Diana (US TV series)
|Created by||Gordon Farr
|Written by||Leonard Stern|
Richard B. Shull
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Running time||25 mins.|
|Original run||September 10, 1973– January 7, 1974|
Diana is an American sitcom that aired on NBC during the 1973-1974 television season that was created by Leonard Stern, which ran from September 10, 1973 to January 7, 1974. The series was filmed in front of a live studio audience at CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles.
The series starred Diana Rigg in her first American television series as Diana Smythe, a recently divorced British fashion designer who moves to America in the hopes of becoming more noticed in the fashion world by relocating to New York City, where she land a high-profile job as a fashion co-ordinator at Buckley's Department Store. She also moves into her brother's apartment, which has a habit for having several women showing up unannounced, even though he was out of the country. Each episode finds Diana trying to adjust to the American life with help from her next door neighbor Holly Green, copywriter Howard Tollbrook, window decorator Marshall Tyler and new pal Jeff Harmon, while dealing with her boss Norman Brodnik and his wife Norma.
Prior to being picked up by NBC, the series had the working title The Diana Rigg Show with Rigg playing Elyse Symthe. Also in the pilot was Nanette Fabray as Norma Brodnik, but after it was changed to Diana, Fabray was replaced with Barrie in the Norma role.
NBC was hoping to capitalize on the success of single and independent women sitcoms by using Rigg, given her credentials in film and TV, with this attempt to copy The Mary Tyler Moore Show. However, it would turn out to be a mistake as it wound up trailing both Gunsmoke and The Rookies on Monday nights, eventually leading to its cancellation on January 7, 1974.