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Rude Awakening 

TV-MA | | Comedy | TV Series (1998–2001)
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. With the help of her mother, Trudy, Billie tries to pick up the pieces... See full summary »

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Claudia Lonow
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2001   2000   1999   1998  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
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
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Storyline

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. With the help of her mother, Trudy, Billie tries to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. Billie meets Dave, a guy who lives in her apartment building, and is also an alcoholic. The show is based upon their relationship, along with all the others in AA with them. Written by Jonesy

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... perfect for Showtime. See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Príserná kocovina See more »

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Runtime:

(55 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Trudy: Because of me, you lived here, rent-free, for years.
Billie: Mother, I was a child!
Trudy: An ungrateful one.
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Soundtracks

Another Rude Awakening
(Title Theme: 1998-2000)
Theme by Claudia Lonow, Chuck E. Weiss & Tony Gilkyson
Performed by Alana Davis
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The season premiere was brutally honest look at how far someone will go to score drugs.
24 July 2000 | by amythest85See all my reviews

I saw the season premiere and I couldn't stop laughing. Sure the show had it's serious moments, but it was funnier more than it was dramatic. I liked Billie's (Sherilyn Fenn's) friend, Maureen (a guest appearance by off and on actress/singer Taylor Dayne). Taylor was great as Billie's druggie friend. I just hope that her role is a recurring one. If you who loved "Seinfeld" and adore "Veronica's Closet" then this show is definitely for you. Of course, you have to get Showtime before you can watch it.


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