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Flying Blind aired from September 1992 until July 1993 on FOX.
Another in a long line of urban comedies on FOX, Flying Blind was about a rather dull young man whose life was turned upside down by an unlikely affair with a beautiful free-spirited woman. Neil ( Corey Parker), was a marketing assistant at Hochman Foods, the company where his neurotic father, Jeremy ( Michael Tucci), was a senior executive. His life was about as interesting as yesterday's dishwater until one night at a party he ran into Alicia ( Tea Leoni), an incredibly sexy and uninhabited woman, and they fell madly in love. It was hard to understand what Alicia, who was almost totally preoccupied with sex, saw in boring Neil. But there was certainly something. Neil, who still lived at home, spent his days trying to look good at work and his nights having a torrid and exhausting affair with the insatiable Alicia. Ted ( Marcus Giametti), was his unscupulous officemate who would do almost anything to get ahead.
When he was laid off in February, during a downsizing at Hochman, Neil moved in with Alicia and her 2 Manhattan loft roommates-Jordan ( Robert Bauer), a throwback to the hippies of the 60's, and Megan ( Clea Lewis), an arty neurotic with incredible low self esteem. Away from the watchful eye of his father, he tried to become more adventuresome by getting a job working for eccentric local film producer Dennis ( Charles Rocket).
A Review from variety
September 11, 1992 12:00AM PT
An uneven opening stanza for new series "Flying Blind," written by exec producer Richard Rosenstock, shows that the show has possibilities, that Corey Parker has the stuff and that there are a few solid laughs still to be caught in eccentric characters. But not necessarily characters intro'd in the pilot.
By Tony Scott
An uneven opening stanza for new series “Flying Blind,” written by exec producer Richard Rosenstock, shows that the show has possibilities, that Corey Parker has the stuff and that there are a few solid laughs still to be caught in eccentric characters. But not necessarily characters intro’d in the pilot.
Recent college grad Neil Barash (Parker), working in a food factory where his dad got him a desk job, shares an office with ambitious, unctuous Ted (Marcus Giamatti).
Neil is approached at lunchtime by manic beauty Alicia (Tea Leoni), who invites him back to her jazzy downtown apartment.
Ted encounters Alicia’s downbeat roommate Megan (Clea Lewis), other roomy Jordan (Robert Bauer) and her belligerent painter-boyfriend Jonathan (Thomas Haden Church).
Presumably outrageous, the four actually suffer from desperate lunges at being bizarre; they’re more teen-type than true young-adult eccentrics, whose personalities weigh in more flamboyant than comedic. Some sorting out is in order if the new show is going to sustain Fox’s Sunday night laugh slate.
James Burrows’ astute direction generally holds up. Program’s opening as romanticist Neil, watching a French film, is snapped back to reality works wonderfully, but Neil’s solo stint in the office falls flat.
Parker’s low-key approach works well. Giamatti delivers a solid interp of the slick office mate. Leoni’s scatterbrained, overbearing Alicia plays like Holly Gonelightly. Michael Tucci as Neil’s dad hands in a good, understated performance.
Though filmed before a “live” audience, a suggestion of hitting-over-the-head sweetening intrudes. A mismatched scene surfaces, otherwise new sitcom on the Fox block looks smart, thanks to Burrows and to designer Tommy Goetz.
(Sun. (13), 10-10:30 p.m., Fox)
Production: Filmed at Universal Studios by Sweetum Prods. Inc. in association with Viacom and Paramount TV. Exec producer/creator/writer, Richard Rosenstock; producer, Jay Kleckner; director, James Burrows.
Crew: Camera, Gregg Heschong; editing, Andrew Chulack; sound, Robert Crosby; production designer, Tommy Goetz.
Cast: Cast: Corey Parker, Tea Leoni, Robert Bauer, Clea Lewis, Marcus Giamatti, Michael Tucci, Thomas Haden Church, John Finn, Phillip Simon, David Alan Isaacs, Simona Ferraro-Chartoff.
A Review from The LA Times
TV Reviews : Some Fresh Fun on Fox's 'Flying Blind'
The New Season. One in a series.
September 12, 1992|HOWARD ROSENBERG
Although not always on the mark, the cleverly written characters of the new Fox comedy "Flying Blind" do deliver a bit of fresh fun.
The 10 p.m. Sunday premiere on KTTV-TV Channel 11 and XETV-TV Channel 6 introduces recent college grad Neil Barash (Corey Parker), who is tied to a desk working at a ho-hum job that he accepted from his father's employer out of desperation. The office sequences plod some.
But comedic help is on the way, for Neil's life is transformed dramatically by a jolting lunchtime encounter with an aggressively sexy and neurotic mystery woman named Alicia (Tea Leoni), who practically orders the rather innocent Neil to sleep with her immediately. When she takes him home to her loft apartment--a turnstile for characters as wildly bizarre as she--"Flying Blind" does some serious soaring.
It's not only the episode's sharp writing but also its eroticism and its balance between the naivete and predictability of Neil and the spontaneity and instability of Alicia that give "Flying Blind" its uniqueness. What a nice beginning.
A Review From The New York Times
by John J. O'Connor
Published:September 22, 1992
In "Flying Blind," Neil Barash is played by Corey Parker, who once played Melissa's young lover in "Thirtysomething." Just out of college and unable to find a job, Neil is forced to go work with his father, Jeremy (Michael Tucci), at a snack-food company, where he will explore the mysteries of market research and junk food. That's by day.
Then Neil meets Alicia (Tia Leoni), described more or less accurately by one of her inevitably flaky roommates as "great, funny, sexy, the best -- she'll kill ya." Can Neil be happy living with his anxiety-ridden parents in Long Island ("It may not be a paradise," he maintains, "but there are some lovely areas") while Alicia beckons from decadent Manhattan? Talk about culture clashes.
Fox has been down this road before, complete with frequent daydreaming sequences, in "Herman's Head" and countless look-alikes. Created by Richard Rosenstock, "Flying Blind" came up with one of the new season's more savvy pilots but, as episodes float by, the specter of a rut becomes more pronounced. Where do Neil and Alicia go from here? Being uninhibited simply isn't enough, especially when the supposedly promiscuous heroine tells the panting hero that "with you, it would be more delicious to wait." Next Sunday the writers, clearly sensing trouble, send Neil out on a date with another woman. Let's hope no one says "she'll kill ya."
An Article from The Hartford Courant
`Flying Blind' Comedy Embocies Tv Season Of Sex
Tea Leoni Creates Stir
November 02, 1992|By JAMES ENDRST; Courant Television Columnist
Sex. Sex. Sex.
Who can keep their minds off it these days? Not with Madonna spreading her "Sex" all over the country.
Not when glossy magazines are teeming with Calvin Klein kids making mock love in between the perfumed pages.
And certainly not when you're a devotee of television where -- daytime, nightime, afternoons, you name it -- the sex is non-stop, from soap operas to "Studs." (Perhaps you saw or heard about Mariel Hemingway's naked attempt to jack up the ratings on ABC's "Civil Wars.")
By far this year's sexiest comedy, at least by network standards, is Fox Broadcasting's "Flying Blind." If you haven't seen the show, which is easy because it's on Sunday nights (locally on WTIC, Channel 61 at 11 p.m.) in a variety of time periods around the country, "Flying Blind" is best described as a TV variation on the 1986 Melanie Griffith-Jeff Daniels flick, "Something Wild."
Corey Parker (best known as Melissa's "younger man" on "thirtysomething') stars as recent college grad Neil Barash, a guy who's still so dazed and confused by real life that he accepts a dull, dead-end job at the snack-food company where his dad Jeremy (Michael Tucci) works -- a place where they make stuff like Flan-On-ARope.
But during his very first lunch hour on the job Neil's life takes a walk on the wild side when he's all but kidnapped by an uninhibited siren named Alicia played by TV-siren-du-jour Tea Leoni. "I really need you," Alicia coos to a befuddled Neil at their first meeting. "Do you have anything to do or do you want to play with me?" From there, Alicia escorts Neil to her downtown loft loaded with her tart, bohemian friends.
But none of them, as far as sexual fireworks are concerned, can hold a candle to Alicia or, for that matter, the actress who plays her.
Even Jamie Kellner, president of Fox Broadcasting, couldn't keep his rather shameless enthusiasm for Leoni in check during an
address to the nation's TV critics earlier this year in Los Angeles.
"Tea Leoni," he said, a gleam in his eye, "while she was cast originaly as one of Charlie's Angels, has survived on the bulletin boards of you every single person who heard that she was going to do this program was very excited by it. Because she's a wonderful lady and a very, very beautiful one as well."
Leoni, a strawberry blonde who was to have been one of the stars of Aaron Spelling's "Angels '88," a "Charlie's Angels" retread that never made it onto the air at Fox, has been busting out all over the media in Madonna-esque garb, in character and out.
So it was with a sense of self-conscious guilt that this reporter accepted an invitation to interview Leoni and -- perhaps to insure a sense of professionalism -- Parker as well.
"This character blows my wig back," says Leoni, cuddling a coffee cup on a recent morning in New York. "I mean, I look at her and I'm like `wow'. She's wild. I admire her. I get a big kick out of her. I love playing her."
But, Leoni who plays the sex kitten one moment (playfully grabbing the crotch of her co-star during a photo shoot) and the merely liberated woman the next (she thinks Kellner's comments were a compliment) is quick to add, "I was not out there Tea Leoni, as Alicia, and finally they've written something where Tea Leoni could work. I was shocked and amazed that I was on a sitcom. That I could do this character. It took me a while to kind of `get' her. She's a lot prettier than I am and she's a lot more fun. She carries herself differently. She has this way about her, this breath and this way of moving that I don't have."
That, in reality, is only partially true, though Leoni says she has proof.
"When people have recognized me," she says, "They've never said `Oh, you're that girl on that show.' What I get is, `You know, you look a lot like that girl on that show. You know, it's amazing. You sound like her, too.' And then they walk away because, by God, they know I'm not the girl in the show because, hey, she is a lot prettier and dresses better."
The fan mail has started coming in for both actors with some obvious differences in focus.
"Most of mine are from men," says Leoni, who is married but insists on not talking about it, adding she's received "a couple of prison letters" in the batch.
Parker, who has a lot more going for him in the way of credits -- including an outstanding performance in PBS's "The Lost Language of Cranes" -- says, "Most of mine say, `I have 20,000 autographs I have collected [and I'd like to add your's to the collection].' So, it's just like, well, I think you have enough then."
Things are a lot more even-handed on screen, however.
"Tea and I are lucky," Parker says. "I mean we never met before this show and were lucky enough that we have chemistry. So the millions of times we have to kiss every week, it just works."
Even, he says, when "one of us has coffee breath or is thinking about problems at home... "
Things have moved at a rather furious pace, sexually speaking on the show.
"We've already `done it," Leoni says. "So that's taken care of. Now, how kinky we get over the next 9 weeks or whatever...."
Come what may, Leoni says she's happy that Alicia and Neil have bypassed the usual, unrequited Sam-and-Diane tension of a "Cheers" in favor of an actively physical relationship.
And she admits to a sad fascination for people who say: "It's really too bad that you all slept together in the 5th or 6th episode or whatever it was, because where are you going to go from there?"
"And I think," she says, "Wow, I don't know what your life is like but mine doesn't end after the first time I have sex with someone. There have been shows in the past... where these people, through the most unbelievable circumstances didn't have sex for seven years. I'm very glad that we've chosen a different route."
But with sex, even on TV, comes responsibility.
Or does it.
"I think it's really a very complicated question and a multilayered answer," says Parker, a divorced father of a three-year-old child, "because the subject of Hollywood and television and whether there's this whole downward trend as far as morals and ethics and propriety is a question in itself -- regardless of our show and whether the right wing or ... whoever it is saying it is right or not. That's a whole other issue. Because for me, personally, yes, I think that it's deplorable a lot of the stuff that's on television." Leoni sees it somewhat differently.
"I hope, if I have anything to do with it, I would say let's not because we all hae to tackle those issues every day. I sort of think the old job behind entertainment, behind the movies, was this sort of escapism. Let's give you22 minutes where you can sort of revel in this fantasy with us and not have to worry about those issues. Just for 22 minutes."
Fox Broadcasting's "Flying Blind" is broadcast Sundays at 11 p.m., locally on WTIC, Channel 61
An Article from the Detroit Free Press
Unlike 'Flying Blind' Character, Corey Parker Has Been Around
Television - TV people -
December 29, 1992|By Mike Duffy, Detroit Free Press
Right now, Flying Blind star Corey Parker is flying high.
There's no exaggerating the relief Parker experienced when Fox decided early in December to renew the lively new romantic comedy for the rest of the year.
The anxiety of waiting to hear ''really messes up your life,'' Parker said in a recent phone interview. ''When you're working as an actor, there's generally a feeling of tentativeness about how it will be received.'' So far, Flying Blind has been received with favorable reviews, a small cult following and very mediocre ratings.
On Flying Blind, Parker plays young college graduate Neil Barash. Neil's an anxious innocent suffering a seriously funny identity crisis as he tries to handle the transition to real life.
Real life, in this instance, includes a first job in the marketing department of the same snack food company where his father works.
But then the hormonal tilt-a-whirl takes over when Neil is swept away by a flamboyant fabulous babe named Alicia (Tea Leoni), the sort of wildly uninhibited free spirit who is undeniably a male scriptwriter's fantasy.
Which means it is Flying Blind creator Richard Rosenstock's dream queen vision.
But fortunately, Rosenstock has a terrific sense of irreverent non-sexist humor, the sort of contemporary, self-deprecating wit that makes Neil and the outlandishly attractive Alicia most enjoyable. Plus, Flying Blind stars Parker and Leoni share a very nifty comic chemistry in this hip, fast-talking and contemporary romance.
Parker - thirtysomething fans will remember him from his role as Melissa Steadman's (Melanie Mayron) young lover - is a show business lifer. Born in New York City, he did his first TV commercial at age 4.
He's also had extensive stage experience and appeared in the film version of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues and the Emmy-nominated TV production of Simon's Broadway Bound.
All of which means the young lives of inexperienced Neil Barash and seen-it-all Corey Parker aren't exactly identical.
''I attended college for about six weeks,'' Parker said. ''He's from the suburbs, I grew up in the city. I'm 27 and have a 3-year-old son and have been married and divorced. I've been through a lot more than he has.
''But we share one important thing in common. We both can get ourselves out of tough situations with our humor and sarcasm.''
Parker also knows how to be diplomatic when asked a potentially embarrassing question. So, Corey, who's the better kisser, Tea Leoni or Melanie Mayron?
''They're different kissers,'' Parker begins tentatively. ''Melanie's an older woman. Tea's younger, and she's married. Melanie's an older woman, and she's freer. But that's all I can comment.''
Hmmmm. So for a good smooch, call Melissa Steadman?
Well, Neil Barash isn't talking, and Corey Parker is unavailable for further comment. But Flying Blind is out there every week, dishing out the high-energy hubba-hubba with a bit of real romantic wit. And for now, Corey Parker is flying happy.
An Article from USA TODAY
Published on March 26, 1993
Parker feels Fox turns a blind eye to his 'Flying'
By Jefferson Graham
HOLLYWOOD-Here's a story about the flip side of the Hollywood dream.
It's about a guy who quit school to act , did impressive work in the theater, moved to Los Angeles and nabbed good roles in Bioxi Blues and Thirtysomething, and then, at age 27, got his own series, Fox's Flying Blind, which airs Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
But to hear Corey Parker tell it, the dreams were better than the reality.
As 22 weeks of the critically acclaimed but low-rated series wind down , with no clue as to whether Fox will renew the show , Parker has harsh things to say about his network, and about a series that he feels never lived up to the potential of its pilot.
" Its been frustrating working for a network that doesn't pay attention to their show," Parker says. " We feel like we have no support, like we're just there to fill the time slot."
Specifically , in a charge that other shows have also leveled at Fox, Parker says Blind has received little promotion. " Watch on Sunday night sometime," he says. " All of the shows are promoted up to Herman's Head at 9:30. Then it just stops."
Blind is a fantasy about a nebbish named Neil and Alicia ( Tea Leoni), the most beautiful gal in town. The two moved in together, but the following week, he moved out. Now, Parker says he doesn't know where the character is living-the producers haven't said.
After playing a nerd in Bioxi, Parker was reticent about doing another one in Blind. But newly divorced and the father of a 3-year old boy, he needed to work. He read a lot of scripts and Flying hit a nerve.
" There was so much dreck out there," he says. " This script was really funny."
Producers were on the brink of canceling the project if they couldn't find their guy.
" I went to Fox to read for the executives and the producers coached me on how to do it," he says. " Because the pressure was really on."
Parker got the role , even though he never auditioned or even read with Leoni. They met on the first day of filming.
Once the show got started, Parker was hoping his character would develop more. " I think I should challenge her instead of fawning all over her. It shouldn't just be he's the geek and she's the sex goddess."
Maybe it's the weather. Maybe Parker has the 'gee, I'm exhausted blues.' Whatever, Parker and sitcoms just don't seem to be a great match.
" I came from the theater," he says . " There it was always 'the plays the thing.' In Hollywood, it's easy for egos to dictate how a show is produced."
A renewal for next season is a question mark, and Parker has no clue to which way Fox is leaning. Asked if he wants it to return, Parker asys, " It really doesn't matter. I don't have a choice. They have me under contract for many years."
To read some articles about Flying Blind go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AYs0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=16MFAAAAIBAJ&dq=flying%20blind%20tv%20show&pg=1240%2C4338138 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8VRSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yjYNAAAAIBAJ&dq=flying%20blind%20tv%20show&pg=5838%2C4228370
To watch some clips from Flying Blind go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=flying+blind+tv+show
For a page devoted to Flying Blind go to https://web.archive.org/web/20070112192538/http://www.tvsquad.com/2006/05/25/short-lived-shows-flying-blind/
For a Website dedicated to Tea Leoni go to http://tea-leoni.org/
For a Review of Flying Blind go to https://web.archive.org/web/20080515131403/http://www.sff.net/people/rothman/GBF/flyingblind.htm
To watch the opening and closing credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKAqmkbIA5Q
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