Fired Up (TV series)
|Created by||Arleen Sorkin|
Francesca P. Roberts
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||28 (5 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||Kelsey Grammer|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Grammnet Productions|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||April 10, 1997– February 9, 1998|
Fired Up is an American sitcom that aired on NBC for two seasons and 28 episodes. The series, the first from Grammnet Productions, starred Sharon Lawrence as a self-centered promotions executive and Leah Remini as her mouthy assistant. When the pair got fired from their jobs, they teamed up to create a business as equal partners. The tagline of the series was "First she got fired, then she got fired up."
Gwendolyn Leonard epitomized the term "self-involved." After being fired from her corporate job, she was reduced to moving in with her former assistant, spunky Terry Reynolds, and starting up a new promotions business as her partner. Terry and her brother Danny shared a loft apartment atop a clock tower in New York City, and Danny worked as bartender at Clockworks, the restaurant below, while he pursued his dream of becoming a writer. Clockworks was owned by Guy Mann, an average Joe who adamantly pursued Gwen, though she kept him at arm's length (his response to each of her blow-offs was "Oh, yeah!").
Also regularly seen was Mrs. Francis, a crotchety unemployment agent whom Gwen ultimately inspired to quit her job and open an eggroll shop; Ashley Mann, Guy's son who worked as a female impersonator; Scott Bickley, Danny's lecherous agent who moonlighted as a suit salesman; and Steve Summer, a former classmate of Gwen's who'd carried a torch for her for decades. Infrequently seen were Gwen's snobbish mother Rita (Dixie Carter) and Terry and Danny's loud-mouthed mother Tina (Randee Heller).
- Sharon Lawrence as Gwen Leonard
- Leah Remini as Terry Reynolds
- Mark Feuerstein as Danny Reynolds
- Jonathan Banks as Guy Mann
- Francesca P. Roberts as Mrs. Francis
- Mark Davis as Ashley Mann
- Thomas F. Wilson as Steve Summer
- Timothy Omundson as Scott Bickley
Season 1 (1997)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"Pilot"||James Burrows||Arleen Sorkin & Paul Slansky||April 10, 1997|
|2||2||"The Next Day"||James Burrows||Victor Fresco||April 17, 1997|
|3||3||"Who's the Boss"||Max Tash||Arleen Sorkin & Paul Slansky||April 24, 1997|
|4||4||"They Sell Horses, Don't They?"||Rod Daniel||Kit Boss||May 1, 1997|
|5||5||"A Concurrent Affair"||TBA||TBA||May 8, 1997|
|6||6||"The Rules"||TBA||TBA||May 15, 1997|
|7||7||"Are We Not Friends?"||TBA||TBA||May 15, 1997|
|8||8||"Under Pressure"||TBA||TBA||June 23, 1997|
Season 2 (1997–98)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|9||1||"The Mother of All Gwens"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Victor Fresco||September 22, 1997|
|10||2||"Truth and Consequences"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Arleen Sorkin & Paul Slansky||September 29, 1997|
|11||3||"You Don't Know Jack"||Jeff Melman||Kit Boss||October 6, 1997|
|12||4||"Swallow Your Bliss"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Gregory Thompson & Aron Abrams||October 13, 1997|
|13||5||"Total Recall"||Gordon Hunt||Linda Teverbaugh & Mike Teverbaugh||October 20, 1997|
|14||6||"Beat the Clock"||Pamela Fryman||Gregory Thompson & Aron Abrams||October 27, 1997|
|15||7||"The Baby-Sitter's Club"||Pamela Fryman||Bill Barol||November 10, 1997|
|16||8||"In Your Dreams"||Will Mackenzie||Don Rhymer||November 17, 1997|
|17||9||"Honey, I Shrunk the Turkey"||Ken Levine||Kit Boss||November 24, 1997|
|18||10||"Ten Grand a Dance"||Will Mackenzie||Gregory Thompson & Aron Abrams||December 1, 1997|
|19||11||"Where There's Smoke"||Will Mackenzie||Michael A. Ross & Thom Bray||December 22, 1997|
|20||12||"You Go, Boss!"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Kit Boss||January 12, 1998|
|21||13||"Beauty and the Priests"||Leonard R. Garner Jr.||Bill Barol||January 19, 1998|
|22||14||"Mission: and A-Hopin'"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Linda Teverbaugh & Mike Teverbaugh||January 26, 1998|
|23||15||"Fire and Nice"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Dwight D. Smith||February 9, 1998|
|24||16||"The Pajama Game"||Lee Shallat-Chemel||Lu Abbott Stacey & Berman Woodward||Unaired|
|25||17||"What I Really Want to Do Is Direct"||TBA||TBA||Unaired|
|28||20||"With Sex, You Get Eggroll"||TBA||TBA||Unaired|
Fired Up was a mid-season replacement on NBC. It premiered on April 10, 1997, and ended the first season on June 23 after 8 episodes. The second season premiered on September 22, 1997, and the last episode aired on February 9, 1998. It was a contemporary of shows like Caroline in the City and Suddenly Susan, and at one point, all three shows were part of a Monday-night promotion: "The Ladies of Monday Night."
Caryn James of The New York Times said the series had a "topical premise and an edgy lead character, just what most sitcoms lack" but that after a promising start, its first season episodes lost the "sharp writing this series needs."
Fired Up premiered in the "cushy Thursday night slot after Seinfeld" through May 15, 1997, on a night that NBC promoted as Must See TV. It started out strong in the ratings; the premiere garnered an 18.8 rating and 29 share, but after NBC changed its timeslot, the show lost its audience and NBC canceled it.
Fired Up had a brief syndication run on the USA Network.