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The Mike O'Malley Show aired in September 1999 on NBC.

Mike ( Mike O'Malley) was a big, 30-year old lug who didn't want to
grow up. He worked as a BMS technician, but his free time was spent as
a hockey nut and hanging out with scruffy slacker Weasel ( Mark
Rosenthal) in the small house they shared in New Haven, Connecticut.
Mike got a big slap upside the head when his friend Jimmy ( Will
Arnett), known for his short relationships, decided to marry soul
mate, Marcia ( Kate Walsh), and invited Mike to be his best
man.Realizing his own life was going nowhere, Mike tried to rekindle
his relationship with perky, tight-jeaned ex-girlfriend Shawna ( Missy
Yager), who was getting her second degree at Yale. Slobbish Mike
should be just the kind of man she wanted! Mike's sister Kerry was
played by series star Mike O'Malley's real-life sister. The show's
other star was the big boat in Mike's driveway, belonging to Jimmy
(who was forever "working on it"), in which Mike sometimes hung out.

Upon airing, the series received bad reviews and low ratings. After
airing only two episodes of the thirteen produced, NBC canceled the

A Review from variety

September 20, 1999 12:00AM PT
The Mike O’Malley Show

By Ray Richmond

Only on television can 30-year-old men float through life on a diet of snack foods, hockey and “SportsCenter” while hanging with guys named Weasel. Call it Peter Puck Syndrome. You will find it on display in all its slacker glory in this incessantly dopey and self-indulgent sitcom starring, and co-produced by, actor-playwright Mike O’Malley. You know a debuting show is already in trouble when the most impressive credit on the main star’s resume is having portrayed the interstitial role of “The Rick” in ESPN on-air promos. To NBC, this evidently seemed like a sufficiently rich body of work to merit a primetime order.

Nevertheless, it seems NBC is intent on counterprogramming ABC’s critical smash “Sports Night” with a comedy about the life of a hockey nut. Ooh, good idea. Of course, “Mike O’Malley” also faces a volley of time period slapshots from the likes of “60 Minutes II,” “Party of Five” and the WB’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spinoff “Angel.” This makes “O’Malley” the odds-on freshman favorite to be the first show benched for low-schticking.

Well-meaning and innocuous though it may be, “Mike O’Malley” is as hackneyed and uninspired as sitcoms get. Gee, guys who are living the frat-boy lifestyle to avoid growing up. Where do they come up with this stuff?

Here, O’Malley plays a character who is named — with a flourish of creativity — Mike O’Malley. His world is torn asunder in the pilot when his best pal Jimmy (Will Arnett) marries girlfriend Marcia (Kate Walsh). Yow! Commitment! This freaks out Mike so completely that he turns and starts addressing the camera directly. He may need an NHL doubleheader on the tube to overcome this one.

While serving as best man at the wedding, Mike sees the immature error of his ways and makes awkward attempts to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend Shawna (Missy Yager). Suddenly, the opening storyline, co-penned by O’Malley and fellow exec producer Les Firestein, shifts gears, in hopes that the audience will now take O’Malley seriously. He’s still living with the slovenly Weasel (Mark Rosenthal), and now he expects romantic understanding? Sorry, hockey boy.

Second installment continues to flail away in its attempts to locate a voice, but the chemistry and tone are way off. As a result, “The Mike O’Malley Show” is unlikely to register on the comedy scale.

Tech credits are fine.

The Mike O'Malley Show

NBC; Tues. Sept. 21, 9:30 p.m.

Production: Filmed in Los Angeles by NBC Studios. Executive producers, Mike O'Malley, Les Firestein; co-executive producers, Heide Perlman, Tom Brady; producer, Werner Walian; director, James Widdoes; writers, O'Malley, Firestein.

Crew: Camera, Paul F. Petzoldt; production designer, Tho. E. Azzari; art director, Dan Maltese; editor , Jesse Hoke; music, Buffalo Tom; sound, Gordon Klimuck; casting, Tammara Billik. 30 MIN.

With: Mike - Mike O'Malley Weasel - Mark Rosenthal Jimmy - Will Arnett Marcia - Kate Walsh Shawna - Missy Yager Kerry - Kerry O'MalleyCamera, Paul F. Petzoldt; production designer, Tho. E. Azzari; art director, Dan Maltese; editor, Jesse Hoke; music, Buffalo Tom; sound, Gordon Klimuck; casting, Tammara Billik. 30 MIN.

A Review from the New York Post


By Michele Greppi

September 21, 1999 | 4:00am

“The Mike O’Malley Show”

Tonight at 9:30 on WNBC/Ch.4

Minus **

WHEN a painfully average Joe begins enunciating painfully ordinary thoughts about finally, maybe, thinking about growing up at age 30, and he does so directly to the audience, you know it’s time to put the fourth wall back up.

“The Mike O’Malley Show” started out as a pilot that made us miss “Men Behaving Badly” -well, Ron Eldard, not his “Badly” co-star Rob Schneider.

Then, after a sweeping overhaul was ordered, “Mike O’Malley” came back like a bad penny for slacker-frat boy thoughts and O’Malley’s many conceits.

O’Malley, who is star and co-executive producer, got more chuckles when someone leaked the 19-page manifesto in which he urged his writing staff to make what his sitcom says important and then funny.

Oops, missed on both counts.

“I am not good in these situations,” says O’Malley’s eponymous alterego when we meet him, on the roof, trying to console best friend Jimmy (Will Arnett), who came out of the bathroom at the church to find he’d just been left at the altar.

“Technically, you got left at the urinal,” says O’Malley.

It doesn’t get more important or funny than that.

But O’Malley, an Off-Broadway playwright and star of ESPN commercials and Nickelodeon kids’ shows, will persevere in his attempt to convince us that there’s something we need to hear from a guy who shares a sty of a house with a pig of a pal named Weasel (Mark Rosenthal), whose major role is to make O’Malley look good in comparison.

Among the flashbacks that tell the story of how Jimmy’s gal (Kate Walsh) and O’Malley’s gal (Missy Yager) got away and then came back, is a scene in which Weasel drops two sets of car keys down his pants and neither O’Malley nor his shrill TV and real-life sister Kerry wants to go after them.

It’s a rare moment of good taste and judgment.

You’ll excuse us though, if we don’t savor it, because this comedically challenged show signals loud and clear that it is going to aim low and fall short.

An Article from the LA Times

An Article from the LA Times

'The Rick' Wants to Show He Knows the Score
Television * The writing and character development are keys to 'Mike
O'Malley Show,' says the writer, executive producer and star.

As Mike O'Malley puts it, "The time to tell people the kind of show
you want to do is not when you are drowning your sorrows in a bar when
you are canceled."

So O'Malley, not content with the creative quality of his new NBC
sitcom, "The Mike O'Malley Show," sat down and wrote what he wryly
refers to as "the manifesto" to his writing staff--a document that
surfaced several weeks ago and was soon heating up fax lines around
town and making its way into various publications.

"Rather than assuming that everyone would understand the show I wanted
to do, I thought I would give them some of the initial notes I made to
myself regarding some of the characters' philosophies that I had
written down when I had gone in to pitch the show to NBC," says
O'Malley, the show's creator as well as a writer, executive producer
and star.

Probably best known for his role as the ultimate sports fanatic "The
Rick" on ESPN's popular commercials, O'Malley has a degree in theater
from the University of New Hampshire and comes at television from a
playwright's point of view.

Two of his plays, "Three Years From Thirty" and "Diverting Devotion,"
have been published by Samuel French and were performed
off-off-Broadway. His latest play, "Searching for Certainty," is set
to debut off-Broadway next year.

His problem in getting the TV series where he thinks it should be
comes, in part, from the dissonance between his professional roots in
theater and "The Rick" persona that tends to have people thinking he's
just one step removed from an "Animal House" frame of mind.

"A lot of people misconstrue ["The Rick"]," he says. "They think I'm a
stand-up comedian . . . [or] I'm just this guy on the ESPN
commercials. They don't understand that NBC had made a deal with me as
an executive producer more because of my writing than acting."

NBC executives, O'Malley says, have been very supportive of his desire
to retool the show. "Why would NBC be upset that one of the executive
producers of their new multimillion-dollar investment has an idea of
the kind of show he wants to do?" O'Malley asks.

Executive producer Les Firestein ("In Living Color," "The Drew Carey
Show"), who created the series with O'Malley, says he and O'Malley
were put together by the network because NBC thought they were a good

"Mike has an incredible heart and I am brutally cynical," Firestein
says. "People figured we could make some kind of heartfelt and cynical
show sandwich, which would be a good combination. I think we are
getting there more and more. There are some really nice moments, but
also a lot of funny in it."

"What we set out to create," O'Malley says, "was what kind of a role
could I play best and do a variation on the kind of people I went to
college with and hang out with in my own life and the questions and
situations we find ourselves in." Even so, he insists the comedy is
not autobiographical: "But I think the issues the characters are
dealing with [are]."

O'Malley already has a big fan base of young males because of "The
Rick" spots, and he and Firestein hope to broaden it with the series.
"Of course we want women to watch the show," O'Malley says. "The cast
is three men and three women. It's split down the middle and we're
dealing with a lot of issues about their relationships. Since all the
relationships are currently heterosexual, it involves women as much as
it does men."

In the comedy, O'Malley plays a 30-year-old fun-loving hockey fan who
lives with his slacker friend, Weasel (Mark Rosenthal), in
Gen-X-appropriate single-guy chaos.

All of that changes when Mike's best friend, Jimmy (Will Arnett),
decides to marry his soul mate (Kate Walsh), forcing Mike to think
about becoming an adult.

During the course of each episode, O'Malley stops the action for a few
minutes to talk things over with viewers.

"This is the last kind of guy who is going to be speaking about some
of his questions and concerns out loud to his friends for fear of
seeming less manly," says O'Malley, who starred two years ago in the
low-rated WB comedy "Life With Roger." "But maybe he is really kind of
hearing his thoughts out loud. Here is an opportunity, by breaking the
fourth wall, to include the audience intimately with this guy's

O'Malley is keenly aware of just how critical it is to the show's
survival that enough viewers decide to go along for that journey.

"It is completely a lot of pressure," he acknowledges. "But that's
what they pay you for. There is an element of 'OK. Your name is on it.
If it succeeds, good for everyone.' If it doesn't, well, you know, bad
for me."

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