Good Morning, Miami

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Good Morning, Miami
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Original cast
Created by David Kohan
Max Mutchnick
Starring Mark Feuerstein
Suzanne Pleshette
Ashley Williams
Matt Letscher
Jere Burns
Constance Zimmer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40 (10 unaired)[1]
Production
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) KoMut Entertainment
Warner Bros. Television
Release
Original channel NBC
Picture format 1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Original release September 26, 2002 (2002-09-26) – December 18, 2003 (2003-12-18)

Good Morning, Miami is a sitcom which ran from 2002 to 2004 on NBC. Created by David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the show focused on the personal and professional life of Jake, the executive producer of the lowest-rated morning show in the country, based in Miami.

Though unsuccessful and unacclaimed, the show lasted in the coveted Thursday "Must See TV" lineup for an entire season. It was one of the first sitcoms to be broadcast by NBC in High Definition.[2]

After nine episodes were aired during the second season in the United States, the show was canceled and didn't get to finish airing the rest of the 18 episodes that were ordered for the season. However, all episodes of the second season were shown on TG4 in Ireland and Channel 4 in the UK.

The theme song, entitled "Once in a Lifetime", is played by John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls .

Synopsis[edit]

Wunderkind producer Jake Silver decides to accept the job helming the worst TV show in all of Miami when he first sets eyes on the show's beautiful, down-to-earth hairdresser, Dylan, who wows him after he comes to visit his fun, potty-mouthed Grandma, Claire, who presents a romantic challenge like nobody before. The carnival of clowns at the station includes pompous and insulting on-air host Gavin; Jake's wise-cracking assistant, Penny; and highly insecure station manager, Frank. After a while, Jake's ambition changed as he and Penny had a brief relationship.

Early in the first season, Gavin's morning co-host was Lucia, and Sister Brenda was the station's nun/weather-girl. Eventually Jake's grandma becomes the on-screen co-host. They were written out early in the series as the producers were still searching for the "center" of their program.

During the second season, Jake and Dylan began their relationship, almost even deciding on a relocation to New York together. Victoria Hill, a new station boss, took over the show to get higher ratings, and Gavin struggled to warm up to her. A new weather girl, Joni, was also introduced.

The series ended with Gavin and Penny deciding to start a relationship (as Penny is pregnant with his baby), Frank marrying Gavin's mother as a publicity stunt and Jake and Dylan considering to go their separate ways (Jake leaves the network and goes to produce at NBC in New York) and Dylan returns to her home state of Omaha, Nebraska.

In the second season, exterior footage of NBC affiliate WPTV's studio complex in West Palm Beach, Florida was used to portray the exteriors of the fictional Good Morning, Miami studios.

The sitcom was filmed at CBS Studio Center stage 16[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

In the original unaired test Pilot the part of Gavin was played by actor (Burke Moses).[4][5][6] The part of Penny was played by an uncredited actress and the character was completely different.

The show contained numerous references to Feuerstein's earlier work. In one scene, he scolds Gavin in front of the audience and Penny remarks, "That's one fired-up little yuppie!" (a reference to his role on the short-lived sitcom Fired Up); in a second, he drinks hard liquor and his voice gets hoarse (he did the same thing after eating food that was too spicy in Woman on Top). In another scene, he remarks that the highlights in his hair are natural (which he also did in What Women Want).

Episodes[edit]

Originally, the first batch of episodes were broadcast out of production order by NBC and they could not manage to program the inventory of episodes onto the schedule properly. First, completely discarding the episode titled, "It Didn't Happen One Night," then failing to run the Christmas themed episode until the second week of January, after first running another new episode during the first week of January.

Despite renewing the series, only half of the second season was ever broadcast in the United States by NBC, the entire series did make it to air on TG4 in Ireland several times in a daily morning time slot. Channel 4 UK also broadcast the entire series.

Season One[edit]

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Season One
01 01 "Pilot" September 26, 2002 (2002-09-26) 475189[7]
Jake comes to Miami, meets Dylan and the rest of the crew of Good Morning Miami, and nearly fires Gavin.
02 02 "Power Failure" October 3, 2002 (2002-10-03) 175551[8]
Jake sets out to change the show but his power to delegate is tested after Frank gets "a Lotto set" instead of "a lot of set" for the show.
03 05 "The Heart is a Lonely Apartment Hunter" October 24, 2002 (2002-10-24) 175552[9]
Jake is cramping Grandma Claire's style so she gives him until the end of the week to find his own apartment, Dylan offers her vacant apartment since she is moving in with Gavin but Jake is reluctant.
04 NA "It Didn't Happen One Night" NA 175553[10]
Dylan and the rest of Miami find out Gavin and Lucia slept together after Jake makes both hosts talk to a therapist live on the air about their mutual hostility. A hurricane hits Miami, Jake almost kisses Dylan while staying at her apartment, meanwhile Claire card sharks Penny.
Note: The production code and plot both confirm that this episode would follow the episode, "The Heart is a Lonely Apartment Hunter," since Jake has moved into Dylan's apartment after she moved in with Gavin.
05 04 "Swan Jake" October 17, 2002 (2002-10-17) 175554[11]
After getting stuck spending some time with Gavin, they both realize they have things in common, meanwhile the ladies engage in some "Girl Talk," but Frank misinterprets Penny's sarcasm.
06 06 "Kiss Of The Spiderman" October 31, 2002 (2002-10-31) 175555[12]
Dylan accidentally kisses Jake at a costume party after Jake and Gavin are both disguised as The Flash, Sister Brenda pranks Lucia, and Frank's gaydar is permanently down for maintenance.
Note: Halloween Themed Episode 1/2
07 03 "The Way to Dylan's Heart" October 10, 2002 (2002-10-10) 175556[13]
Dylan and Gavin go on a double date with Dylan's best friend Cindy (Andrea Savage) and Jake, while Frank, Penny and Lucia are asked to create a PSA for the deaf but accidentally sign the wrong message.
08 07 "Penny Wise, Jake Foolish" November 14, 2002 (2002-11-14) 175557[14]
On Jake's birthday tensions are high between Dylan and Penny, Sister Brenda and Frank attend their uncle Leon's funeral then fight over a pocket watch, meanwhile Lucia gets Gavin addicted to gum. Dylan picks up on something.
09 10 "High, My Name Is Jake" January 2, 2003 (2003-01-02) 175558[15]
Jake and Gavin are in a heated competition to see who's the bigger man, Jake even pretends to be an alcoholic just to out do Gavin. Frank is a regular at the ER and he is using Penny as his emergency contact.
10 08 "If It's Not One Thing, It's a Mother" December 5, 2002 (2002-12-05) 175559[16]
After meeting Gavin, Dylan's mom (Bess Armstrong) prefers Jake, and before leaving, Lucia convinces Frank to get his dignity back after he has an unfortunate incident with the copy machine.
11 09 "I'm With Stupid" December 12, 2002 (2002-12-12) 175560[17]
Jake offends Dylan after he says spirituality is for idiots, Gavin wants Claire to take over Lucia's job, Sister Brenda delivers her final report.
12 11 "Jake's Nuts Roasting on an Open Fire" January 9, 2003 (2003-01-09) 175561[18]
The crew exchange secret Santa gifts, Jake scrambles after his personalized inscription to Dylan ends up with Gavin, Frank acts like a little kid after helping with Claire's gift for Jake.
Note: Christmas Themed Episode broadcast in January
13 12 "Mee So Torny" January 16, 2003 (2003-01-16) 175562[19]
Gavin starts a rumor to keep Dylan and Jake apart, Claire figures out that Penny likes Jake, Frank is employee of the month so he needs a haircut, Jake kisses Penny just as Dylan finally has a realization.
14 13 "Take a Penny, Leave a Penny" January 23, 2003 (2003-01-23) 175563[20]
Jake and Penny try to hide their relationship, Claire is carrying on with her maintenance man Lenny (Tom Poston), Frank won't take no for an answer thanks to Dylan's advice. Gavin needs a friend.
15 14 "Mutt and Jake" February 27, 2003 (2003-02-27) 175564[21]
Dylan and Gavin can't agree on which dog to adopt that symbolizes their commitment, and Jake and Penny can't have a relationship at Dylan's apartment.
16 15 "The Big Leap" March 6, 2003 (2003-03-06) 175565[22]
Some of the crew go skydiving after Gavin accidentally eats Frank's special pear, Claire is using Dylan's picture for her online dating profile, Jake thinks he should probably be with Penny.
17 16 "Fear and Loathing in Miami" March 13, 2003 (2003-03-13) 175566[23]
Gavin loses his dignity on Fear Factor after he signs with a new talent agent Roberta (Fran Drescher), Frank reveals to Penny that he doesn't actually do anything at the station except look busy. Penny still has feelings for Jake, but denies being a relationship with him. But a conversation with Dylan changes everything.
18 17 "About a Ploy" March 20, 2003 (2003-03-20) 175568[24]
Penny and Claire have a fender bender then Frank takes the blame in front of the police officer (Nick Offerman), Gavin's contact is up and Jake sees it as the perfect opportunity to break up Gavin and Dylan.
19 18 "Three Weeks Notice" March 27, 2003 (2003-03-27) 175567[25]
Dylan and Gavin break up, Frank is having body image issues, Jake has to hold off before making a move when Dylan wants to move back into her apartment. Roberta (Fran Drescher) brings Gavin to an exclusive AA meeting to network with big time movers and shakers but he can't handle it. Jake has to save Gavin from himself.
20 19 "Someone to Watch Over Gavin" April 3, 2003 (2003-04-03) 175569[26]
Gavin can't snap out of it for the sake of the show, so Jake pays Penny to babysit Gavin while he goes out with Dylan. Claire's exploits end up in the tabloids thanks to Frank, Gavin ends up faking it.
21 20 "The Slow and the Furious" April 10, 2003 (2003-04-10) 175570[27]
Part 1/2 To get a date with Dylan, Jake first sets up a dating segment to get Gavin a date, but Gavin proposes to Dylan instead during the show. Frank encourages Claire to see her old friend in the hospital.
22 21 "One Flu Over the Cuckold's Nest" April 17, 2003 (2003-04-17) 175571[28]
Part 2/2 Dylan needs time to think over Gavin's proposal, Claire and Frank can't keep it together during their appearance on a PSA for the influenza shot. Penny tells Jake, "I love you," and then quits. Jake tells Dylan, "I'm in love with You," but things go awry there. Penny and Gavin have dinner together and end up consoling each other. Gavin and Penny kiss. Jake runs after Penny and Dylan runs after Jake. To Be Continued...

Season Two[edit]

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23 01 "The New Good Morning, Miami" September 30, 2003 (2003-09-30) 177301[29]
Part 1/2 The new couples Jake and Dylan, and Gavin and Penny, consummate their new relationships which leaves Frank feeling left out. The show gets a new revolving set and logo after a corporate conglomerate, Sunbright Media, buys the station and sends a new boss, Victoria, to Miami to improve the ratings of the show.
24 02 "Good Morning, Manhattan" October 7, 2003 (2003-10-07) 177302[30]
Part 2/2 Jake and Dylan move to NY after Jake quits his job, Victoria takes over as Executive Producer with disastrous results, Jake see the results and develops a guilty conscience about his move and then decides to return to Miami. The team strikes to get Jake back as Executive Producer, A new weather girl Joni joins the crew.
25 04 "With Friends Like These, Who Needs Emmys?" October 21, 2003 (2003-10-21) 177303[31]
Gavin receives recognition as the most improved on air personality then runs into Victoria at an AA meeting, later Gavin becomes an investigative reporter. Dylan discovers Penny's past.
26 03 "I Second That Promotion" October 14, 2003 (2003-10-14) 177304[32]
Jake promotes Dylan to producer then micro-manages her. Gavin makes a fool out of himself when he doesn't know how to pronounce Beyoncé. Frank tries to impress a caterer named Hollis (Mary Lynn Rajskub).
27 05 "The Ex Games" October 28, 2003 (2003-10-28) 177305[33]
Dylan reveals she has an ex-husband to Jake meanwhile Frank and Penny go to a holiday costume party.
Note: Halloween Themed Episode 2/2
28 06 "Will You Still Leave Me Tomorrow?" November 11, 2003 (2003-11-11) 177306[34]
Victoria helps Dylan negotiate the best deal at a car dealer. Gavin is unsure about his relationship with Penny.
29 08 "Her Place or Mine?" December 11, 2003 (2003-12-11) 177307[35]
Victoria fights with Jake over a place on a corporate retreat trip, a parking spot, and an apartment that Dylan saw first, Gavin's investments dry up and he gets a job doing a cartoon voice.
30 NA "Subterranean Workplace Blues" NA 177308[36]
The station cuts corners to get new computers and Victoria banishes the staff to the basement after Jake goes over her head to get them and tells the Sunbright Ceo Jim Templeton (Hal Holbrook).
31 07 "A Kiss Before Lying" November 18, 2003 (2003-11-18) 177309[37]
An old family friend Mr Fowler (John Aylward) kisses Dylan and creeps out Jake. Jake is caught in a lie when his mother Judy (Carrie Fisher) visits and Frank is asked to fill in during the holiday.
Note: Thanksgiving Themed Episode
32 09 "Looking For Love in All the Wrong Cages" December 18, 2003 (2003-12-18) 177310[38]
Frank can't take a hint when he falls for a Zookeeper, meanwhile Gavin uses a stolen hole punch to get free coffee at Star Beans.
33 NA "You Bet Your Relationship" NA 177311[39]
Everyone in the station has a pool on whether or not Jake and Dylan will last, and everyone loses. Gavin and Penny bring separate dates to a dinner party held by Jake and Dylan. Gavin's date happens to be born to be a news anchor and Penny's is a total flake. Meanwhile, Frank babysits his Nephew at the party, but it is actually Frank who needs the babysitter since he is acting like a baby when he needs a spoon for his ice cream during a fight between Dylan and Jake.
34 NA "Nightmare at 2000 Feet" NA 177312[40]
The station's helicopter crashes in the Everglades during a storm and they are forced to communicate their location to Frank live on the air since he accidentally trapped Jake and Penny inside a magic box.
35 NA "Victoria's Secret" NA 177313[41]
Victoria is fired but keeps coming to work anyway, Gavin does the sports segment, Penny trains Frank in self defense after he was mugged.
36 NA "A Sample Plan" NA 177314[42]
Frank gets caught in a scam by an old women that Penny warns him about. The station employees are drug tested, Dylan is mistakenly told she is pregnant but it's actually Frank who has high estrogen levels, meanwhile Jake spars with a jeweler played by (Curtis Armstrong) while trying to buy an engagement ring for Dylan.
37 NA "Gays and Confused" NA 177315[43]
Gavin is feeling sorry for himself and everything he says seems like he is coming out of the closet. While Frank's ex-wife Sara (Valerie Mahaffey) is back and everyone is confused by the injures Frank sustains from magic tricks gone awry.
38 NA "The Return of the Ring" NA 177316[44]
Part 1/3 Gavin hosts a show about teenagers and sex. A video tape labeled X-Files turns out to be a sex tape. Dylan expects Jake to propose but he has given up.
39 NA "The Wait Problem" NA 177317[45]
Part 2/3 Jake and Dylan wonder if they should wait to get married. Gavin's mom Catherine (Joanna Cassidy) visits town. Dylan accidentally advises Jake's Ex Cheryl (Jolie Jenkins) to profess her love for him. Jake finally proposes to Dylan. Frank starts dating Gavin's Mom.
40 NA "Three Ring Circus" NA 177318[46]

Part 3/3 The show is being cancelled and as a final rating stunt Jake's network boss Larry (George Wyner) comes to town and turns Jake and Dylan's wedding into a circus, so they both run out on the wedding. Gavin and Penny tell each other, "I love you." Penny finds out whether or not she is pregnant. Frank becomes Gavin's father at an on air wedding ceremony officiated by reverend Earl (Shashawnee Hall).

Note: This episode contains a parting shot at NBC, In his office Jake tells his network boss Larry, "you've never given us a fair shake, you've moved us around the schedule, you've taken us off for months at a time, you barely promoted us." And his network boss responds he is going to remake the show into a game show called, "Something Factor," referring to the show Fear Factor on NBC which was running instead of Good Morning, Miami.

References[edit]

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  34. ^ "Good Morning, Miami Episode 27 Official NBC.com website (archived)". 
  35. ^ "Good Morning, Miami Episode 29 Official NBC.com website (archived)". 
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  37. ^ "Good Morning, Miami Episode 28 Official NBC.com website (archived)". 
  38. ^ "Good Morning, Miami Episode 30 Official NBC.com website (archived)". 
  39. ^ "Good Morning, Miami - You Bet Your Relationship - Description at TV.com". 
  40. ^ "Good Morning, Miami - Nightmare at 2000 Feet - Description at TV.com". 
  41. ^ "Good Morning, Miami - Victoria's Secret - Description at TV.com". 
  42. ^ "Good Morning, Miami - A Sample Plan - Description at TV.com". 
  43. ^ "Good Morning, Miami - Gays and Confused - Description at TV.com". 
  44. ^ "Good Morning, Miami - The Return of the Ring - Description at TV.com". 
  45. ^ "Good Morning, Miami - The Wait Problem - Description at TV.com". 
  46. ^ "Good Morning, Miami - Three Ring Circus - Description at TV.com". 

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