Snoops (1999 TV series)
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Principal cast of Snoops
|Created by||David E. Kelley|
|Opening theme||"One Way or Another" by Blondie|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Original release||September 26 – December 19, 1999|
Snoops is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC from September 26 to December 19, 1999. Created by David E. Kelley, the show came about during the height of Kelley's fame, with both The Practice and Ally McBeal sustaining large audiences.
Snoops focuses on a less-than-conventional detective agency, Glenn Hall, Inc., headed by Glenn Hall (Gina Gershon). Her staff included Roberta Young (Paula Jai Parker), a detective who goes to great lengths to get the job done; Manny Lott (Danny Nucci), the resident technology wiz; and Dana Plant (Paula Marshall), a former Santa Monica police detective.
Although the series garnered good ratings initially by averaging 11.5 million viewers, tying NBC in the ratings, it soon faltered and was cancelled quickly. Only ten of the thirteen episodes produced aired in the United States, while the final three episodes aired overseas. The final episode, which was rewritten by Kelley after the cancellation announcement, served as a series finale.
After the series was canceled, the character of Glenn Hall would later appear in an episode of the final season of The Practice entitled "The Firm". Series creator David E. Kelley later cast Jessalyn Gilsig on his FOX series Boston Public, and also cast one-time Snoops guest star Emmy Rossum in a multi-episode arc of The Practice.
- Gina Gershon as Glenn Hall
- Paula Marshall as Dana Plant (Episodes 1–11)
- Danny Nucci as Manny Lott
- Paula Jai Parker as Roberta Young
- Edward Kerr as Detective Greg McCormack
- Jessalyn Gilsig as Suzanne Shivers (Episodes 12–13)
- John Glover as Gary Hyndman
- Stephen Tobolowsky as Michael Bench
- Priscilla Barnes as Herself
- Casey Biggs as Gary Marlowe
- D. B. Woodside as Avery
- Emmy Rossum as Caroline Beels
- Denise Crosby as Evelyn Houtch
- David E. Kelley as Himself (cameo appearance)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||Allan Arkush||David E. Kelley||September 26, 1999|
|Former cop Dana Plant unwittingly finds herself with a job at Glenn Hall Inc., where civil rights and the constitution come second to solving crimes, but finds herself still having to deal with former cop partner Greg McCormack.|
|2||"Singer in the Band"||Allan Arkush||David E. Kelley||October 3, 1999|
|Roberta gets personally involved in a case against a deadbeat dad, while Glenn goes undercover as a country music singer.|
|3||"Bedfellas"||Dennie Gordon||Everett Owens & David E. Kelley||October 10, 1999|
|While Manny attempts to outwit a con artist, Glenn gets in deep when she discovers her new boyfriend has mafia connections.|
|4||"Higher Calling"||Arvin Brown||Paul Guyot||October 17, 1999|
|Priscilla Barnes and David Dukes guest star. Cameo appearances by Bill Maher, Arianna Huffington and Jane Krakowski playing themselves in a scene incorporating a clip of the issue-based talk show Politically Incorrect.|
|5||"The Heartless Bitch"||Allan Arkush||Nat Bernstein & Mitchel Katlin||October 24, 1999|
|Manny and Roberta investigate what seems to be a simple case of infidelity, while Glenn and Dana search for the recipient of a widower's wife's heart.|
|6||"Separation Anxiety"||Michael Lange||Kim Newton||October 31, 1999|
|While Dana fears for her life when she gets a stalker, Glenn helps a 14-year-old girl named Caroline Beels find her biological mother.|
|7||"Constitution"||Bethany Rooney||Teleplay by: David E. Kelley
Story by: Alfonso H. Moreno & Molly Newman
|November 7, 1999|
|The agency gets involved in the complicated life of a family which may include murderers and gay bashers.|
|8||"True Believers"||Miguel Arteta||Michael Green||November 14, 1999|
|Back on the force, Dana is annoyed when her first case involves working with Greg and the agency to investigate a mysterious kidnapping.|
|9||"The Grinch"||Joe Napolitano||David E. Kelley||November 21, 1999|
|Glenn searches for a man stealing Christmas presents, while Manny is asked to assist a man in killing his wife.|
|10||"A Criminal Mind"||Ian Sander||Hart Hanson||November 28, 1999|
|Glenn and Dana are confused when a clue from a hypnotized man leads them to a murder victim, while Roberta and Manny join forces with a bounty hunter.|
|11||"Blood Lines"||Donald Petrie||Molly Newman||December 5, 1999|
|Glenn is reunited with Caroline, who needs a donor for leukemia treatment. Glenn follows a trail to a possible organ match, who will only participate if rape charges against him are dropped. And a tragedy unfolds as Dana tries to help a mentally disabled office worker at the police station, who is caught in a drug deal. However, events spiral out of control, ending in Dana's death.|
|12||"The Stolen Diskette"||Lloyd Ahern II||John Tinker||December 12, 1999|
|FBI Agent Suzanne Shivers joins forces with Glenn to track down a disk with important mob information on it, only to find herself intrigued by the agency. And Greg leaves the force in the wake of Dana's death.|
|13||"Swan Chant"||Allan Arkush||Molly Newman||December 19, 1999|
|Glenn and Suzanne take care of a singer who is trying to rid herself of her drug addiction. Against Glenn's will, Manny takes a case of a contested will that may involve the ownership of the agency. When the case goes wrong, a millionaire's widow takes over the agency. The series ends with Suzanne and Roberta finding jobs elsewhere, and Glenn leaving the agency to go on a music tour.|
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