The Knights of Prosperity

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The Knights of Prosperity
KOP Logo on-airBLK.png
Network Logo for The Knights of Prosperity
Format Sitcom
Created by Rob Burnett
David Letterman
Jon Beckerman
Starring Donal Logue
Sofía Vergara
Lenny Venito
Maz Jobrani
Kevin Michael Richardson
Josh Grisetti
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Camera setup Single-camera setup
Running time 30 minutes
(including commercials)
Production company(s) B&B Productions
Worldwide Pants Incorporated
ABC Studios (as Touchstone Television)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original run January 3, 2007 – August 23, 2007

The Knights of Prosperity is an American comedy series that premiered on ABC in the United States on Wednesday, January 3, 2007. It was created by Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman, who also created the NBC comedy-drama Ed. The show follows a group of misfits—the titular Knights—who attempt to rob various celebrities, the first being Mick Jagger (Jagger was also credited as one of the executive producers, along with the creators and David Letterman, whose production company Worldwide Pants Incorporated also backed Ed). Later in the series, the attempt to rob his luxury apartment failed, and the team moved onto new targets Kelly Ripa and later Ray Romano. The series was made by the creators' company B&B (which had an animated logo with the two Bs and the ampersand as a trio of magicians performing a different trick each episode), Worldwide Pants Incorporated and ABC Studios.

The series initially aired on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. before being moved to 8:30. The series was pulled after airing nine episodes and then officially canceled by ABC.[1] On August 8, after 5 months off the air, ABC broadcast two episodes and then pulled the sitcom once again.[2] On August 17, 2007, the network made all 13 episodes available for viewing on ABC.com, but were later taken off.[3]

Name changes and scheduling[edit]

The series went through several name changes: the original title, though never publicly affirmed, was Let's Rob Jeff Goldblum, later changed to Let's Rob Mick Jagger once Goldblum committed to the NBC drama Raines. ABC announced the series for its fall schedule as Let's Rob... in May, and the final name change to Knights of Prosperity was reported in July 2006.[4] During the TCA Tour, executive producer Rob Burnett indicated that the title might change again before the show debuts,[5] but the show debuted under the "Knights" name.

Originally scheduled to debut on October 17, 2006 at 9:00 p.m., it was pulled from the schedule on October 3 in favor of at least two additional 90-minute episodes of its intended lead-in, Dancing with the Stars. ABC later announced that the program would be shelved[6] and rescheduled for a January 2007 airdate due to the network now making another sitcom, Big Day, a priority for the Tuesday night schedule.[7] On November 9, 2006, ABC began running promos for the show in advance of its January airdate. On December 5, 2006, ABC announced that the program would premiere on January 3, 2007 at 9:00 p.m. Although the show was scheduled to air the following week at 9:00, a primetime address by the President of the United States caused the second episode of the show to air at 9:30 p.m. The show returned to its normal 9:00 time slot the following week. The show was rescheduled to 8:30 beginning on January 31, 2007, and remained there until it was pulled from the schedule on March 5. Before the upfronts, the network announced that it was considering a second season featuring Ray Romano.[8]

However, the show was ultimately canceled, and was briefly brought back in the summer to burn off the remaining episodes along with fellow low-rated newcomer The Nine. Both shows were pulled again on August 14 and on August 17, ABC put up the remaining episodes on its website.[9]

Marketing[edit]

On December 26, 2006, to generate buzz for the show, ABC distributed wallets bearing the monogram "KOP" in a number of markets. The wallets contained a receipt from "Enterprise Luxury Goods Ltd." for millions of dollars in purchases, a claim check for a platinum wristwatch, and an invitation to join a promotional group via text message.[10]

On December 31, 2006 during New Year's Eve in Time Square, ABC also distributed orange acrylic hats bearing a white embroidered "KOP".

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Episode # Title Air Date Rating Share 18-49 Viewers
1 Operation: Pilot January 3, 2007 TV-PG L 7 3.0 7.4 million
2 Operation: Seduce Simone January 10, 2007 TV-PG DL 5 2.0 5.2 million
3 Operation: Fighting Shape January 17, 2007 TV-14 4 1.5 4.1 million
4 Operation: Deliver the Case January 24, 2007 TV-PG DLV 4 1.4 3.8 million
5 Operation: Ralph January 31, 2007 TV-PG DLSV 5 1.9 5.1 million
6 Operation: Caught on Tape February 7, 2007 TV-PG S 5 2.1 5.6 million
7 Operation: Save Esperanza February 14, 2007 TV-14 DLV 5 2.1 5.3 million
8 Operation: Panic Room February 21, 2007 TV-14 DLV 4 1.6 4.1 million
9 Operation: Oswald Montecristo February 28, 2007 TV-14 DLV 4 1.7 4.2 million
10 Operation: Rent Money August 8, 2007 TV-PG 3 1.8 2.3 million
11 Operation: Steal the Safe August 8, 2007 TV-PG 3 1.5 2.1 million
12 Operation: Open the Safe August 22, 2007 TV-PG N/A N/A *
13 Operation: RomanoCorp August 23, 2007 TV-PG N/A N/A *

International distribution[edit]

Country TV Network(s) Series Premiere Weekly schedule (local time)
 Australia Seven Network August 2007 Originally aired weeknights at 3pm in August 2007.

The entire series is currently being repeated on Seven HD on Sunday nights at 9.25pm

 Croatia HRT 2008 Sundays at 9:00 PM
 France Canal+ July 2008 Mondays to Fridays at 6:20 PM
 Italy Rai Due 2008 Saturdays at 4:10 PM
 New Zealand TV2 February 2008 Wednesday at 10:20 PM
 Poland Comedy Central Fall 2007 Mondays at 8:00 PM
 Portugal RTP2 August 27, 2008 Monday to Friday at 8:45 PM
 Netherlands Comedy Central 2008 Mondays at 10:30 PM
 Romania AXN 2008 Monday-Friday at 17:00 AM
 India Star World 2008–2009 Wednesday at 15:00 PM

Seasonal ratings[edit]

Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of Knights of Prosperity on ABC:

Season Timeslot (EDT) Series Premiere Series Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Wednesday 9:00 P.M. (January 3–24, 2007)
Wednesday 8:30 P.M. (January 31 - February 28, 2007)
Wednesday 8:00 P.M. (August 8, 2007)
January 3, 2007 August 23, 2007 2006-2007 107 5.0 (#117)[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007 Cancelled Shows: ABC Cuts Some Beloved Series, TVSeriesFinale.com, May 15, 2007
  2. ^ Knights of Prosperity, The Nine: ABC Drops Them Once Again, TVSeriesFinale.com, August 13, 2007
  3. ^ http://www.tvseriesfinale.com/2007/08/knights_of_prosperity_the_nine_abc_releases_final.php Knights of Prosperity, The Nine: ABC Releases Final Episodes, TV Series Finale, August 17, 2007
  4. ^ Sullivan, Brian Ford. "ABC Adds 'Medical Mysteries,' 'Let's Rob' Becomes 'Knights'", FutonCritic.com, 4 July 2006
  5. ^ Ausiello, Michael. Ausiello Report "Press Tour Diary: ABC Day 2", 20 July 2006
  6. ^ Ryan, Joal. "Mick Jagger Heist on Hold", E! Online, 4 October 2006
  7. ^ "'Big Day' To Premiere Tuesday, November 28 On The ABC Television Network", FutonCritic.com, 5 October 2006
  8. ^ "Upfront Buzz: 'Underbelly' May Be Back; ABC also looking at reviving 'Knights'", Zap2It.com, May 11, 2007
  9. ^ Quick Exits for 'Knights,' 'Nine'; ABC pulls burnoffs after brief August runs, Zap2It.com, August 14, 2007
  10. ^ Johannes, Amy "ABC Drops Wallets, Cash for Knights.", Promomagazine.com, December 22, 2006
  11. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: 2006-07 primetime wrap". Hollywood Reporter. May 25, 2007. [dead link]

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