Union Square (TV series)
|Created by||Fred Barron|
|Written by||Fred Barron
|Directed by||James Burrows
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||Fred Barron
Michael B. Kaplan
|Running time||30 mins|
|Production company(s)||Barron/Pennette Productions
Three Sisters Entertainment
|Distributor||National Broadcasting Company|
|Original run||September 25, 1997 – January 22, 1998|
Union Square is a 1997 television sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for one season. It follows the story of a lawyer-turned-playwright in New York City, who attempts to gain inspiration from a host of characters populating the fictitious Union Square cafe in Manhattan, obviously inspired by the New York area of the same name.
The show was originally supposed to be a vehicle for Cuban-American actress Mel Gorham. But after poor test screenings for the pilot, the producers decided to retool the show and replace Gorham with Constance Marie.
The program replaced Fired Up (which was halfway through the 1997-1998 season) on NBC's "Must See TV" night of programming; it was given an 8:30pm timeslot on Thursday evenings, a highly coveted spot due to its location between popular sitcoms Friends (which aired at 8:00pm) and Seinfeld (which aired at 9:00pm). Like The Single Guy, Union Square attempted to capitalize on attractive singles in their 20s and 30s enjoying New York City life, which both Seinfeld and Friends (as well as other NBC programs) had turned into successes. The show also featured guest appearances from actor David Krumholtz, who appeared on two episodes, as did actress Rhea Perlman.
Despite these advantages and the fact that it had the #8 spot in the ratings for the 1997-98 season with 13.3 million households, it bled away a large portion of its lead-in audience from the blockbuster 8PM Thursday night lead-off of Friends. Just Shoot Me replaced its timeslot a week after its last episode which aired on January 22, 1998. "Union Square" was often cited by critics and fans as an example of how NBC failed to find decent shows to put into the 8:30 and 9:30PM spots on their legendary Thursday-night Must See TV lineups.
- Gabriella Diaz (Constance Marie)
- Michael (Michael Landes)
- Suzanne Barkley (Harriet Sansom Harris)
- Jack Papas (Jim Pirri)
- Albie (Jonathan Slavin)
- Carrie (Christine Burke)
- Vince (Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter)
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