Veronica's Closet

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Veronica’s Closet
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Inter-title
Created by David Crane
Marta Kauffman
Starring Kirstie Alley
Dan Cortese
Daryl Mitchell
Wallace Langham
Kathy Najimy
Ron Silver
Lorri Bagley
Robert Prosky
Opening theme "Bodyrock" by Moby
(season 3)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 66
Production
Executive producer(s) Kevin S. Bright
Marta Kauffman
David Crane
Running time 20–25 min.
Production company(s) Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 25, 1997 – June 27, 2000

Veronica’s Closet is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from September 25, 1997, to June 27, 2000.

The show stars Kirstie Alley as Veronica “Ronnie” Chase, the head of her own lingerie company in New York City.

Plot[edit]

Season one[edit]

As the country’s leading romance expert and owner of Veronica’s Closet, purveyor of lingerie and books designed to keep romance alive, Veronica Chase seems to have it all. Her only problem has been a rocky marriage to a womanizing husband, Bryce, (Christopher McDonald) whom she finally gathered the strength to leave. Having written The Guide to a Fairy Tale Marriage and built an empire as the foremost authority on relationships, Ronnie must now confront the charade she’s been living in the public eye as the perfect wife and career woman. Helping Ronnie run the company and her personal life is her top executive, Olive, who is always ready with solid business advice or a shoulder to cry on.

Season two[edit]

In the second season, Ron Silver joins the cast as Alec, Ronnie’s new business partner and nemesis who buys controlling interest of the company she built. Robert Prosky, who played Ronnie’s father in Season One, was written out of the show (no explanation is ever given).

Season three[edit]

In the third and final season, Alec was killed off the show as it was shown that audiences did not like Ron Silver’s character. His widow, June, took over his role in the company and later admitted to pushing Alec into a volcano. Although the final few episodes of Veronica’s Closet did not air in the U.S. on NBC, they were later aired on the USA Cable Network during its syndicated run. In the final episodes, Veronica ends up dating Perry, Olive sells her Internet company and buys June’s half of Veronica’s Closet, making her a co-owner with Veronica, and Josh finally accepts the fact that he is gay and starts dating his neighbor and friend, Bree.

History[edit]

The series premiered on Sept 25, 1997, after Seinfeld to 35 million viewers. Its title was derived from the “real life” lingerie company, Victoria’s Secret. The show was a top 10 hit, although the initial ratings died down later in the first season. The sitcom spent the first two seasons on Thursdays at 9:30 (after Seinfeld in season 1 and after Frasier in season 2). NBC moved the show to Mondays after Suddenly Susan for the 1999–2000 season. Ratings fell more than 50 percent, and NBC put it on hiatus with Suddenly Susan. The show returned on Tuesdays at 9:30 (after Will & Grace) with only a slight boost in ratings. NBC canceled the series in 2000, along with Suddenly Susan due to low ratings. Reruns were shown on USA Network for a short time in 2000–2001 and on TV Guide Network from 2011–2012.

The show was taped Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California, on soundstage 25.

Broadcast history[edit]

  • September 25 1997 - May 6 1999 NBC Thursdays @ 9:30/8:30 central (NBC's Must See TV Thursdays)
  • September 20 1999 - June 27 2000 NBC Mondays @ 8:30/7:30 central

Ratings history[edit]

Season Network Season premiere Season finale Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 NBC September 25, 1997 May 9, 1998 #3[1] 24.4[1]
2 September 24, 1998 May 6, 1999 #5[2] 19.3[2]
3 September 20, 1999 June 27, 2000[a] #86[3] 7.97[3]

^[a] End of the series' original broadcast run. Last four episodes were aired on the USA Network five months later.[4]

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Season one[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 22 September 25, 1997 (1997-09-25) May 9, 1998 (1998-05-09)
# Total Title Director Writer Original airdate
1 1 "Pilot" Bob Berlinger Rob Ulin & Sarah Dunn September 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)
2 2 "Veronica's Woman Friend" James Burrows David Crane & Marta Kauffman October 2, 1997 (1997-10-02)
3 3 "Veronica's Husband Won't Leave" Bob Berlinger David Crane & Marta Kauffman October 9, 1997 (1997-10-09)
4 4 "Veronica's Not Happy About the Book" Alan Rafkin Sarah Dunn October 21, 1997 (1997-10-21)
5 5 "Veronica's First Date" Robert Berlinger Eric Weinberg October 30, 1997 (1997-10-30)
6 6 "Veronica's Best Buddy" Alan Rafkin Alexa Junge November 5, 1997 (1997-11-05)
7 7 "Veronica's a Doll" Alan Rafkin John Frink & Don Layne November 13, 1997 (1997-11-13)
8 8 "Veronica's First Thanksgiving" Lee Shallat Chemel Doty Abrams November 20, 1997 (1997-11-20)
9 9 "Veronica's Brotherly Love" Robert Berlinger John Frink & Don Layne December 11, 1997 (1997-12-11)
Guest starring Eric McCormack
10 10 "Veronica's Christmas Song" Lee Shallat Chemel Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer December 18, 1997 (1997-12-18)
11 11 "Veronica's Got a Secret" Robert Berlinger Eric Weinberg January 8, 1998 (1998-01-08)
12 12 "Veronica's Fun and Pirates Are Crazy" Lee Shallat Chemel Steve Joe & Greg Schaffer January 15, 1998 (1998-01-15)
Guest starring Zooey Deschanel
13 13 "Veronica's Night Alone" Kevin S. Bright Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer January 29, 1998 (1998-01-29)
14 14 "Veronica's $600,000 Pop" Robert Berlinger Sarah Dunn February 5, 1998 (1998-02-05)
Guest starring Ted Danson
15 15 "Veronica's a Drag" Robert Berlinger Teleplay by: Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer
Story by: Eric Weinberg
February 26, 1998 (1998-02-26)
16 16 "Veronica's Divorce Papers" Robert Berlinger Charlotte Brown March 5, 1998 (1998-03-05)
17 17 "Veronica's Blackout" Robert Berlinger John Frink & Don Layne March 12, 1998 (1998-03-12)
18 18 "Veronica's Bridal Shower" Robert Berlinger Teleplay by: Sarah Dunn
Story by: Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer
April 2, 1998 (1998-04-02)
19 19 "Veronica's Man in a Suitcase" Robert Berlinger Teleplay by: Brian Boyle & Rich Fox
Story by: Steve Joe & Greg Schaffer
April 9, 1998 (1998-04-09)
20 20 "Veronica's All Nighter" Robert Berlinger Teleplay by: Brian Boyle & Rich Fox
Story by: Lang-Ni Landrum
April 16, 1998 (1998-04-16)
21 21 "Veronica's Mole" Robert Berlinger Teleplay by: Steve Joe & Greg Schaffer
Story by: Sarah Dunn
April 30, 1998 (1998-04-30)
22 22 "Veronica's Silent Partner" Robert Berlinger Teleplay by: John Frink & Don Layne
Story by: Steve Joe & Greg Schaffer
May 9, 1998 (1998-05-09)
Robert Prosky's final episode

Season two[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
2 22 September 24, 1998 (1998-09-24) May 6, 1999 (1999-05-06)
# Total Title Director Writer Original airdate
1 23 "Veronica Gets Her Closet Back" Kevin S. Bright Amy Sherman-Palladino September 24, 1998 (1998-09-24)
Ron Silver joins the regular cast
2 24 "Veronica's a Partner Now" Robert Berlinger Eric Weinberg October 1, 1998 (1998-10-01)
3 25 "Veronica's Great Model Search" Robert Berlinger Josh Bycel & Jon Fener October 8, 1998 (1998-10-08)
4 26 "Veronica's Dog Day Afternoon" Robert Berlinger Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer October 15, 1998 (1998-10-15)
5 27 "Veronica's Crushed" Michael Lembeck Tom Spezialy & Alan Cross October 29, 1998 (1998-10-29)
6 28 "Veronica's on the Herb" Shelley Jensen Richard Goodman November 5, 1998 (1998-11-05)
7 29 "Veronica's Breast Efforts" Amanda Bearse Michael Poryes November 12, 1998 (1998-11-12)
8 30 "Veronica's Thanksgiving That Keeps on Giving" Jeff Melman Mark J. Kunerth November 19, 1998 (1998-11-19)
9 31 "Veronica's Cheating Partners" Alan Rafkin Teleplay by: Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer
Story by: Mike Gandolfi
December 10, 1998 (1998-12-10)
10 32 "Veronica's Secret Santa" Shelley Jensen Eric Weinberg December 17, 1998 (1998-12-17)
11 33 "Veronica's from Venus/Josh's Parents Are from Mars" Alan Rafkin Barry Vigon & Tom Walla January 7, 1999 (1999-01-07)
12 34 "Veronica's Desk Job" Shelley Jensen Alan Cross & Tom Spezialy January 21, 1998 (1998-01-21)
13 35 "Veronica's Wedding Bell Blues" Alan Rafkin Michael Poryes February 4, 1999 (1999-02-04)
Guest starring Anna Nicole Smith
14 36 "Veronica Plays House" Joe Regalbuto Josh Bycel & Jon Fener February 11, 1999 (1999-02-11)
15 37 "Veronica's Favorite Year" Shelley Jensen Amy Sherman-Palladino & Mike Gandolfi February 18, 1999 (1999-02-18)
16 38 "Veronica's Little Tribute" Dana de Vally Piazza Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer February 25, 1999 (1999-02-25)
17 39 "Veronica Falls Hard" Shelley Jensen Seth Friedman March 11, 1999 (1999-03-11)
18 40 "Veronica's Big Date" Michael Lembeck Teleplay by: Alan Dybner & Helen Pai
Story by: Jason Firestein
March 25, 1999 (1999-03-25)
19 41 "Veronica's Big Homecoming" Michael Lembeck Eric Weinberg April 1, 1999 (1999-04-01)
20 42 "Veronica's Little Ruse" Joe Regalbuto Barry Vigon & Tom Walla April 22, 1999 (1999-04-22)
21 43 "Veronica's Night at the Theater" Joe Regalbuto Amy Sherman-Palladino April 29, 1999 (1999-04-29)
22 44 "Veronica Says Goodbye" Shelley Jensen Mike Gandolfi May 6, 1999 (1999-05-06)
Ron Silver's Final Episode

Season three[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
3 22 September 20, 1999 (1999-09-20) December 7, 2000 (2000-12-07)
# Total Title Director Writer Original airdate
1 45 "Veronica's New Boss" Alan Rafkin Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz September 20, 1999 (1999-09-20)
Lorri Bagley replaces Ron Silver in the regular cast
2 46 "Veronica's June Swoon" Shelley Jensen Christopher Vane September 27, 1999 (1999-09-27)
3 47 "Veronica's Construction Worker" Paul Miller Eric Weinberg October 4, 1999 (1999-10-04)
4 48 "Veronica's Office – Bigger, Longer and Cuter" Shelley Jensen Alison Adler October 11, 1999 (1999-10-11)
5 49 "Veronica's New Cat" Shelley Jensen Teleplay by: Eric Weinberg
Story by: Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz
October 18, 1999 (1999-10-18)
6 50 "Veronica's Long Walk Home" Alan Rafkin Monica Piper October 25, 1999 (1999-10-25)
7 51 "Veronica's Got All the Right Stuffing" J.D. Lobue Richard Goodman November 22, 1999 (1999-11-22)
8 52 "Veronica's Sliding Doors" Shelley Jensen Johs Bycel & Jonathan Fener November 29, 1999 (1999-11-29)
9 53 "Veronica's New Year" Shelley Jensen Teleplay by: Jason Firestein
Story by: Monica Piper
December 13, 1999 (1999-12-13)
10 54 "Veronica's Perfect Man" Shelley Jensen Mark J. Kunerth January 4, 2000 (2000-01-04)
11 55 "Veronica's Record" Paul Miller Teleplay by: Alan Dybner
Story by: Mark J. Kunerth
January 11, 2000 (2000-01-11)
12 56 "Veronica's Tattooed Man" Alan Rafkin Tiffany Zehnal January 18, 2000 (2000-01-18)
13 57 "Veronica's Candy Panties" Dana de Vally Piazza Eric Weinberg January 25, 2000 (2000-01-25)
14 58 "Veronica's New Bookshelves" Shelley Jensen Mark J. Kunerth February 1, 2000 (2000-02-01)
Guest starring Scott Baio
15 59 "Veronica's Sleepover" Shelley Jensen Richard Goodman June 6, 2000 (2000-06-06)
Guest starring Scott Baio
16 60 "Veronica's Girls' Night Out" Joe Regalbuto Josh Bycel & Jonathan Fener June 13, 2000 (2000-06-13)
17 61 "Veronica Helps Josh Out" Stuart Ross Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz June 20, 2000 (2000-06-20)
18 62 "Veronica Sets Josh Up" Joe Regalbuto Alan Dybner & Jason Firestein June 27, 2000 (2000-06-27)
19 63 "Veronica's Clips" Wallace Langham Tiffany Zehnal December 4, 2000 (2000-12-04)
20 64 "Veronica Loses Her Olive Again" Joe Regalbuto Christopher Vane December 5, 2000 (2000-12-05)
21 65 "Veronica's Doing the Nasty With Perry" Sheldon Epps Allison Adler December 6, 2000 (2000-12-06)
22 66 "Veronica Checks Out" Dana de Vally Piazza Eric Weinberg December 7, 2000 (2000-12-07)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Final Countdown". Entertainment Weekly Published in issue #434 May 29, 1998. May 29, 1998. Retrieved 02-12-2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ a b "TV Winners & Losers: Numbers Racket A Final Tally Of The Season's Show (from Nielsen Media Research)". GeoCities. June 4, 1999. Archived from the original on 2009-10-29. Retrieved 02-12-2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Top TV Shows For 1999-2000 Season". Variety. August 6, 2000. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Veronica's Closet (an Episode Guide)". May 15, 2005. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 

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