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10 August 1996 (USA) See more »
Arliss Michaels is not a sports agent, he is a sports super agent. To his athletes and to the world around them he is God... See more »
2 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 89)

Robert Wuhl ... Arliss Michaels (79 episodes, 1996-2002)

Sandra Oh ... Rita Wu (53 episodes, 1996-2002)

Jim Turner ... Kirby Carlisle (52 episodes, 1996-2002)

Michael Boatman ... Stanley Babson (46 episodes, 1996-2002)

Series Directed by
Michael Grossman (12 episodes, 1998-2002)
Robert Wuhl (8 episodes, 1996-2002)
Stephen C. Confer (7 episodes, 1998-2002)
Melanie Mayron (7 episodes, 1998-2002)
Timothy Marx (6 episodes, 1997-2002)
John Murray (5 episodes, 1999-2002)
Rodman Flender (4 episodes, 1996-1997)
Linda Rockstroh (4 episodes, 1998-2001)
Rena Sternfeld-Allon (4 episodes, 1999-2002)
Peter Baldwin (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
Andy Wolk (2 episodes, 1996-1999)
Nick Marck (2 episodes, 1996)
John Fortenberry (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
John Payson (2 episodes, 1997)
Ellen S. Pressman (2 episodes, 1997)
Perry Lang (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Writing credits
Robert Wuhl (80 episodes, 1996-2002)
Joan Ackermann (16 episodes, 1996-2002)
Matt McGuinness (13 episodes, 1998-2002)
Kevin Falls (12 episodes, 1996-2000)
Allan Stephan (11 episodes, 1998-2002)
Barry Gold (8 episodes, 1997-2000)
Nunzio DeFilippis (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Christina Weir (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Norman Chad (3 episodes, 1997-2000)
Rebecca Reynolds (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Andy Munsey (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Jon Hayman (2 episodes, 1996)
Scott Kaufer (2 episodes, 1997)
Chrisanne Eastwood (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Seth Greenland (2 episodes, 2002)

Series Produced by
Timothy Marx .... executive producer / supervising producer / ... (80 episodes, 1996-2002)
Michael Tollin .... executive producer (80 episodes, 1996-2002)
Bruce Kirschbaum .... supervising producer (13 episodes, 1997-1998)
Billy Crawford .... co-producer (10 episodes, 1997)
Scott Kaufer .... supervising producer (10 episodes, 1997)
Dan Kaplow .... producer (1 episode, 1998-2000)
Kevin Falls .... co-executive producer (1 episode, 1999)
Barry Gold .... producer (1 episode, 1999)
Brian Robbins .... executive producer (1 episode, 1999)
Peter Barnett .... producer (1 episode, 2000)

John Murray .... associate producer (unknown episodes, 1997-1999)
Sam Henry Kass .... producer (unknown episodes, 1999-2000)
Judith Blume .... co-producer / producer (unknown episodes)
Jonny Fink .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Bruce Golin .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Ann Holm .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Rebecca Reynolds .... producer (unknown episodes)
Robert Wuhl .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Ed Smart (80 episodes, 1996-2002)
Series Cinematography by
Paul Maibaum (1 episode, 1996)

Stephen C. Confer (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Wendy Smith (16 episodes, 2000-2002)
Thomas R. Moore (5 episodes, 1996)

John Murray (unknown episodes, 1996-1999)
Morgan Beatty (unknown episodes)
Lee Haxall (unknown episodes)
Heather MacDougall (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Lisa London (14 episodes, 1996-1998)
Pamela Frazier (9 episodes, 2001)
Catherine Stroud (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Series Production Design by
Cherie Baker (34 episodes, 1996-1998)

Naomi Slodki (unknown episodes, 1999-2002)
Series Set Decoration by
Sara Andrews (unknown episodes, 1998-2001)
Shirley Starks (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Jacqueline Saint Anne (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Lisa Nash-Jones .... key makeup artist (21 episodes, 1996-1997)
Maria Valdivia .... key hair stylist (12 episodes, 1999)

Diana Acrey .... hair department head (unknown episodes)
Tony Gardner .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
Isabel Harkins .... makeup department head (unknown episodes)
Anthony Miner .... key hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Angela Moos .... makeup department head (unknown episodes)
Alex Proctor .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Mark Rappaport .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
Julie Socash .... key makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Sylvia Surdu .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Scott Williams .... hair department head (unknown episodes)
Faye Woods .... key hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Christopher J. Ray .... post-production supervisor (5 episodes, 2002)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Linda Rockstroh .... first assistant director (33 episodes, 1996-2001)
Anton Cropper .... second assistant director / first assistant director: second unit (11 episodes, 2002)
Zia Iampietro .... second second assistant director (11 episodes, 2002)
Jana Ludwigova .... second second assistant director (10 episodes, 2001)
Todd A. Covert .... second second assistant director (4 episodes, 1996)
Joth Riggs .... second second assistant director (2 episodes, 1997)

Ime Etuk .... dga trainee (unknown episodes, 2000)
Graham Kurzner .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Michael A. Clark .... construction coordinator (63 episodes, 1996-2002)
Stoney Emshwiller .... set dresser (59 episodes, 1997-2002)
Adam Braid .... set dresser (25 episodes, 1997-1999)
Eric Rood .... greens (11 episodes, 2002)
Richard Ewan .... set painter (10 episodes, 1997)
Mike Ortiz .... props (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Kieran Brown .... painter (2 episodes, 1997-2001)

David Baker .... property master (unknown episodes)
Colleen Broderick .... set decoration buyer (unknown episodes)
Jill Carvalho .... buyer (unknown episodes)
Sam Dean .... propmaker (unknown episodes)
Stacey Keefe .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Roger L. King .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Marc Meisels .... lead man (unknown episodes)
Joshua Meltzer .... property master (unknown episodes)
John S. Ogden .... propmaker (unknown episodes)
Douglas W. Randall .... property assistant (unknown episodes)
Steve Salazar .... propmaker (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Ken McLaughlin .... production sound mixer (59 episodes, 1997-2002)
Zeke Richardson .... foley recordist (25 episodes, 1997-1999)
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (17 episodes, 1997-1999)
Douglas Shamburger .... boom operator (13 episodes, 1997-1998)
Don Digirolamo .... re-recording mixer (10 episodes, 2001)

Steve Nelson .... sound mixer (unknown episodes, 2000)
David Beadle .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Craig Clark .... sound supervisor (unknown episodes)
Daniel Colman .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Jesse Dodd .... foley mixer (unknown episodes)
Jason England .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Tom Hartig .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Marti D. Humphrey .... re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Sean Keegan .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Adam Kroloff .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Terry O'Bright .... re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Chris Ostler .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Keith Rogers .... re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Michael Swantek .... assistant dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Ronald L. Wright .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
John C. Carlucci .... special effects technician (1 episode, 1996)

Michael Gaspar .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Josh Hakian .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Jim Palmer .... stunts (1 episode, 1998)
Dain Turner .... stunts (1 episode, 1998)
Tierre Turner .... stunts (1 episode, 1998)
Noon Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1999)
Horace Knight .... stunt player (1 episode, 2000)
Christopher Robbins .... stunts (1 episode, 2000)
Brian Danner .... sword stunts (1 episode, 2002)

Ken Clark .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Ray Lykins .... stunt double: Robert Wuhl (unknown episodes)
Rob Mars .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Brandon Molale .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Mark Munoz .... stunts: jockey (unknown episodes)
Carrick O'Quinn .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Chris Palermo .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Denney Pierce .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Stephen W. Schriver .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Tim Sitarz .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Ruiz .... first assistant camera (80 episodes, 1996-2002)
Daniel Bracamonte .... assistant chief lighting technician / lighting technician (69 episodes, 1997-2002)
John Magallon .... gaffer (46 episodes, 1999-2002)
Randy Tepper .... still photographer (34 episodes, 1996-2000)
James Barker .... best boy electric (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Randy Kwan .... camera loader (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Tim Phelps .... gaffer (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Peter Gulla .... camera operator: "a" camera (22 episodes, 1996-1997)
Brooks Robinson .... Steadicam operator (20 episodes, 1997-2002)
Bruce Sharp .... electrician (11 episodes, 1996)
Rusty Davis .... grip (11 episodes, 2002)
Raynee Borchardt .... grip (10 episodes, 1997)
Jose F. Cruz .... grip (10 episodes, 2001)
Michael T. James .... grip (6 episodes, 2000)
Gina Degirolamo .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1996-1997)
Patriq Luo .... electrician (3 episodes, 2000)
Joe Pacella .... film loader (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Eric Fletcher .... camera operator / director of photography: second unit (3 episodes, 2002)
Paul Farley .... grip (2 episodes, 1996)

Craig D. Forrest .... camera operator: video segments (unknown episodes, 1997)
Darin Moran .... Steadicam assistant (unknown episodes, 1998)
Alfred Castillo .... grip (unknown episodes)
John Farmer .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Frederick Lawrence .... grip (unknown episodes)
Gerry O'Malley .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
Jason Wood .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
Brian Bero .... animatronic baby effects (unknown episodes)
Mark Rappaport .... animatronic baby effects (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Chris Bustard .... extras casting (35 episodes, 1998-2002)
Tyler Fahringer .... extras casting (21 episodes, 2001-2002)

Stephanie Holbrook .... casting assistant (unknown episodes, 1997)
Shawnae D. Muck .... casting assistant (unknown episodes, 2000-2001)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Steffany Bernstein Pratt .... costume supervisor (46 episodes, 1999-2002)
Tess Inman .... key costumer (41 episodes, 1996-1999)
Ricardo Richard Alvarez .... key costumer (10 episodes, 2001)
Mark Walcott .... set costumer (6 episodes, 1999)

Deborah Curtis .... key costumer (unknown episodes, 2000)
Katie Harrold .... wardrobe (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
George Delaney .... final colorist (11 episodes, 2002)

Steve Edwards .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Ed Rowin .... colorist (unknown episodes)
Rebecca Simon .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Lance Stubblefield .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Location Management
Diane Friedman .... location manager (60 episodes, 1996-2002)
Victoria Leskin .... key assistant location manager (3 episodes, 2002)
Series Music Department
Les Brockmann .... music scoring mixer (80 episodes, 1996-2002)

David Beadle .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Fernand Bos .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Gina August .... driver (1 episode, 1996)
William R. Peck .... driver (1 episode, 1996)
Adam Pinkstaff .... transportation captain (1 episode, 1996)
Chris Haynes .... driver (1 episode, 2000)

Maxwell R. Johnson II .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
Bradley Sackin .... driver (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Steven Werbkay .... production coordinator / asst. production coordinator (25 episodes, 1999-2000)
Peter Tolle .... production accountant (21 episodes, 1996-2002)
Kelly Patterson .... assistant production coordinator (21 episodes, 2001-2002)
Michael Roccuzzo .... first assistant accountant (13 episodes, 2000)
Timothy P. Tundel .... first assistant accountant (13 episodes, 2000)
Kristin Klier .... assistant to producer (12 episodes, 1997-1998)
Malia Mangum .... first assistant accountant (12 episodes, 1999)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (12 episodes, 2000-2002)
Bianca D'Carpio .... production assistant (11 episodes, 2002)
Brent C. Johnson .... production assistant (11 episodes, 2002)
Chris Roensch .... executive producer assistant (11 episodes, 2002)
Kent Ford .... set manager (10 episodes, 1997)

Craig Conover .... craft service (unknown episodes, 1998-2001)
Kimberly Aguirre .... payroll accountant (unknown episodes, 1999)
Jim Roberts .... set medic (unknown episodes, 2001-2002)
Peter Barnett .... accountant (unknown episodes)
Chuck Conway .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Cristin L. Cornett .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Jeanie Daniels .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Brian Danner .... assistant sword choreographer / assistant sword master / ... (unknown episodes)
Fred Fein .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Wendi E. Friedman .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Ande Hecht-Endewardt .... post-production accountant: The Audit Trail (unknown episodes)
Jason Hunt .... key set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Mark Ivie .... sword double (unknown episodes)
Stacey Keefe .... assistant production office coordinator (unknown episodes)
Audra Levi .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Frederic Perrin .... caterer (unknown episodes)
Dylan Quirt .... key set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Carrie Shaw .... assistant production office coordinator (unknown episodes)
Anna Sivak .... assistant: Timothy Marx (unknown episodes)
Sharon 'Mae' West .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Lynnanne Zager .... voices (unknown episodes)

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30 min (80 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In one episode of the show, we see Ariss Michaels watching on old video of himself winning money on "The $10,000 Pyramid" game show. We learn that Michaels used his winnings as seed money to start his agency business. Robert Wuhl was an actual contestant on the show and the game show footage that aired was real.See more »
Giselle:Perhaps I underestimated you.
Arliss Michaels:Oh I hope so. I make my living off of people that underestimate me.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Naked Movie (2002)See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
25 Sports Agents Dead In The Road?...a good start!, 8 February 2006
Author: Shapster11

I borrowed the lawyer's joke to make a point about Arliss, the agent. Devoid of real consistent ethics Arli$$ Michaels is the epitome of the complex character who treads equally on the honorable side and the ethically challenged. Mix in a bit of conscience with a dash of capitalistic greed and that describes Arli$$ and the AMM Management team.

As for the players they are (were) first rate. Robert Wuhl is phenomenal as the namesake character Arliss Michaels. Combining terrific story lines with a real sense of what and how an agent thinks this comedian turned actor hits a bullseye. The show was, after all, his idea and creation. Jim Turner is ideal as the former jock, first round draft pick and first Arli$$ client, playboy burnout Kirby Carlisle. Michael Boatman is superb as Stanley Babson, the erstwhile V.P. of Finance who often attempts to induce some morality and class into the organization. Occasionally Stanley is faced with the perplexing situation of doing what is right or what is best for the client?, AMM?, or Stanley? Finally there is Sandra Oh as Rita Wu, Arli$$' long suffering secretary. Forever loyal Rita is underpaid, under-appreciated, and under-minded by Arli$$ and almost always Kirby. Rita has her dilemma's of conscience as well but she is insightful yet gullible and always longing to meet Mr. Right so she can quit her job which she really loves. Sound confusing? It is because the show displayed all the nuances of good character development and story lines.

Mix this all in with great guest stars from sports and entertainment and you get a rapid, fast paced 1/2 hour show never wanting for a good laugh or a tear. Arliss has been gone since 2002 and is now a regular late night entry onto ESPN Classic's repertoire. The only problem is this show, like many made for cable, does not have points at which commercial breaks are accounted for and language is censored thereby lessening the fun for those of us fans. Yet, for the newcomer, a whole new generation can enjoy the comic timing and plot lines. Some of the athletes are now dated in time but it is easy to follow. A highly recommended show!!!

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