Fired Up (TV series)

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Fired Up
Created byArleen Sorkin
Paul Slansky[1]
StarringSharon Lawrence
Leah Remini
Mark Feuerstein
Jonathan Banks
Francesca P. Roberts
Composer(s)Mark Mothersbaugh[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes28 (5 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s)Kelsey Grammer
Rudy Hornish[1]
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Grammnet Productions
Paramount Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseApril 10, 1997 (1997-04-10) – February 9, 1998 (1998-02-09)

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."

Plot[edit]

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).

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1997)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot"James BurrowsArleen Sorkin & Paul SlanskyApril 10, 1997 (1997-04-10)
22"The Next Day"James BurrowsVictor FrescoApril 17, 1997 (1997-04-17)
33"Who's the Boss"Max TashArleen Sorkin & Paul SlanskyApril 24, 1997 (1997-04-24)
44"They Sell Horses, Don't They?"Rod DanielKit BossMay 1, 1997 (1997-05-01)
55"A Concurrent Affair"TBATBAMay 8, 1997 (1997-05-08)
66"The Rules"TBATBAMay 15, 1997 (1997-05-15)
77"Are We Not Friends?"TBATBAMay 15, 1997 (1997-05-15)
88"Under Pressure"TBATBAJune 23, 1997 (1997-06-23)

Season 2 (1997–98)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
91"The Mother of All Gwens"Lee Shallat-ChemelVictor FrescoSeptember 22, 1997 (1997-09-22)
102"Truth and Consequences"Lee Shallat-ChemelArleen Sorkin & Paul SlanskySeptember 29, 1997 (1997-09-29)
113"You Don't Know Jack"Jeff MelmanKit BossOctober 6, 1997 (1997-10-06)
124"Swallow Your Bliss"Lee Shallat-ChemelGregory Thompson & Aron AbramsOctober 13, 1997 (1997-10-13)
135"Total Recall"Gordon HuntLinda Teverbaugh & Mike TeverbaughOctober 20, 1997 (1997-10-20)
146"Beat the Clock"Pamela FrymanGregory Thompson & Aron AbramsOctober 27, 1997 (1997-10-27)
157"The Baby-Sitter's Club"Pamela FrymanBill BarolNovember 10, 1997 (1997-11-10)
168"In Your Dreams"Will MackenzieDon RhymerNovember 17, 1997 (1997-11-17)
179"Honey, I Shrunk the Turkey"Ken LevineKit BossNovember 24, 1997 (1997-11-24)
1810"Ten Grand a Dance"Will MackenzieGregory Thompson & Aron AbramsDecember 1, 1997 (1997-12-01)
1911"Where There's Smoke"Will MackenzieMichael A. Ross & Thom BrayDecember 22, 1997 (1997-12-22)
2012"You Go, Boss!"Lee Shallat-ChemelKit BossJanuary 12, 1998 (1998-01-12)
2113"Beauty and the Priests"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Bill BarolJanuary 19, 1998 (1998-01-19)
2214"Mission: and A-Hopin'"Lee Shallat-ChemelLinda Teverbaugh & Mike TeverbaughJanuary 26, 1998 (1998-01-26)
2315"Fire and Nice"Lee Shallat-ChemelDwight D. SmithFebruary 9, 1998 (1998-02-09)
2416"The Pajama Game"Lee Shallat-ChemelLu Abbott Stacey & Berman WoodwardUnaired
2517"What I Really Want to Do Is Direct"TBATBAUnaired
2618"Lustline"TBATBAUnaired
2719"Domestic Bliss"TBATBAUnaired
2820"With Sex, You Get Eggroll"TBATBAUnaired

History[edit]

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."[2]

Reception[edit]

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."[1]

Fired Up premiered in the "cushy Thursday night slot after Seinfeld"[1] 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,[3] but after NBC changed its timeslot, the show lost its audience and NBC canceled it.

Syndication[edit]

Fired Up had a brief syndication run on the USA Network.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Review of Fired Up from an April 10, 1997 article in The New York Times
  2. ^ Tucker, Ken (1997-10-19). "Women's Glib". ew.com. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  3. ^ Fired tops last of the crop from Variety

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