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Hope And Gloria ran from March 1995 until June 1996 on NBC.


Two single women shared a Pittsburgh brownstone, and their complicated lives, in this girl-buddy sitcom. In some ways they were complete opposites. Hope ( Cynthia Stevenson), was a perky, ever-optimistic associate producer of a local tv talk show who couldn't believe that her darling husband Jeffrey ( Jeff Orlandt)-unbeknownst to her, a world class philanderer-had left her after 10 years. Gloria ( Jessica Lundy), was a brassy cynical hairdresser, who knew all to well what a no-goodski her gross, carpet -salesman ex-husband Louis ( Enrico Colantoni) was. She ought to; she had married and divorced him twice.


Despite the fact that Gloria and Louis yelled at each other constantly,they still saw each other and shared the raising of their young son, Sonny ( Robert Garrova); for all the wisecracks, Louis was a pretty good Dad. Dennis ( Alan Thicke), was the vain, egocentric host of The Dennis Dupree Show on WPNN-TV, Channel 5-"The host who cares the most"- and Gwillem Blatt ( Taylor Negron), a high stung program executive.



A Review from variety


March 8, 1995 11:00PM PT
Hope & Gloria


By Todd Everett


Hope Richardson (Cynthia Stevenson) and Gloria Utz (Jessica Lundy) live in a Pittsburgh brownstone; they meet, just in time for the first episode, in the building’s laundry.


They are so unlike each other, it’s a cinch — this being a very conventional sitcom — that they’ll be fast friends by the time the end titles roll.


Shy and flighty, Hope has been married for 10 years and produces a local TV talkshow. Blond, brassy Gloria has been married twice to the same guy (from whom she’s separated again) and works as a beautician.


Whaddya know, Hope is looking for someone to sub for show’s hairdresser, who will be absent the next day. Even though this has happened several times, she has no standby lined up, so she offers the job to her new acquaintance.


“Hope & Gloria” is divided between domestic and work environments. TV show is hosted by Dennis Dupree, a loud, vain and, um, somewhat thick host portrayed by Alan Thicke, in the Ted Knight role. As producer, Gloria is as put-upon as Mary Richards was during her first couple of seasons at WJM.


Back home, Hope and her philandering hubby (Jeff Orlandt) have split, and she attaches herself to somewhat reluctant new best friend Gloria. Latter has problems of her own, raising 5-year-old Sonny (Robert Garrova) while putting up with lovable ex-hubby Louis (Enrico Colantoni).


Stevenson and Lundy are appealing actors, saddled here with limp material — though a few lines shine through, including Gloria’s unlikely allusion to Greek mythology: “Instead of pushing a rock up a hill or getting my liver pecked out by a bird, I just keep getting married to Louis Utz.”


Louis, on the other hand, gets no better verbal ammo than to describe her as “squirrel food.” Colantoni is OK in stereotyped role, while Thicke overplays a character that’s been done definitively elsewhere.


Overall look of “Hope & Gloria” is slick, and studio audience seems to be having such a good time that it might be watching another show. Or, perhaps, recalling “Cheers” and “Bob,” which were both original and funny instead of just pleasant.


Hope & Gloria


(Thurs. (9), 8:30-9 p.m., NBC)


Production: Filmed in L.A. by Team Steinkellner in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producers-writers, Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner; supervising producers, Jeanette Collins, Mimi Friedman; producer, Stephen C. Grossman; co-producer, J.J. Paulsen; director, Barnet Kellman.


Crew: Camera, George La Fountaine; editor, Michael Wilcox; art director, Tommy Goetz; sound, Norm Webster; music, Craig Safan.


Cast: Cast: Cynthia Stevenson, Jessica Lundy, Enrico Colantoni, Alan Thicke, Jeff Orlandt, Larry Poindexter, Patrick Labyorteaux, Ilana Levine, Robert Garrova, JoNell Kennedy, Victoria Alexander, Philip Perlman, Don Perry. Newest entry from producers Bill and Cheri Steinkellner ("Cheers,""Bob") gets a snug spot in NBC's Thursday-night lineup. Bad news is that show is wishy-washy affair, more in line with its cutesy title than high expectations generated by its pedigree and cast.





A Review from The New York Daily News


From 'Hope' Springs Charming Comedy
BY ERIC MINK
Thursday, March 09, 1995


THERE'S a thoroughly appealing daffiness to NBC's latest tryout comedy, "Hope & Gloria," premiering tonight at 8:30 between "Mad About You" and "Seinfeld."


The show stars Cynthia Stevenson as Hope Davidson, an enthusiastic, highly educated, somewhat naive woman with her head in the clouds who's forced to come down to Earth fast when her cheating husband leaves her on their 10th anniversary.


Hope is the producer of a local TV talk show (the show's set in Pittsburgh), and she devotes much of her time to massaging the enormous ego of the show's star, Dennis Dupree (Alan Thicke), and trying to make the rest of the crew like her.


Playing counterpoint to Hope's hopeless innocence, is Gloria Utz (Jessica Lundy), a practical, street-smart hairdresser and divorced mom who lives across the hall. Gloria is as irrepresible as Hope is uptight, and the two are a delightful blend of opposites.


Perhaps the sleeper character in this new comedy, though, is Enrico Colantoni, who plays Gloria's ex-husband, Louis. Louis is an unrepentant but somehow likeable male chauvinist.


The show's creators, Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, both "Cheers" veterans, also have been smart enough not to make Louis a one-note character. Gloria is the smarter of the two, and it's easy to see how their marriage broke down.


At the same time, Louis clearly is a good father to their young son, and he sometimes shows that he knows Gloria better than she's willing to admit. The sexual chemistry between them may be gone, but the sparks still fly.


Finally, kudos to Alan Thicke, who creates as smarmy a TV creature as we've seen on screen since Ted Knight's Ted Baxter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." As Dupree, he's pompous and utterly incapable of embarrassment, even when it's well-earned, but he's nevertheless sincere in a strange way.



An Article from USA TODAY
Published in April 1995


With 'Hope,' Stevenson finds glory


By Jefferson Graham
USA TODAY


What a diiference a network makes.


Cynthia Stevenson received good notices for her portrayal of Bob Newhart's daughter on CBS's short-lived Bob sitcom two seasons ago. The only problem was that few viewers saw her porformance. CBS scheduled the show in a weak time slot and regularly bounced it on and off the air.


This spring, Stevenson is working again with Bob's producers, Cheri and Bill steinkellner, but this time on NBC in Hope & Gloria. And the network is strongly behind the show.


Its part of the " Must See TV " Thursday lineup which also includes Mad About You, Seinfeld, Friends and ER. The block receives lots of promotion, and the ratings have been great.


Hope recently tied ER as the No. 2 show one week, and overall it's the highest rated new series of the spring tryout season.


" It still hasn't hit me at all," Stevenson says. " I've been working so hard I haven't had time to catch my breath."


Hope & Gloria is about the friendship of two women in Pittsburgh: Hope ( Stevenson) is a producer for the local Dennis Dupree talk show, and Gloria ( Jessica Lundy) is a hairdresser. Making frequent appearances are Louis, Gloria's ex-husband ( Enrico Colantoni) and Dupree ( Alan Thicke).


Hope & Gloria has done so well that NBC asked the producers to come up with a cliffhanger for the May ratings sweep, a promotional stunt that usually brings in even higher ratings.


Thursday, Gloria and Louis are about to get remarried live on Dupree's show. Hope gets trapped in a closet moments before the wedding. Will she get out in time? Will the wedding even take place?


Since Bob ended, Stevenson has worked on three films, all of which will premiere this year. Opening May 19 is the romantic comedy Forget Paris with Billy Crystal and Debra Winger. She plays the fiance of Joe Mantegna, a friend of Crystal's character.


Stevenson also co-stars with Dana Delany and Olivia D'Abo in Live Nude Girls, about women throwing a bachlorette party and the conversations they have behind closed doors.


At Thanksgiving, Home for the Holidays will be out. Directed by Jodie Foster, the film co-stars Stevenson, Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, Steve Guttenberg and Charles Durning.


The movie was offered to her at the same time as Hope & Gloria. She was leaning toward chosing the film work (" How could I say no to working with Jodie Foster and that cast?"), so the Steinkellners worked out a schedule that allowed her to do both projects at the same time.


She filmed two weeks of Hope & Gloria in Burbank, Calif., then two weeks of the film in Baltimore, and back and forth.


" I always play really nice characters," she says. " But in Home for the Holidays I play a bitter, unhappy woman who's a real bitch. It was a blast."


Not that she has anything against being nice. " Some actors like to play big and brassy characters, and I usually go for the opposite. Hope is optimistic. I'm not as naive or consistently sweet as she is , but we both have that thread of goodness."


Stevenson is proud that she has been able to pull off both films and TV. But during her Hope & Gloria summer break, she's taking a hiatus: She and her husband are relaxing for a month in the Italian countryside.



An Article from the LA Times


WITH AN EYE ON . . . : Taylor Negron keeps 'Hope & Gloria' fans watching for his next wry delivery
November 26, 1995|N.F. MENDOZA | TIMES STAFF WRITER


Taylor Negron wasn't looking for a network TV series but one came looking for him.


"I have a nice little movie career and I write plays and do my act. I never wanted to jump into that, but they kind of wooed me," he says of Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, the creators and former executive producers of NBC's "Hope & Gloria." They brought Negron onto the Sunday night sitcom this season.


Whatever reservations Negron had, the Steinkellners "assured me with their eyes--it's all you have in this world--that it was going to be OK," the actor says with his patented mock-dramatic flair. "With someone as individual as me, you have to create a part."


Which is exactly what the Steinkellners did. As Cheri Steinkellner puts it, "He's so hugely unique and funny, they totally broke the mold when they made him."


"He's like no one on TV, unless he replicates himself--which I wouldn't be surprised if he could," adds Steinkellner, who met Negron in 1978 when the two were partners in the Comedy Store Players. (The Steinkellners have been recently replaced by former co-producers Mimi Friedman and Jeanette Collins. A network representative said the departure was "a natural progression" for the show's creators.)


After about 25 movies, as well as "guest spots on every TV show you've ever seen," Negron seems to have settled into "Hope & Gloria" with ease, playing the delightfully arrogant TV station manager Gwillem Blatt. His character lords it over Cynthia Stevenson's Hope, producer of the Pittsburgh station's local talk show, "The Dennis Dupree Show." Alan Thicke plays Dennis.


Negron calls Gwillem "anally narcissistic, to the point of madness, where he's obsessed with what people think of him. He wants to make contributions to consciousness, but his tail gets in the way."


With a strong background in improvisation, Negron is allowed much input. Says Friedman: "You don't know what's going to escape from his mouth! Even when we anticipate lines will sound a certain way, he always delivers in a way that always surprises. With Taylor, there's a sense of complete excitement that comes with not knowing what he's going to do."


Negron loves how Gwillem's "on the cutting edge of all that's popular," which also describes Negron's stand-up comic persona.


The Pasadena native is from a rather normal rock 'n' roll family, he says. (His first cousin, Chuck, is the lead singer for Three Dog Night.)


A shy child, Negron slowly grew to find his comic voice. But first, he delved into art--painting is still a love. Negron left art school at 19 and returned to L.A., where "to make money I did portraits . The truth is so bizarre! I'm kind of embarrassed. I was like a 19th-Century pirate painter.


"I'd say, 'Your mom would love a painting of you!' A salesman! I'd hawk paintings."


He found success hawking portraits to other extras, beginning on the set of 1976's "Lifeguard." He jokes that he can be seen in 1980's "Main Event" when Barbra Streisand "throws up a towel and starts that song."


Small speaking roles followed, including a particularly memorable turn as the pizza delivery guy in 1982's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." On stage, Negron developed his "alternative everyman" comic persona. He loves when people "have no control of their face. Then, it's 'I know what you're thinking! And I own you now!' "


What Negron doesn't own much of is time. He works five days a week on the series and spends Saturday and Sunday evenings honing his comedy in local clubs.


Negron dubs himself "priest king" for his duties as E! Entertainment's spokesperson.


He also penned and starred in the acclaimed play "Gangster Planet," inspired after the Los Angeles riots. He hopes to explore writing more and put his work to CD-Rom.


Negron divides his time between his L.A. beach home and a 700-year-old house in the countryside of France, where his neighbor is pal Richard Belzer.


As for future roles, "I love the idea of metamorphosing and changing, the legalized insanity of acting."


"Hope & Gloria" airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Currently, Negron appears in "Character Assassinations" at Santa Monica's Highways on Saturday nights and at Luna Park's UnCabaret in West Hollywood on Sunday nights.





An Article from the Washington Post



IN THE THICKE OF IT WITH HOPE & GLORIA'
By Harriet Winslow March 17, 1996


Alan Thicke answered the call for "Hope & Gloria" when his next-door neighbors, Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, knocked on his front door. The Steinkellners had just received approval to produce -- in 48 hours -- a pilot about girlfriends who work for a smarmy talk-show host. Only thing was, they hadn't come up with the host. So Thicke said yes, illustrating the flexibility of the actor best-known as Jason Seaver, the dad on ABC's "Growing Pains," one of the most successful family shows of the last decade. Now, at 49, Thicke is getting laughs with one of the funniest sitcom roles this season -- spoofing himself. As Dennis Dupree, Thicke is playing to his past, a hyperbole of his late-night debacle, "Thicke of the Night," which was canceled in 1984 after being crushed by critics. Taking the role on "Hope" proved to be a smart move, even though the fate of the show is uncertain. Critics have raved over Thicke's satiric TV host. "The notion that I'm now parodying my middle-of-the-roadness seems to be so hip to them. So, I like that. I'm very much enjoying my critical acceptance. I've never had that," he said. "I've had a good life. I don't have any complaints. Even in the down periods, I've managed to stay busy because of the variety." If one area -- his nightclub act, sitcoms, producing, writing or songwriting -- is down for a year, another goes up, he said. "The variety is part of my survival technique." The cast of "Hope & Gloria" is led by Cynthia Stevenson and Jessica Lundy, with Taylor Negron, Enrico Colantoni and Thicke supporting. As Dennis Dupree -- "the host who cares the most" -- Thicke plays the polar opposite of Jason Seaver. "The guy is so self-absorbed that he will perform at the drop of a hat. So I try to perform a horrible comedy well," he said. "Some of the fun of Dennis Dupree is that his performances are okay, he sings okay, he moves okay, but the concept is dead" -- like when Dupree rewrote the National Anthem. "It allows me to poke a little fun at myself. It's all tongue-in-cheek, of course." With this role, he said, there are no rules, no sensibilities to honor. "That's very liberating. Not having to be sweet, likable or smart -- or even decent." He once asked a woman in a coma for a date. Ironically, the "Dennis types" are characters whom people tend to like most, Thicke has found. Off-screen, Thicke's priorities include his family, including his wife, former Miss World Gina Tolleson, 22 years his junior. He also has two sons from his first marriage, Brennan, 21, and Robin, 18, whom he takes home to Kirkland Lake, Ontario, when he can. "My grandmother's still up there. She's way up in the bush. I'm a dutiful grandson; I do it every few months. She's very dear to me, and I usually drag some family up there." Thicke composed the title tune for "The Dennis Dupree Show," "Hope's" show-within-a-show. He has also written or co-written 45 themes for real shows, including "Diff'rent Strokes," "The Facts of Life" and the original "Wheel of Fortune." Thicke has paid his television dues. He wrote for the '70s comedy series "Fernwood 2-Night" and "America 2Night." And "Growing Pains" lasted seven seasons, ending in 1992. He's known good and bad times in prime time. And now he's enjoying the former with this lively role on "Hope," although the show is foundering. In its third time slot this season at 9 on Saturday, the show seems to be put on the back burner. "It makes me nervous because it's like Russian roulette -- one of these days the chamber will be loaded. I wish they'd {NBC} leave us alone, but it's their prerogative. We were doing great." Thicke's shows have been moved before. "It's no different than any other show that's complained. . . . We have to hope that we're good enough to survive it," he said. " Growing Pains' was on three different nights. So it doesn't scare me." Meanwhile, Thicke's supporting status on "Hope & Gloria" allows him time for other projects. "I spend a lot of time in my dressing room or on the phone . . . so my brain doesn't shrivel up." He is producing an upcoming NBC movie and an animated pilot for United Paramount Network. He's writing a dramatic series pilot for the Canadian company that makes "Due South." And he still spends weekends on his nightclub act. "I'm trying something new even this year in the hiatus. I'm going to go out and do a Broadway musical. Either The Best Little Whorehouse' or The Music Man' or They're Playing Our Song.' I'm getting calls from people who say, I didn't know you sang.' But the truth is I started out in rock-and-roll bands years ago." It's the mileage from Dennis, he said, who will sing on "Hope & Gloria." But these other commitments are not to imply that Thicke isn't having fun right now -- he is. He said his other career philosophy, besides emphasizing variety, is "don't bet against me." With so much on his plate, you shouldn't. Especially since Thicke may have found his niche, which could only lead to . . . Leslie Nielsen? "I've enjoyed Leslie Nielsen's career in past years. I like that he can play straight and be so foolish beneath it all. And there is certainly some of that in Dennis Dupree and there is certainly some of that in me. I like the suave buffoon." CAPTION: Stylist Gloria (Jessica Lundy) admires Dennis Dupree's (Alan Thicke) genie look. CAPTION: From left, Alan Thicke finds his reflection in Dennis Dupree, with Jessica Lundy, Enrico Colantoni and Cynthia Stevenson.


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To watch clips of Hope & Gloria go to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hope+and+gloria+tv+show


For more on Hope & Gloria go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope_and_Gloria


For an episode guide go to http://web.archive.org/web/20050224085405/www.geocities.com/Hollywood/9821/1hope-gl.txt


For Tim's TV Showcase go to https://timstelevisionshowcase.neocities.org/hope&gloria.html


To see how Hope & Gloria crossed over with Friends go to http://www.poobala.com/friendsandhag.html


For a Website dedicated to Enrico Colantoni go to http://www.eviltwinltd.com/colantoni/enrico.html


Do you remember all the other NBC Thursday Comedies? Go here to refresh your memory... http://www.vulture.com/2013/03/remember-all-of-the-other-nbc-thursday-comedies.html


To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onDToaTAM0M
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