Fired Up (TV series)

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Fired Up
Format Situation comedy
Created by Arleen Sorkin
Paul Slansky[1]
Starring Sharon Lawrence
Leah Remini
Mark Feuerstein
Jonathan Banks
Theme music composer Mark Mothersbaugh[1]
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 28 (five unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s) Kelsey Grammer
Rudy Hornish[1]
Running time 30 min
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run April 10, 1997 – February 9, 1998

Fired Up is a short-lived NBC 1997–1998 situation comedy that lasted for two seasons and 28 episodes. The series, the first from Grammnet Productions, starred Sharon Lawrence as a self-centered promotions executive and Leah Remini as her mouthy assistant. When the pair got fired from their jobs, they teamed up to create a business as equal partners. The tagline of the series was "First she got fired, then she got fired up."

Plot[edit]

Gwendolyn Leonard epitomized the term "self-involved." After being fired from her corporate job, she was reduced to moving in with her former assistant, spunky Terry Reynolds, and starting up a new promotions business as her partner. Terry and her brother Danny shared a loft apartment atop a clock tower in New York City, and Danny worked as bartender at Clockworks, the restaurant below, while he pursued his dream of becoming a writer. Clockworks was owned by Guy Mann, an average Joe who adamantly pursued Gwen, though she kept him at arm's length (his response to each of her blow-offs was "Oh, yeah!").

Also regularly seen was Mrs. Francis, a crotchety unemployment agent whom Gwen ultimately inspired to quit her job and open an eggroll shop; Ashley Mann, Guy's son who worked as a female impersonator; Scott Bickley, Danny's lecherous agent who moonlighted as a suit salesman; and Steve Summer, a former classmate of Gwen's who'd carried a torch for her for decades. Infrequently seen were Gwen's snobbish mother Rita (Dixie Carter) and Terry and Danny's loud-mouthed mother Tina (Randee Heller).

Cast[edit]

History[edit]

Fired Up was a mid-season replacement on NBC. It premiered on April 10, 1997, and ended the first season on June 23 after 8 episodes. The second season premiered on September 22, 1997, and the last episode aired on February 9, 1998. It was a contemporary of shows like Caroline in the City and Suddenly Susan, and at one point, all three shows were part of a Monday-night promotion: "The Ladies of Monday Night."[2]

Reception[edit]

Caryn James of The New York Times said the series had a "topical premise and an edgy lead character, just what most sitcoms lack" but that after a promising start, its first season episodes lost the "sharp writing this series needs."[1]

Fired Up premiered in the "cushy Thursday night slot after Seinfeld"[1] through May 15, 1996, on a night that NBC promoted as Must See TV. It started out strong in the ratings; the premiere garnered an 18.8 rating and 29 share,[3] but after NBC changed its timeslot, the show lost its audience and NBC canceled it.

Syndication[edit]

Fired Up had a short-lived syndication on the USA Network.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Review of Fired Up from an April 10, 1997 article in The New York Times
  2. ^ Tucker, Ken (1997-10-19). "Women's Glib". ew.com. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  3. ^ Fired tops last of the crop from Variety

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