Nikki (TV series)
|Created by||Bruce Helford|
|Directed by||Gerry Cohen
Nick von Esmarch
Brad William Henke
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||41 (6 unaired) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Curtis
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Mohawk Productions
Warner Bros. Television
|Original network||The WB|
|Original release||October 9, 2000– January 27, 2002|
Nikki is an American sitcom that aired on The WB from October 9, 2000, to January 27, 2002. Nikki was a starring vehicle for Nikki Cox, who had previously starred in another WB sitcom, Unhappily Ever After, which ran for five seasons. Looking to capitalize on Cox's popularity, Bruce Helford created a sitcom that featured her as the title character.
Cox portrays Nikki White, a Las Vegas showgirl living in Las Vegas with her husband Dwight White (Nick von Esmarch), a professional wrestler. The couple was portrayed as working class, attempting to follow their passions while finding fame and fortune in Las Vegas.
One of the show's central themes was of Dwight's mother constantly being angry with Nikki for "luring" her son into a marriage and away from a safe, secure job with a future. She believed her son was destined for better things, and settled for a career as a wrestler instead of pursuing a career as a tax attorney.
A total of 41 episodes were ordered, produced, and filmed, but due to low ratings, Nikki was cancelled in January 2002. Only 35 episodes were aired, the last being "She Was a Job-Jumper", on January 27, 2002.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||October 9, 2000||May 20, 2001|
|2||19||October 14, 2001||January 27, 2002|
- Brad William Henke as Thor
- Steve Valentine as Martine
- Christine Estabrook as Marion
- Marina Benedict as Luna
- Todd Robert Anderson as Ken
- Jacqueline Heinze as Alice
Notable guest stars
- Kevin Nash
- Lisa Marie Varon
- Arturo Brachetti
- Randy Savage
- The Fabulous Moolah
- Drew Carey
- Phill LaMarr
- David Garrison
- Amanda Bearse
- Meredith Bishop
- Ian Gomez
- Kathy Kinney
In 1999, The WB committed to 13 episodes of a new series helmed by former The Drew Carey Show co-creator Bruce Helford, and headlined by former Norm co-star Nikki Cox. Nikki was formally put on The WB's fall 2000 schedule in May 2000. The WB added 9 more episodes to the premiere season, bringing the total number of episodes to 22, in October 2000.
In May 2001, Nikki was renewed for a second season. The WB ordered that production on the series be halted in January 2002, after 19 second season episodes had been produced, three less than the 22 episodes that had been ordered.
- Ramin Zahed (October 6, 2000). "Review: 'Nikki'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
- Josef Adalian (July 21, 1999). "Frog web, WBTV synch on synergy". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
Kellner and WB Entertainment prexy Susanne Daniels backed up the positive words with definitive action, formalizing a 13-episode commitment to a fall 2000 laffer to be created and exec produced by Bruce Helford (“The Drew Carey Show”) with Nikki Cox (“Unhappily Ever After”) as star.
- Michael Schneider; Josef Adalian (May 16, 2000). "'Felicity' survives as WB plays it safe". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
- Josef Adalian (October 31, 2000). "'Nikki' scores 9 more at WB table". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
- Brian Lowry (May 14, 2001). "Networks Fine-Tuning Fall Lineups". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
The WB... Two new sitcoms--"Men, Women and Dogs," with comic Bill Bellamy, and "Off Center," a buddy comedy from the producers of the movie "American Pie"--will join "The Steve Harvey Show" and "Nikki" on Sunday nights.
- John Consoli (May 14, 2001). "The WB Playing For Laughter". Adweek. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
...the returning second-year show Nikki...
- Josef Adalian (January 22, 2002). "WB nixes 'Nikki' in its 2nd season". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
Nineteen segs will be produced, down from the 22 the Frog had ordered from Warner Bros. Television... A total of 41 episodes will have been produced when the show wraps.