American Dreamer (TV series)
|Created by||Susan Seeger|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||17|
|Executive producer(s)||Gary David Goldberg|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Ubu Productions
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 20, 1990 – June 22, 1991|
American Dreamer stars Robert Urich as fictional character Tom Nash, formerly a high-powered network correspondent who was forced to reassess his priorities following the death of his wife. He decided to give up his career in order to spend more time with his children. To do this, he moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he supported his family by contributing a column about "real people" to a Chicago newspaper. His editor, Joe Baines (Jeffrey Tambor), felt Tom was completely wasting his talents and drove out from Chicago weekly (a huge sacrifice, from his viewpoint) to attempt to convince Tom to return the world of "hard news". Other characters included Tom's zany secretary, Lillian Abernathy (Carol Kane), and a friendly waitress at Tom's favorite local diner, Holly Baker (Margaret Welsh).
This program was considered low-key. Tom sometimes "broke the fourth wall" to address the viewers directly about his thoughts regarding the situations he encountered. This philosophizing gained only a small audience and the program was cancelled at midseason, although selected episodes were rerun the following summer.
It is not related to the film of the same name.
- Robert Urich as Tom Nash
- Margaret Welsh as Holly Baker
- Jeffrey Tambor as Joe Baines
- Carol Kane as Lillian Abernathy
- Chay Lentin as Rachel Nash
- Johnny Galecki as Danny Nash
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