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"Rude Awakening" (1998) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1998-2001


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Release Date:
1 August 1998 (USA) See more »
Rude. Bitchy. Promiscuous. And those are her good qualities. See more »
Billie Frank, an out of work alcoholic actress, used to be somewhat of a star in her day, but now she's all washed up... See more »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
This show is perfect... See more (16 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 58)

Sherilyn Fenn ... Billie Frank (55 episodes, 1998-2001)

Jonathan Penner ... Dave Parelli (55 episodes, 1998-2001)

Lynn Redgrave ... Trudy Frank (55 episodes, 1998-2001)

Rain Pryor ... Jackie Garcia (30 episodes, 1998-1999)

Series Directed by
Ellen Gittelsohn (24 episodes, 1998-2001)
J.D. Lobue (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Robert Berlinger (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
Timothy Busfield (4 episodes, 2000-2001)
Alan Myerson (3 episodes, 1998)
Amanda Bearse (2 episodes, 1998)
Jonathan Prince (2 episodes, 1998)
David Grossman (2 episodes, 2001)
Series Writing credits
Claudia Lonow (55 episodes, 1998-2001)
Andrea Abbate (10 episodes, 1998-2001)
Stephen Lloyd (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Pamela Eells (4 episodes, 1998-1999)
Emily Cutler (4 episodes, 1999-2001)
Dan Signer (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Andrea Frazer (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Herbert C. Goss (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
John Hunter (3 episodes, 2000)
Chuck Snyder (3 episodes, 2000)
Andrew Nicholls (2 episodes, 1999)
Darrell Vickers (2 episodes, 1999)
Shawn Schepps (2 episodes, 2001)

Series Produced by
Claudia Lonow .... executive producer / co-executive producer (55 episodes, 1998-2001)
Joe Voci .... executive producer (55 episodes, 1998-2001)
Andrea Abbate .... executive producer / consulting producer / ... (27 episodes, 1998-2001)
Peter Guber .... executive producer (15 episodes, 1998-2001)
Scott Sanders .... executive producer (15 episodes, 1998-2001)
Pam Veasey .... consulting producer (15 episodes, 2000-2001)
Pamela Eells .... executive producer (9 episodes, 1998-2000)
Terri Guarnieri .... producer (9 episodes, 1998-2000)
Deborah Scarborough .... associate producer (9 episodes, 1998-2000)
Russell Dague .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2000-2001)
Karen MacKain .... producer (5 episodes, 2001)
Shawn Schepps .... consulting producer (5 episodes, 2001)
Chris Selak .... producer (5 episodes, 2001)
Series Original Music by
Rick Marotta (6 episodes, 1998)
Paul Buckley (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Jonathan Wolff (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Series Cinematography by
Andrew Kassan (7 episodes, 1998-2001)
Alan Keath Walker (5 episodes, 1998-2000)
Series Film Editing by
Pamela Malouf (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
John Neal (6 episodes, 1998)

Jim Miley (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Eric Dawson (10 episodes, 1998)
Jason L. Wood (1 episode, 1999-2000)

Carol Kritzer (unknown episodes, 1998-1999)
Robert J. Ulrich (unknown episodes, 1998-1999)
Series Art Direction by
Alex Fuller (20 episodes, 2000-2001)
Series Costume Design by
Vikki Barrett (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Makeup Department
Linda D. Flowers .... hair department head / hair stylist (50 episodes, 1998-2001)
Marie Del Prete .... makeup (2 episodes, 1998-2000)

Tracey Levy .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Leslie Lightfoot .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Reid Nakamura .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Raymond Parra .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Esther Himbaugh .... associate director (13 episodes, 1998)
Pamela Malouf .... associate director (11 episodes, 1999-2000)

Michael J. Shea .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Christopher Harwood .... leadman (13 episodes, 1998)
Miles S. Richman .... lead painter (13 episodes, 1998)

Richard K. Wright .... on-set dresser (unknown episodes, 2000)
Series Sound Department
Tamara Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer (50 episodes, 1998-2001)

Peter Damski .... sound (unknown episodes)
Jeff A. Johnson .... production sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Andy King .... sound effects (unknown episodes)
Lisa J. Levine .... adr editor (unknown episodes)
Gene Semel .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Maria R. Kelly .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1998)
Mary Peters .... stunt double (1 episode, 1998)

Marla Casey .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jon Purdy .... camera operator (1 episode, 2000)

Tracy Howe .... grip (unknown episodes)
Stephen A. Jones .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Janet Markman .... casting by (1 episode, 2000)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Steffany Bernstein Pratt .... costume supervisor (50 episodes, 1998-2001)

Dawn A. DeWitt .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Robert S. Douglas .... on-line editor (55 episodes, 1998-2001)
Series Music Department
Andy King .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Matt Orefice .... writers: assistant / set production assistant (23 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ian Lyons .... production assistant (21 episodes, 1999-2000)
Teri Pensky .... stage manager (19 episodes, 2000-2001)
Beth Correll .... second stage manager (4 episodes, 1998)
Michele Azenzer Bear .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
Ron Paul .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
Christina Gunderson .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2001)

Rebecca Feldman .... accounting assistant (unknown episodes)
Capucine Lyons .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Marissa Pollock .... assistant to executive producer (unknown episodes)
Jeff 'Doc' Porter .... construction medic (unknown episodes)
Ryan Vandergriff .... intern (unknown episodes)
Nikki Woods .... production assistant (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
22 min (55 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The character of Billie Frank is based upon Claudia Lonow's experience. Billie is an ex-soap actress who is famous for portraying a character called Diana Gateway in a series called "Emerald Bluff". Claudia Lonow is famous for portraying Diana Fairgate in "Knots Landing" (1979).See more »
Jackie:If anyone can bounce back, it's me; I'm like the Energizer Junkie.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Une Américaine à Paris (2002) (TV)See more »
Another Rude AwakeningSee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
This show is perfect..., 1 October 2000
Author: Joshua Bozeman from Evansville, Indiana

From the storylines to the characters, Rude Awakening is awesome. I love this show, and to the first comment on the page, it's awful? No way. The characters, almost all of them alcoholics, well...former alcoholics sort of...they have something to them that just makes you wanna watch every week. I think this is definitely one of Showtime's best series, and I hope it stays on for some time to come. I must say, I hate this season's version of the theme song at the start of the sounds like a drunk sang it! Other than that, Billie cracks me up every episode, and Dave...Dave is the man. I haven't seen him outside of Rude Awakening very often, but I think he is a great, funny actor, who keeps me watching week after week. I sometimes find myself wishing to be in Dave's shows...what a great life he has. Run the coffee bar, get into the sack with Billie, run the coffee bar.....

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