Listen Up! (TV series)

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Listen Up
GenreSitcom
Created byJeff Martin
StarringJason Alexander
Wendy Makkena
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Will Rothhaar
Daniella Monet
Composer(s)Brian Kirk
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Production
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Regency Television
CBS Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 20, 2004 (2004-09-20) – April 25, 2005 (2005-04-25)
External links
Production website

Listen Up is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 20, 2004 until April 25, 2005. The sitcom was based loosely on the life and exploits of the popular sportswriter and sports-media personality Tony Kornheiser. Its principal executive producer was Jason Alexander, who was also the lead actor. Despite decent-to-good ratings, the show was canceled by CBS on May 18, 2005; "rising production costs" was the major reason officially given for the cancellation.

Premise[edit]

Tony Kleinman is a sports show host whose sidekick is Bernie Widmer, a former NFL player; together they host the TV show Listen Up While Tony does talk about sports on the show and in his newspaper column, he strays away occasionally to talk about the daily exploits of his family: his wife, Dana, a fund-raiser coordinator; his son, Mickey, a 15-year-old golf prodigy, and Megan, his 14-year-old, know-it-all, smart-mouthed, soccer-playing daughter.

Cast members[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Actor Role
Jason Alexander Tony Kleinman
Wendy Makkena Dana Kleinman
Malcolm-Jamal Warner Bernie Widmer
Will Rothhaar Mickey Kleinman
Daniella Monet Megan Kleinman

Response[edit]

Critical reaction was largely negative. USA Today's Robert Bianco wrote that the show makes the "mistake of trying to build a star vehicle around a second banana." [1] A New York Times review called it "a rickety vehicle for Jason Alexander." [2]

Critics disagreed on the supporting cast. USA Today: "When 'Listen Up' focuses on its supporting cast, the show works." The New York Times referred to a "stiff supporting cast." [3]

Matt Rouse of TV Guide wrote, "Forget about the 'Seinfeld' curse, this is just mediocre material and bad casting."[4]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"Andy AckermanJeff MartinSeptember 20, 2004 (2004-09-20)
2"Hammer Time"Andy AckermanLinda Videtti FigueiredoSeptember 27, 2004 (2004-09-27)
3"Grandmaster of the Wolfhunt"Mark CendrowskiKenya BarrisOctober 4, 2004 (2004-10-04)
4"Cool Jerk"Andrew D. WeymanDavid LittOctober 11, 2004 (2004-10-11)
5"Quest for Fire"John WhitesellDan O'KeefeOctober 18, 2004 (2004-10-18)
6"Mickey Swallows a Bee"Barnet KellmanDan KopelmanOctober 25, 2004 (2004-10-25)
7"The Gift of the Ton-i"Terry HughesDan KopelmanOctober 25, 2004 (2004-10-25)
8"Sweet Charity"Andy CadiffDavid LittNovember 15, 2004 (2004-11-15)
9"Thanksgiving"Bob KoherrDaphne PollonNovember 22, 2004 (2004-11-22)
10"Mickey Without a Cause"Andy AckermanDan O'KeefeNovember 29, 2004 (2004-11-29)
11"Enemy at the Gates"Terry HughesDaphne PollonDecember 13, 2004 (2004-12-13)
12"Tony the Tiger"Rob SchillerDan KopelmanJanuary 3, 2005 (2005-01-03)
13"Sub Thy Neighbor"Bob KoherrLinda Videtti FigueiredoJanuary 17, 2005 (2005-01-17)
14"Weekend with Bernie"Bob KoherrErika Kaestle & Patrick McCarthy & Jamie RhonheimerJanuary 31, 2005 (2005-01-31)
15"Inky Dinky Don't"Bob KoherrDan KopelmanFebruary 7, 2005 (2005-02-07)
16"Colon-Oopscopy"Lynn McCrackenJamie RhonheimerFebruary 14, 2005 (2005-02-14)
17"Tony Whine-Man"Gerry CohenErika Kaestle & Patrick McCarthyFebruary 21, 2005 (2005-02-21)
18"Couch Potato"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Dan O'KeefeMarch 7, 2005 (2005-03-07)
19"Waiting for Kleinman"Rob SchillerKenya BarrisMarch 21, 2005 (2005-03-21)
20"Check Mates"Bob KoherrLinda Videtti FigueiredoApril 11, 2005 (2005-04-11)
21"Ebony and Irony"Bob KoherrDan Kopelman & Jamie RhonheimerApril 18, 2005 (2005-04-18)
22"Last Vegas"Bob KoherrErika Kaestle & Patrick McCarthyApril 25, 2005 (2005-04-25)

Ratings[edit]

Premiere: 11.8 million

Last episode: 8.9 million[5]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/life/television/reviews/2004-09-19-listen-up_x.htm
  2. ^ https://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C01EED71439F933A1575AC0A9629C8B63
  3. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/09/20/DDG5F8QHBA1.DTL&ao=all
  4. ^ TV Guide September 12-18, 2004 pg. 41.
  5. ^ New York Times