Living Dolls

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This article is about the television show. For the documentary, see Living Dolls: The Making of a Child Beauty Queen.
Living Dolls
Genre Sitcom
Created by Ross Brown
Written by Ross Brown
Eric Gilliland
Directed by John Sgueglia
Starring Michael Learned
Leah Remini
Deborah Tucker
Alison Elliott
Halle Berry
Theme music composer John Beasley
John Vester
Opening theme "Living Dolls"
Composer(s) Jonathan Wolff
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Production
Executive producer(s) Ross Brown
Martin Cohan
Phyllis Glick
Blake Hunter
Producer(s) R.J. Colleary
Martha Williamson
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) ELP Communications
Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 26, 1989 (1989-09-26) – December 30, 1989 (1989-12-30)
Chronology
Related shows Who's the Boss?

Living Dolls is an American situation comedy featured on the fall 1989 schedule of ABC. It was a spin-off created by a writer from Who's the Boss? and featuring characters introduced during an episode of that show. The show is notable as the acting debut of Halle Berry.[1] Both Who's the Boss? and Living Dolls were produced by ELP Communications through Columbia Pictures Television and ABC.

Synopsis[edit]

The show featured Charlie Briscoe (Leah Remini), a friend of Samantha Micelli (the Who's the Boss? character played by Alyssa Milano). Samantha is dabbling in a modeling career and Charlie, a friend from Samantha's old Brooklyn neighborhood comes to visit. While doing some test shots for a dog food commercial, it is discovered that Charlie is very photogenic. Charlie was then befriended by the owner of a modeling agency for teenage girls, Trish Carlin (Michael Learned).

Reception[edit]

Living Dolls was universally derided by critics and received mostly negative reviews.[2] It was the only series to receive an "F" grade by People magazine in its 1989 fall preview issue.[3] ABC canceled the series after 12 episodes in December 1989.[4]

Production[edit]

The series had a back-door pilot on Who's the Boss? before turning into a series. In that episode, Vivica A. Fox played Kelly instead of Halle Berry.

Two pilots were made for the series. The first, in which Berry, Moscow, and Tucker did not appear, was produced to introduce Living Dolls as a spin-off. Their roles were portrayed by other actors. Executives disliked the original cast and held auditions for recasting.[2] Another pilot was shown directly before the Living Dolls premiere, which illustrates the reasons why Charlie moved in with Trish in the first place.

Cast[edit]

Episode guide[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "It's All Done with Mirrors" September 26, 1989
1-2 "It's My Party" September 30, 1989
1-3 "Martha Means Well" October 7, 1989
1-4 "Seeing Is Believing" October 21, 1989
1-5 "Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner" November 4, 1989
1-6 "Rick's Model Girlfriend" November 11, 1989
1-7 "The Not So Sweet Smell of Success" November 18, 1989
1-8 "The Flash Is Always Greener" November 25, 1989
1-9 "He's Ba-aack!" December 2, 1989
1-10 "C Is for Model" December 9, 1989
1-11 "And I Thought Modeling Was Hard" December 16, 1989
1-12 "Beauty and the Beat" December 30, 1989

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Halle Berry's Journey From Miss USA Runner-Up To Oscar Winner". Access Hollywood. June 16, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Ewey Johnson, Melissa (2009). Halle Berry: A Biography. ABC-CLIO. p. 21. ISBN 0-313-35834-6. 
  3. ^ "Throwing a Curveball: Surprising Spin-Offs". Screenrush. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "'Homeroom', 'Living Dolls' canceled by ABC". Sun Journal. 1989-12-06. p. 29. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 

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