Stage placard for Madame's Place talk show.
|Directed by||Don Barnhart|
|Music by||Michael K. Miller|
|Opening theme||"Madame's Place" performed by Denise De Caro|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||51|
|Executive producer||Brad Lachman|
|Producers||Don Van Atta|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production companies||Brad Lachman Productions|
Paramount Television Domestic Distribution
|Distributor||Paramount Television Domestic Distribution|
|Original release||September 20, 1982 –|
February 23, 1983
Madame's Place is an American sitcom based on the ribald, acerbic, aging-celebrity diva Madame, a puppet character portrayed by Wayland Flowers. Madame's Place was produced for one season with 51 (numbered but untitled) episodes, originally aired between September 1982 and February 1983. Unusual for a sitcom of the time, the series was produced for first-run syndication, where it aired five days a week.
The theme song for the show was composed by Michael Miller, with lyrics by Monica Riordan.
The creation of puppeteer Wayland Flowers, the "outrageous old broad" character of Madame had gained a following in the 1970s for humorous double entendres, wisecrack comebacks, and celebrity name-dropping. Madame was often costumed in fabulous gowns and summer diamonds ("some are diamonds; some are not"), a style spoofing the glamour of Hollywood's Golden era.
Madame lives in a plush Hollywood mansion surrounded by devoted butler Pinkerton, attentive secretary Bernadette, and beautiful niece Sara Joy. The domestic comedy antics of Madame's household are supplemented by Madame's eponymous talk show within-the-show, a revolving door for stand-up comedy, variety show performers, and celebrity guests.
As the series opens, the popular Madame's Place talk show has long been broadcasting reruns, prompting her fans to demand new episodes. Madame successfully negotiates a revival of the show from her home studio.
Cast and characters
- Wayland Flowers as Madame
- Johnny Haymer as butler Walter Pinkerton
- Susan Tolsky as secretary Bernadette Van Gilder
- Judy Landers as niece Sara Joy Pitts
- Corey Feldman as kid neighbor Buzzy St. James
- Ty Henderson as television producer Barney Wolfe
- Edie McClurg as psychic medium Solaria
Featured interviews and performers
- Guests were frequent and ranged widely, often appearing as themselves; the long list includes Peggy Gilbert, Debbie Reynolds, Betty White, Phyllis Diller, Tab Hunter, William Shatner, Charles Nelson Reilly, Rip Taylor, and Arsenio Hall.
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