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Daniel Stern, Jon Foster, Joely Fisher, Julia McIlvaine and Robert Prosky (clockwise from top)
Danny aired from September until October 2001 on CBS.
Danny ( Daniel Stern), was a 40 year old idealistic dreamer who was still adjusting to his recent divorce. He and his friendly ex-wife, Molly ( Joely Fisher), had 2 teenage children, Sally and Henry ( Julia McIlvaine, Jon Foster), who were living with Danny, as was his grumpy father, Lenny (Robert Prosky). Danny, who was a big kid himself, was the director of " The wreck Center," the local community center, where he worked with Chickie ( Roz Ryan), whose tough-talking exterior masked a kind heart. Rachel ( Mia Korf), the bubbly young ballet teacher at the center liked him, but Danny was to shy to ask her out.
The first casualty of the 2001-2002 season, Danny was canceled after only 2 telecasts.
A Review from The Desert News
'Danny,' 'Thieves,' 'Pasadena' debut
New shows are at least worth checking out
Published: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001 7:23 a.m. MDT
By Scott D. Pierce
Deseret News television editor
Friday night features three new series that could hardly be more dissimilar if they tried — a half-hour family comedy; a light-hearted romantic comedy/spy caper; and a surprisingly serious nighttime soap.
And all three have at least something to recommend them.
DANNY (Friday, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 2) is sort of like a "Malcolm In the Middle" that concentrates on the dad.
Daniel Stern stars as Danny, a recently divorced single father who runs the local recreation center — the "Wreck Center." He's a good-hearted guy who sometimes finds himself out of his league as a father of two teenagers, Sally (Julia McIlvaine) and Henry (Jon Foster).
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Like in the second episode when he advises his 15-year-old son how to go to a beer blast without drinking.
On hand to help out at home is his dry-witted father, Lenny (Robert Prosky) and at work is the tough-but-caring Chickie (Roz Ryan).
Friday's premiere finds Danny fretting about his birthday, his advancing age, his kids and his tense relationship with his ex-wife (Joely Fisher, in a recurring role). But he's a charming neurotic — a regular guy, who's often very funny.
Just wait 'til you see Danny teaching a little girls' dance class in Friday's episode. That sequence alone makes it worth a look.
THIEVES (Friday, 8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) relies greatly on the charm of star John Stamos — so it's a lucky thing that Stamos ("Full House") has a lot of charm.
He stars as Johnny, a handsome lady-killer who makes a living as a master thief. In Friday's premiere, he has both an instant attraction to and instant dislike for Rita (Melissa George), another master thief who is sort of Johnny's opposite.
Johnny is clever and suave, using wit and charm to pull of his capers. He's not big on violence.
Rita is also smart, but she isn't afraid to kick butt. And she does. Often.
They're not as smart as they think, however, and they end up falling for a trap set by a secret government agency. Johnny and Rita are given a choice — go to prison or work for the government.
I think you can see where this is going.
"Thieves" is escapist fluff, along the lines of "Hart to Hart" or "Charlie's Angels." The sort of show that hasn't been seen much on network television in years.
And, of course, there's the Sam-and-Diane (on "Cheers") type of relationship to propel the show from week to week.
"Thieves" is cute and sometimes funny. Stamos is perfectly cast, and George . . . well, she's attractive.
If you're looking to kick back and disengage your brain for an hour on Friday night, "Thieves" just might be the way to do it.
PASADENA (Friday, 8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) is a prime-time soap opera on Fox — but it's nothing like "Melrose Place" or "Beverly Hills, 90210."
And that's a good thing.
On the surface, "Pasadena" has all the trappings of the blockbuster soaps of the '80s like "Dallas" and "Dynasty" — a rich, powerful family that's used to getting its way while battling among themselves.
But Friday's pilot is a dark, intriguing entree into what shows promise of being a very different sort of show. One that's shrouded in mystery.
("Pasadena" was written by creator/executive producer Mike White, whose writing credits include the movies "Chuck and Buck" and "Dead Man on Campus" as well as TV series "Freaks and Geeks" and "Dawson's Creek." Another of the executive producers is Diane Keaton, who directed the pilot.)
Viewers are brought into the show by 15-year-old Lily McCallister (Allison Lohman), a bright, attractive teen who's a member of the latest generation of the Greeley family. Her grandfather (Philip Baker Hall) is a billionaire whose holdings include California's biggest newspaper, the Los Angeles Sun.
Lily doesn't suspect that her family has secrets until a seemingly crazed man enters her house one night, makes demands she doesn't understand and then kills himself. It all seems somehow tied to the disappearance of a woman years earlier.
And no one in her family is talking. Certainly not her father, Will (Martin Donovan), who's not doing much of a job hiding his affair; or her mother, Catherine (Emmy-winner Dana Delany of "China Beach"), a fragile woman who has to try to have everything perfect in order to survive.
The family includes her grandmother, Joan (Barbara Babcock), a controlling ice queen; her ambitious uncle, Robert (Mark Valley); her troubled, drug-addicted uncle, Nate (Balthazar Getty); her flighty aunt, Beth (Natasha Gregson Wagner); and her younger brother, Mason (Christopher Marquette).
There are plots within plots and secrets within secrets in this rich-but-troubled family, and several of these characters make you want to know more about them. The interplay between Delany and Babcock is, all by itself, fascinating. And Delany has a scene that's amazing in which her character freaks out over some carpeting.
It's hard to tell where this is going, but the trip looks interesting.
For more on Danny go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_%28TV_series%29
For a biography of Daniel Stern go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Stern_%28actor%29
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