wish I could remember the names - James Cromwell was the yuppie husband of his evil socialite wife, who is a great actress. Jack Elam was fantastic, and had he not passed away a couple of years back, would have been great to have seen in an update.
I thought this show was intelligent - it showed some of the world of the "snobs" - including some of the very real pressures on them, in a very comical setting. And of course, Loni Anderson looked great!
Although this wasn't the best comedy in the world, it isn't too bad--but as my summary said--it was Jack Elam and Lee Weaver that made the show such fun to watch. It was Bully and Ricardo's down home attitude that made the show such fun to watch. All in all, not a bad show, but it could have been better.
Loni Anderson plays a rich girl who loves to play tennis, eat expensive meals, shop, & spend, spend, spend. If I remember correctly, her two comedic godfathers come to live with her in her plush mansion. All of the sudden having money is something they are NOT used to...& that is were the laughs come in. The show was really cute on the lines of the Beverly Hillbillies meets Down & Out in Beverly Hills...ratings were not in line due to stiff competition(s) on the same night and even though it was switched to another night, it was too late. I doubt that this one will make it into TVLAND or somewhere like that, but if it does, try & watch about two or three episodes & you will get the idea of what the whole thing was about. Z. 1-10 (6)
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