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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 22)

Jay Mohr ... Peter Dragon (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Illeana Douglas ... Wendy Ward (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Jarrad Paul ... Adam Rafkin (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Jack Plotnick ... Stuart Glazer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Buddy Hackett ... Uncle Lonnie (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Lee Arenberg ... Bobby G. (9 episodes, 1999-2000)
Fab Filippo ... Holden Van Dorn (6 episodes, 1999-2000)

Series Directed by
John Fortenberry (2 episodes, 1999)
John Whitesell (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Writing credits
Chris Thompson (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Don Reo (3 episodes, 1999)
Will Forte (2 episodes, 1999)
Adam Hamburger (2 episodes, 1999)
David Hamburger (2 episodes, 1999)
Ron Zimmerman (2 episodes, 1999)
James Vallely (2 episodes)

Series Produced by
Barry Katz .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Don Reo .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Joel Silver .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Chris Thompson .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Vahan Moosekian .... supervising producer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mark Nasser .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
James Vallely .... consulting producer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ron Zimmerman .... co-executive producer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)

Brian Volk-Weiss .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Paul Buckley (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jonathan Wolff (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Cinematography by
Paul Maibaum (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Film Editing by
Ivan Ladizinsky (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jonathon Braun (6 episodes, 1999)
Series Casting by
Brett Benner (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Debby Romano (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Production Design by
Carlos Barbosa (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Set Decoration by
Kristin Peterson (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Costume Design by
Jane Janiger (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Makeup Department
Susan Kelber .... hair stylist (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Martha Preciado .... makeup artist (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Michael Reitz .... hair designer: Illeana Douglas (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Jeffrey M. Zeitlin .... unit production manager (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scottie Gissel .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brad Michaelson .... first assistant director (8 episodes, 1999)
Richard T. Schor .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1999-2000)

Steve Lonano .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Thomas R. Cahill .... property master (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Dennis Winters .... set dresser (12 episodes, 1999)
Richard J. Bayard .... construction coordinator (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mike Malone .... on-set dresser (9 episodes, 1999-2000)

James Diggs .... lead painter (unknown episodes)
Holiday Landa .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Jared Scardina .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Robert Crozier .... sound editor (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Yervant Hagopian .... utility sound (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Fowler .... sound mixer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)

Bob Arons .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Kami Asgar .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Bryan M. Cahill .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Matt Temple .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Tim Tuchrello .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Damian Fisher .... technician: Steve Johnson's XFX (unknown episodes)
John R. McConnell .... pre-visualization: XFX Inc. (unknown episodes)
Steve Newburn .... technician: Steve Johnson's XFX (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Monty L. Simons .... stunt coordinator (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Rick Avery .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Newburn .... light board operator (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
David A. Santos .... dolly grip / grip (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Paul Caven .... lighting technician (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Don Duffield .... key grip (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Gary Haselbusch .... gaffer (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Charles Papert .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael-Ryan Fletchall .... crane operator (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Russell McElhatton .... camera operator (2 episodes)

Bonnie Blake .... camera operator: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Louie DeMarco .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Rocky Ford .... grip (unknown episodes)
John Waldo .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Robyn Owen .... casting associate (1 episode)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Howard Sussman .... costume supervisor (1 episode, 1999)
Series Editorial Department
Dan Judy .... colorist (12 episodes, 1999)
Anthony J. Rivard .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 1999-2000)

John Allen Ross .... post-production assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Warren Zevon .... performer: theme song (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jack Diamond .... music editor (12 episodes, 1999)
Series Transportation Department
Hedy Phil Balani .... production driver (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jim Petti .... transportation captain (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
J. Wesley Adams .... transportation captain (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Other crew
Esther Himbaugh .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Eric Allan Lev .... production staff / assistant: Chris Thompson (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ed Lippman .... location manager (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Lisa Resnick-Doty .... production staff / assistant: Chris Thompson (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Oliver Barnett .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Will Forte .... story editor (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jordan Graubard .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Adam Hamburger .... executive story editor (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
David Hamburger .... executive story editor (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Joshua Krist .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brittany Levin .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Lisa Martley .... production coordinator (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Diane Mercer .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Julie Miller .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Cynthia Mariela Muñoz Jugo .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Adam Ross .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Benjamin Scissors .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brian Volk-Weiss .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michelle Wilkerson .... production staff (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Gary J. Charlton .... production accountant (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Steve Lonano .... production staff (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Anthony J. Rivard .... production staff (8 episodes, 1999)
Andy Pancho .... production staff (7 episodes, 1999-2000)
Evo Rondini .... production staff (7 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jamie McGuire .... production staff (5 episodes, 1999)
Zoran Rakovic .... production staff (4 episodes, 1999-2000)

Kelli Sample .... assistant: Gil Junger (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
30 min (13 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating)

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The 13th episode was originally billed as the season finale but then it was changed to the series finale since the show was canceled.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Eureka! I have found it--, 11 October 1999
Author: Eric Rodriguez ( from Studio City, CA

Very much in the spirit of "The Newsroom" (Canadian sitcom, 1996), this is not only the best show of the new Fall lineup, but possibly the best show of the last few decades. I am very critical and would never say such a thing lightly.

Kudos to FOX for, rather than pushing the envelope in the direction of greater sensory stimulation, going the other way--daring to air a show with limited music, few seasick-inducing camera movements, little overt emotion and no laugh track. These four elements, once used to spice up programs, have come to be relied upon exclusively. The nature of the new lineup makes it obvious that even if the viewing public have not yet been dumbed down to the level of monkeys who have lost the ability to detect nuances of character, speech and plot (and whose attention can only be held with bells, whistles and flashing lights), Hollywood certainly believes we have and treats us accordingly.

Thus the more refreshing the arrival of "Action," which bucks the bread-and-circus trend with true sophistication. The persistent AMORALITY of the characters in an era of extremes on either end ("7th Heaven" vs. "Beavis & Butt-Head," for instance) is a relatively new concept. Instead of doing a 180, so to speak, from morality to immorality or vice-versa, the show is able to sustain this 90-degree variation and make it believable.

Fine acting ability along with well-written scripts allows the characters to convey abundant meaning through raised eyebrows, intense looks, sly grins, double-entendre and body language. In fact rarely does anyone break a smile. Thus there is no need to hammer the viewer over the head with laughter, crying, screaming, hollering, or slapstick. There is bad language, but just as violence supported the plot in the film "Die Hard" instead of the other way around (which is customary), the cursing merely supplements the script rather than being its bread-and-butter. And amazingly, the crude frankness of the characters does serious damage to the concept that Hollywood is a plastic town full of phonies who never speak their minds. Indeed, most of the superficiality is to be found in the characters on other shows.

But, tuning in each week is a bittersweet experience because you realize that few shows that reach such a high level (e.g., "Homicide") pull in the numbers, so the next few episodes may be the last. Or, as happened with "The Newsroom," the creative types behind the project may just decide one day that they're tired of this and move on to something else.

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