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A Funny Show with Great Supporting Cast.
(firstname.lastname@example.org) from st. pete, fl usa
17 March 2004
This is one of my favourite shows of all time. I was lucky to get some
episodes on tape before it went of the air. This show was created by by the
same team who created "Murphy Brown". Jay Thomas who played sleazy Talk Show
host Jerry Gold on "Murphy Brown" did so well with his character, winning an
Emmy, that he was given his own show. It originally had Susan Dey(Partridge
Family/LA Law) in it as Jay Thomas's love interest but she didn't work out
well. The second season had Annie Potts(Designing Women) added and this time
Jay Thomas plays Jack Stein a major columnist for the Times. He hangs out at
the Blue Shamrock bar/restaurant. He falls for the head chef played in
Season One by Susan Dey. Things do work out well between them at all and by
Season Two she ran off. Annie Potts replaces her as the new chef Dana fresh
from Italy where she has been living a free and fun life. This time total
opposites Jack and Dana butt heads but fall for each other big time. Just
before they were to get married, the show was cancelled by CBS during the
Third Season and the writers had her deported her to Italy!
The BEST thing about this show has always been the wonderful supporting
characters. Even in the first season when the leads were wondering around
lost in some funk, the supporting actors keep the show together and made it
worth watching. John Hancock played the Blue Shamrock owner until he died at
the end of season one. So well loved by the cast and crew his picture was
placed on the wall behind the bar after his death. The very funny Charlie
Robinson(Night Court/Ink) played his son and new owner the following season.
Joel Murray played lovable Ray the garbage man. The wonderful Joanna Gleason
plays Nadine the hostess/nosy busybody. Michael Nouri played Kip a self
centered actor who acts as if he's a big star though he is not. Susie
Plakson plays Jack's fellow co-worker/buddy. She is my favorite and gives
the best zingers.
If they ever show this in reruns somewhere give it a try. I think you will
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