The Knights of Prosperity
|The Knights of Prosperity|
Network Logo for The Knights of Prosperity
|Created by||Rob Burnett
Kevin Michael Richardson
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Camera setup||Single-camera setup|
|Running time||30 minutes
|Production company(s)||B&B Productions
Worldwide Pants Incorporated
ABC Studios (as Touchstone Television)
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original release||January 3, 2007 – August 23, 2007|
The Knights of Prosperity is an American comedy series that premiered on ABC in the United States on Wednesday, January 3, 2007. It was created by Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman, who also created the NBC comedy-drama Ed. The show follows a group of misfits—the titular Knights—who attempt to rob various celebrities, the first being Mick Jagger (Jagger was also credited as one of the executive producers, along with the creators and David Letterman). The series was made by Letterman's Worldwide Pants Incorporated and ABC Studios.
The series initially aired on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. before being moved to 8:30. The series was pulled after airing nine episodes and then officially canceled by ABC. On August 8, after 5 months off the air, ABC broadcast two episodes and then pulled the sitcom once again. On August 17, 2007, the network made all 13 episodes available for viewing on ABC.com, but were later taken off.
Name changes and scheduling
The series went through several name changes: the original title, though never publicly affirmed, was Let's Rob Jeff Goldblum, later changed to Let's Rob Mick Jagger once Goldblum committed to the NBC drama Raines. ABC announced the series for its fall schedule as Let's Rob... in May, and the final name change to Knights of Prosperity was reported in July 2006. During the TCA Tour, executive producer Rob Burnett indicated that the title might change again before the show debuts, but the show debuted under the "Knights" name.
Originally scheduled to debut on October 17, 2006 at 9:00 p.m., it was pulled from the schedule on October 3 in favor of at least two additional 90-minute episodes of its intended lead-in, Dancing with the Stars. ABC later announced that the program would be shelved and rescheduled for a January 2007 airdate due to the network now making another sitcom, Big Day, a priority for the Tuesday night schedule. On November 9, 2006, ABC began running promos for the show in advance of its January airdate. On December 5, 2006, ABC announced that the program would premiere on January 3, 2007 at 9:00 p.m. Although the show was scheduled to air the following week at 9:00, a primetime address by the President of the United States caused the second episode of the show to air at 9:30 p.m. The show returned to its normal 9:00 time slot the following week. The show was rescheduled to 8:30 beginning on January 31, 2007, and remained there until it was pulled from the schedule on March 5. Before the upfronts, the network announced that it was considering a second season featuring Ray Romano.
However, the show was ultimately canceled, and was briefly brought back in the summer to burn off the remaining episodes along with fellow low-rated newcomer The Nine. Both shows were pulled again on August 14 and on August 17, ABC put up the remaining episodes on its website.
On December 26, 2006, to generate buzz for the show, ABC distributed wallets bearing the monogram "KOP" in a number of markets. The wallets contained a receipt from "Enterprise Luxury Goods Ltd." for millions of dollars in purchases, a claim check for a platinum wristwatch, and an invitation to join a promotional group via text message.
On December 31, 2006 during New Year's Eve in Times Square, ABC also distributed orange acrylic hats bearing a white embroidered "KOP".
Cast and characters
- Donal Logue as Eugene Gurkin
- Sofía Vergara as Esperanza Villalobos
- Lenny Venito as Francis "Squatch" Squacieri
- Maz Jobrani as Gourishankar Subramaniam
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Rockefeller Butts
- Josh Grisetti as Louis Plunk
- Reiko Aylesworth as Simone Cashwell
- Ben Bailey as Ralph Carnucci
- Dustin Diamond as Himself
- Mick Jagger as Himself
- Sally Jessy Raphaël as Herself
- Kelly Ripa as Herself
- Ray Romano as Himself
- Rocco DiSpirito as Himself
|Episode #||Title||Air Date||Rating||Share||18-49||Viewers|
|1||Operation: Pilot||January 3, 2007||TV-PG L||7||3.0||7.4 million|
|2||Operation: Seduce Simone||January 10, 2007||TV-PG DL||5||2.0||5.2 million|
|3||Operation: Fighting Shape||January 17, 2007||TV-14||4||1.5||4.1 million|
|4||Operation: Deliver the Case||January 24, 2007||TV-PG DLV||4||1.4||3.8 million|
|5||Operation: Ralph||January 31, 2007||TV-PG DLSV||5||1.9||5.1 million|
|6||Operation: Caught on Tape||February 7, 2007||TV-PG S||5||2.1||5.6 million|
|7||Operation: Save Esperanza||February 14, 2007||TV-14 DLV||5||2.1||5.3 million|
|8||Operation: Panic Room||February 21, 2007||TV-14 DLV||4||1.6||4.1 million|
|9||Operation: Oswald Montecristo||February 28, 2007||TV-14 DLV||4||1.7||4.2 million|
|10||Operation: Rent Money||August 8, 2007||TV-PG||3||1.8||2.3 million|
|11||Operation: Steal the Safe||August 8, 2007||TV-PG||3||1.5||2.1 million|
|12||Operation: Open the Safe||August 22, 2007||TV-PG||N/A||N/A||*|
|13||Operation: RomanoCorp||August 23, 2007||TV-PG||N/A||N/A||*|
|Country||TV Network(s)||Series Premiere||Weekly schedule (local time)|
|Australia||Seven Network||August 2007||The series was aired in full weekdays at 3pm.
Seven repeated the series on high-definition channel Seven HD. After an initial 9.25pm Sunday time-slot, the series finished at 1am Wednesday mornings.
|Croatia||HRT||2008||Sundays at 9:00 PM|
|France||Canal+||July 2008||Mondays to Fridays at 6:20 PM|
|Italy||Rai Due||2008||Saturdays at 4:10 PM|
|New Zealand||TV2||February 2008||Wednesday at 10:20 PM|
|Poland||Comedy Central||Fall 2007||Mondays at 8:00 PM|
|Portugal||RTP2||August 27, 2008||Monday to Friday at 8:45 PM|
|Netherlands||Comedy Central||2008||Mondays at 10:30 PM|
|Romania||AXN||2008||Monday-Friday at 17:00|
|India||Star World||2008–2009||Wednesday at 15:00|
Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of Knights of Prosperity on ABC:
|Season||Timeslot (EDT)||Series Premiere||Series Finale||TV Season||Rank||Viewers
|1||Wednesday 9:00 P.M. (January 3–24, 2007)
Wednesday 8:30 P.M. (January 31 - February 28, 2007)
Wednesday 8:00 P.M. (August 8, 2007)
|January 3, 2007||August 23, 2007||2006-2007||107||5.0 (#117)|
- 2007 Cancelled Shows: ABC Cuts Some Beloved Series, TVSeriesFinale.com, May 15, 2007
- Knights of Prosperity, The Nine: ABC Drops Them Once Again, TVSeriesFinale.com, August 13, 2007
- http://www.tvseriesfinale.com/2007/08/knights_of_prosperity_the_nine_abc_releases_final.php Knights of Prosperity, The Nine: ABC Releases Final Episodes, TV Series Finale, August 17, 2007
- Sullivan, Brian Ford. "ABC Adds 'Medical Mysteries,' 'Let's Rob' Becomes 'Knights'", FutonCritic.com, 4 July 2006
- Ausiello, Michael. Ausiello Report "Press Tour Diary: ABC Day 2", 20 July 2006
- Ryan, Joal. "Mick Jagger Heist on Hold", E! Online, 4 October 2006
- "'Big Day' To Premiere Tuesday, November 28 On The ABC Television Network", FutonCritic.com, 5 October 2006
- "Upfront Buzz: 'Underbelly' May Be Back; ABC also looking at reviving 'Knights'", Zap2It.com, May 11, 2007
- Quick Exits for 'Knights,' 'Nine'; ABC pulls burnoffs after brief August runs, Zap2It.com, August 14, 2007
- Johannes, Amy "ABC Drops Wallets, Cash for Knights.", Promomagazine.com, December 22, 2006
- "Hollywood Reporter: 2006-07 primetime wrap". Hollywood Reporter. May 25, 2007. Archived from the original on October 25, 2007.
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