Madman of the People
|Madman of the People|
|Created by||Chris Cluess
|Directed by||James Burrows
Philip Charles MacKenzie
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Executive producer(s)||Chris Cluess
E. Duke Vincent
Stephen C. Grossman
|Running time||22 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Kreiscluesco Industries
|Distributor||Worldvision Enterprises (1995-99)
Paramount Domestic Television (1999-2006)
CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006-07)
CBS Television Distribution (2007-current)
|Original release||September 22, 1994– June 17, 1995|
The series stars character actor Dabney Coleman as Jack "Madman" Buckner, an outspoken newspaper columnist who had written a popular column, Madman of the People, in Your Times magazine for 30 years. The premise of the show involves Buckner's daughter, Meg (Cynthia Gibb), being brought in by the publisher to bring Buckner's column into the 1990s.
Though the series initially won favorable opinions from critics, and was popular with audiences, ranking 12th for the season with a 14.9 average household share, it was still cancelled after only one season, making it one of the highest rated shows ever to get cancelled, according to classictvhits.com. However, while the show did well in the ratings, it lost a considerable portion of its lead-in audience from Seinfeld and was also hindering the then-freshman hit drama ER. NBC noticed the early success of Friends and decided to re-shuffle its lineup to put that show in the 9:30 PM EST spot, leading to one of the most dominant programming blocs in TV history.
- "Madman of the People". Retrieved 2006-10-01.
- "1994–95 TV: The One Where Friends and ER Blew Up -- Vulture". Vulture. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
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