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The main reason Delta Burke did this TV Series was to rid her of her role as Suzanne Sugarbaker on "Designing Women" where her contract was not renewed for the 1991-1992 season. This show showed us a different side of her. Delta Bishop was a country singer. Suzanne Sugarbaker couldn't sing - at all, as Julia said on "Designing Women". Though it lasted one season, the show made an impact on her career. In 1995, she did star as Suzanne again in the short-lived comedy "Women of the House".
Delta Bishop was an enthusiastic woman who decided she wanted to make
it in country music, just like her idol, Patsy Cline. When her husband
Charlie refused to support her dream, she dumped him, quit her job as a
hairstylist, moved in with her ditsy cousin Lavonne, and got a job
waitressing at The Green Lantern bar, where Cline once sang. Working at
the bar was Darden Towe, the owner with a gruff exterior but a heart of
gold, and Connie, a loudmouth black lady from Detroit who despised
Southerners. Lavonne's husband Buck (Bill Engvall in an early turn as
his patented blue-collar redneck character) was a constant foil for
Delta, and Lavonne's boss Thelma was constantly spouting off eccentric
advice (the same sort of dialogue Beth Grant rattled off a decade later
beside Burke in "Sordid Lives"). Arriving late to the series (after
Delta reverted to brunette hair) were Delta's sleazy agent, the
egotistical "tune mogul" Sandy, and Delta's shrill mother Rosiland.
Following a very public behind-the-scenes battle on "Designing Women," "Delta" was supposed to be Burke's big comeback. Didn't quite work that way. The problem is that the show features a large cast, but it wasn't an ensemble -- Burke was the star of the show, all of the others were just eccentric background characters. Darden was given more dimension than any of the other characters (it was obvious he'd have been a potential love interest if the show had survived), and Buck, Connie and Thelma each had numerous scene-stealing moments, but the rest of the characters were forgettable... not unlike the show itself.
Burke later said that she felt pressured to do the show when it was offered, and she wasn't entirely comfortable singing - which shows. Delta can pull off singing a song every now and then, but some of the songs she was forced to sing were out of her range to begin with and she often seemed unsure of herself while performing.
All in all, there was a great cast, an occasional big-name country guest star, a few funny moments and catchy songs but overall it was a fairly mediocre series.
Found the season premiere of this on one of my old videotapes. A cool concept that turned out to be pretty lame. Delta Burke deserved better than this tripe. I remember watching this when it first aired and expected something exceptional. What a disappointment. The year 1992 was the perfect time to have a clever series with the Nashville country music scene as a backdrop. Can you imagine all of the great legends that could have made cameos??????? So many stories of Country-Western wanna-be's and has-been's could have been used as plot lines. And Delta auditioning and trying to find her way to stardom. Too bad this didn't work.
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