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Arli$$ aired from August 1996 until September 2002 on HBO.


Arliss Michaels ( Robert Wuhl) claimed to be the "working man's friend." He was the super athlete's super-agent, wheeling and dealing in the higher echelons of the sports world--an arena filled with glamour, hypocrisy and money. Arliss Michaels, sports agent extraordinaire, was not above misbehaving as outrageously as his superstar clients in an effort to get what he wanted when he wanted it.


Rita ( Sandra Oh) was Arliss' no-nonsense Girl Friday, seven days a week. As Arliss once said, "If there were a Franklin Day Planner event in the Olympics, Rita would take the gold." Rita's the one you want in your boat, ready to pass out life preservers and give directions. With enormous appeal and sass, she was often the moral voice in the AMM chorus, although she did have a certain weakness for Latin golf clients.


Kirby ( Jim Turner) was an ex-football star turned agent as well as Arliss' old college buddy and first client. Endearingly ineffective, partially productive and effectively destructive, Kirby had a fondness for gambling, women and other distractions. The junior partner at Arliss Michaels Management (AMM), Kirby often orchestrated a night on the town for restless, action-seeking clients.


On the surface, Stanley ( Michael Boatman)appeared to be Arliss' buttoned-up, straight-laced, conservative chief financial officer. Beneath his perfect three-piece suit lurked a buttoned-up, straight-laced, conservative chief financial officer. Stanley worked magic with AMM clients' financial portfolios, with only an occasional investment blunder in a bum racehorse or pyramid scheme.


Every episode featured a famous sports personality as a guest star, among them were Ray Lewis, Deion Sanders, Steve Mariucci, Curt Schilling, Roger Clemons, Tonya Harding, Bob Costas, Charles Barkley, Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Moss, Marcus Allen, Jerry Jones, Warren Moon, Barry Bonds, Bruce Smith and Hank Aaron.


Robert Wuhl , in addition to starring as Arliss, was also a writer and an executive producer for this series.



A Review from Variety


Arli$$
By RAY RICHMOND


Cast: Robert Wuhl, Jim Turner, Sandra Oh, Leonard Armato, Judy Gold, William Frankfather, Gerald Del Sol, Bob Starr, Michael Boatman, Mailon Rivera, Jim Yorke, Nick Corri.


New 11-week HBO comedy series conceived, written and co-executive produced by actor-comedian Robert Wuhl, who also stars, aspires to be the "Larry Sanders" of the sports agentry racket and mostly succeeds with cynically outlandish gusto, blurring the reality lines while rendering a fresh new antihero for the '90s in superagent Arliss Michaels.


Filmed in Los Angeles by Tollin Robbins Prods. Executive producers, Robert Wuhl, Michael Tollin, Brian Robbins; co-executive producer, Roger Director; producer, Timothy Marx; director, Andrew Wolk; writer, Wuhl; Tone is set early on for the show's Sanders-esque sense of reality confusion, with Wuhl, as the at-once unctuous, generous and transparently dollar-driven Arliss, being honored at a dinner of the Give-a-Damn! Foundation as its "Man of Our Times" (a title for which Arliss had to pony up $ 150,000). On the dais with Arliss are Jim Palmer, Bob Costas and Ann Meyers-Drysdale.


With Wuhl/Arliss narrating stories lifted from his fictitious autobiography, "Arliss: The Art of the Sports Superagent," the opening half-hour, "Man of Our Times," is a bit uneven at points but moves with a brisk comic timing in the last third, once Wuhl relaxes.


Arliss is both a remorseless shark in the boardroom and a hapless wet nurse for his immature clients, who include a defensive back with a propensity toward expensive sports cars and paternity suits and a male figure-skating star who wants to marry his new gay lover at center ice on opening night of a forthcoming tour.


Show has an irresistible farcical tenor that's enhanced by the presence of so many sports icons playing themselves. Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones parodies himself masterfully, eating a bowl of puffed rice at breakfast and assuring Arliss that it's perfectly permissible to kick a man when he's down. "How do you think I bought this team?" Jones asks.


And after figure-skating star Elizabeth Manley expresses concern to Arliss that perhaps she is looking a tad chunky these days, she exits a workout with, "Anyway, I gotta go throw up."


"Arli$$" really hits its stride, however, in episode two, "Negotiating: It's Never Personal," when Arliss -- so dejected by a turn for the worse in his fortunes that he has taken to swilling Pepto Bismol on the rocks -- is saved from chronic acid indigestion when a potential dream client descends from the heavens.


In order to cozy up to him, Arliss strikes a deal with the pastor of the church attended by the unrepresented basketball star and his naive mother. It takes him away from such bum clients as the pitcher who won just one game last season but is demanding a raise from $ 1 million to $ 2 million. When he has to sign for $ 750,000, the hurler's snap reaction isn't pretty.


Jim Turner co-stars in "Arli$$" as Kirby Carlisle, the firm's second-in-command and a former pro quarterback with a serious gambling addiction who is no doubt patterned on onetime Ohio State standout Art Shlichter. Sandra Oh is marvelous as Rita Woo, the brassy but plugged-in assistant.


With pro sports salaries skyrocketing into the $ 100 million-plus stratosphere, could a comedy centering on a big-time sports agentry possibly be timed any better?



A Review from The New York Times


Of Athletes and Agents (Oh, and Money, Too)


By CARYN JAMES
Published: August 10, 1996


It can be hard to get all those treacly Olympics human-interest stories out of your system. ''Arliss,'' a funny and caustic new series about a sports agent, is the perfect antidote. This is a show in which the hero rejects what he considers a low-ball salary for one of his players with the indignant remark: ''$750,000? Oh, come on, the guy's gotta eat!''


''Arliss'' comes with a gimmick; sports personalities (athletes, owners and broadcasters) pop up in cameo roles. But the gimmick is a minor attraction. Though the show happens to be about sports, it works even better as a shrewd sendup of the culture of money, hype and celebrity. Arliss Michaels is at least distantly related to Mike Ovitz, Donald Trump and other deal makers who have become stars in their own right. He has even written an autobiography, ''Arliss: The Art of the Sports Superagent.'' (It's not likely he thanked the author of ''Trump: The Art of the Deal'' for inspiration.)


Though the series is cynical about the world of big-money sports, it is not mean-spirited. Robert Wuhl, who plays Arliss, is also the writer and an executive producer of the series. He has a savvy sense of how to keep the audience on his side. Arliss may be greedy, but the team owners are thoroughly venal. Arliss may be conniving, but the athletes are often such bubbleheads they need all the cheating help they can get. Most important, the series offers the misadventures of Arliss, who stumbles his way to success. After he is named Man of Our Times by a charitable group, at a banquet with Bob Costas as host, Arliss learns it will cost him $150,000 for the honor.


In the series' first episode (tonight at 10) Arliss's troubled clients include a male-female ice-skating duo. The relentlessly wholesome sponsors of the skaters' new tour imagine something lewd in their poster. But when Arliss goes to the rink to break this news, he finds an even bigger public relations problem. The male half of the team is skating and singing, ''I'm in love with a wonderful guy.'' He wants to marry his fiance, Roberto, on the ice during the show.


The sports figures aren't asked to do any heavy acting. Even Shaquille O'Neal, the most famous cameo and already the star of a movie, doesn't do much more than walk through Arliss's office. The supporting cast at the office is wonderfully mordant. Sandra Oh is Rita, an assistant who is obviously smarter than her boss. Michael Boatman is Stanley, a buttoned-down accountant who keeps a straight face when a womanizing football player stops by, needing money and desperate for a new endorsement deal. ''No one will touch you,'' he explains patiently. ''You broke a morals clause on your Ben and Jerry's contract.''


Mr. Wuhl recently wrote, directed and starred in a film, ''Open Season,'' that satirized television the way ''Arliss'' takes on sports. In his movie, a glitch in a television ratings system causes the top-rated show, about a crime-fighting, karate-kicking nun, to be toppled by a public television documentary about the history of Limoges china. Most of the film wasn't as sharp as that, but Mr. Wuhl has clearly studied television and has avoided its commonplace ideas. ''Arliss'' is one of the freshest shows to come along in a while.


After tonight, the series moves to Wednesdays for 10 more episodes. As Bob Costas says in his testimonial, Arliss ''epitomizes what sports is really all about today.'' Of course, he's joking. But if anyone wants to take that remark seriously, ''Arliss'' offers plenty of hilarious support.


ARLISS
HBO, tonight at 10.


Robert Wuhl, Michael Tollin and Brian Robbins, executive producers; Roger Director, co-executive producer; Timothy Marx, producer; directed by Andy Wolk. A production of Tollin/ Robbins.


WITH: Robert Wuhl (Arliss Michaels), Jim Turner (Kirby Carlisle) and Sandra Oh (Rita Woo).



An Article from The New York Times


Perfect Role Model For Sports in 90's

By ROBERT LIPSYTE
Published: September 1, 1996


The player to watch this season is Arliss Michaels, the charming, sleazy superagent who calls his clients ''our last warriors'' and declares, ''My job is to make their dreams come true.'' His clients include ''a role model'' who was sacked attempting a quarterback sneak with a transvestite, and a young basketball player who suffered a heart attack right after signing a guaranteed multimillion-dollar contract.


Arliss made money on both of them.


If Arliss really existed, I would threaten him with exposure unless he took me on as a client. Who wouldn't want an agent who was really working for the client rather than the good of the industry? Alas, Arliss is the fictional hero of his own HBO sitcom, ''Arliss,'' which smartly, often seamlessly, slips back and forth between parody and documentary. It is gentler, although funnier, than the SportsWorld it pinches and pokes.


For a sports fan, however, the throwaways -- the sly asides and visual gags -- are far more pointed than the cartoonish plots and often provide the best commentary in the business.


Here is an Arliss associate, for example, hiding a hooker from the news media at a tony spa, when who does he run into but Warren Moon and his wife, celebrating an anniversary. Are the Moons (playing themselves in one of many celebrity cameos) happy and in orbit again? Did they know they were appearing on an episode in which a quarterback's wife forgives her husband's transgression in exchange for 50 percent of his next contract? Did they care? Had the Moons, in the news and on the police blotter in a domestic abuse case, read the script for the episode? Was this their way of putting the past behind them, of sticking out their tongues?


There was the moment when Arliss, brilliantly underplayed by Robert Wuhl, becomes concerned about the morals clause in a client's contract with a sponsor. He ticks off all the deals that might be lost if a sex act was reported. Milk and meat and cereal endorsements would vanish. Nike? Wuhl's face scrunches. Well, maybe they wouldn't lose Nike. How could they lose Nike? Just do it. Business as war. Child labor in undeveloped countries.


And then there was the segment in which the real Bob Costas is host to a dinner in which Arliss is made man of the year. When the superagent learns how much he has to pay for the honor, he tries to recoup some of that money by leading a client into betting against his team in a football game.


Arliss and the client lose.


Meanwhile, we are thinking about Costas, among the few broadcasters to come out of the Atlanta Olympics with dignity, both as a showman and a journalist. He was in context and on target in brief remarks about China's potential as a market and its reputation for human rights abuses. But NBC apologized to China for Costas's commentary, perhaps at the behest of its parent company, General Electric, one of China's largest foreign investors.


The time was perfect for the talented and experienced producing and writing roster of this show -- which includes Wuhl (who played the sportswriter in ''Cobb'' and the coach in ''Bull Durham''), Michael Tollin, Roger Director and David Picker -- to create a sports anti-hero role model.


Arliss looks and sounds like many of those avid fans with law and/or business degrees who have been infiltrating sports for the past 30 years and using the hardball, hang-tough, win-at-any-cost field lessons to create a new balance of power between capital and labor. Arliss, for all his opportunism and unctuousness, is something of an idealized character; he really seems to care about his flawed heroes, and his efforts seem directed as much to their needs as to his own ego and power, which is not a given among contemporary agents.


There can be no end of material, not with Tiger Woods turning pro (no ''Tin Cup'' he), Dennis Rodman doing Victoria's Secret commercials without even a bridal veil, and Wayne Gretzky coming to New York to say goodbye. I hope Arliss has a piece of the century's best client, Mickey Mantle, enshrined since last Sunday in the Yankee necropolis beyond center field and now unable to embarrass or be embarrassed. Meanwhile, we can ''honor the legend forever'' by buying a $29.95 official enshrinement day game ball (''only 12,000 dozen were produced,'' the ad says).


The Arlisses, not their clients, are ''our last warriors.'' Sports fans who aren't ready for that can turn to the intelligent, often exhilarating nostalgia of the Classic Sports Network. Just before last week's episode of Arliss, Dr. J. was endlessly dunking to Beethoven's Ninth.


An Article from The New York Times


His Agent of Good Fortune

By RICHARD SANDOMIR
Published: September 5, 1996


ROBERT WUHL's amiable, rubbery face, one that is molded for spasms of laughter, broke into an astonished grin. Yankee Stadium fans were calling him by name. Well, not his name exactly. His character's. The morals-impaired, cover-his-clients'-backs-at-all-costs sports superagent he plays on ''Arliss,'' the hit new HBO series that skewers the money- and Nike-obsessed sports world.


Mr. Wuhl waved. He walked slowly to soak in the attention.


''Hey, Arliss!'' an admirer screamed outside the stadium.


''Ain't you that Arliss guy from HBO?'' asked a third, beseeching him for an autograph.


''Arliss, I loved you in 'The Scout,' '' said another fan, thinking that Mr. Wuhl, or maybe his fictional agent, had starred in that film, not Albert Brooks.


This was remarkable, the actor thought to himself. It was Mickey Mantle Day, when the Yankees were to unveil a granite monument to the late center fielder before more than 50,000 fans, and fans clamored for him. Well, with all the Yankees and Oakland Athletics inside the ballpark, the fans outside had no one else for their adoration.


''This is great,'' said Mr. Wuhl, now inside Yankee Stadium and caring little about the mistaken identity. ''We've only been on three times,'' he said about his first successful sitcom.


By that time, ''Arliss'' had already become a too-real treatise in Ethics 101: to win a $500,000 bet, Arliss Michaels encouraged a football client to let the rival team score by falling to the turf at a key moment, a criminal offense; to assuage the nervous sponsors of a figure-skating show, he changed the show's name from Horatio Alger Jr.'s ''Ragged Dick'' and bribed the gay lover of the show's star to break off their marriage plans; to gain negotiating access to a high school basketball star turning pro, Arliss greased a minister with a new church organ.


When a Christian quarterback wants to tell the media of his tryst with a transvestite hooker, Arliss pleads that he'll lose his milk, fast-food, cereal and Nike contracts. ''Well, maybe not the Nike contract,'' he adds.


''Arliss,'' shown on Wednesday nights at 10 Eastern time, crosses effortlessly from fiction to reality, something like ''Larry Sanders,'' the HBO series about a dyspeptic talk show host played with neurotic panache by Garry Shandling. Arliss is a shallow, hard-working, delightful sleaze.


''Sleazy's not the right word,'' Mr. Wuhl said. ''He's an agent! It's all 'Rashomon.' These are his stories. I've just always felt he's full of it.''


Arliss can make a $37 million deal for one player, then witness another urinate on a team owner's desk. Arliss, the agent, mingles on the show with Bob Costas, Shaquille O'Neal, Jim Palmer, Warren Moon, Barry Bonds and Jerry Jones, all of whom play themselves and many of whom the sports-obsessed Mr. Wuhl knows. Al Michaels, the ABC sportscaster, played himself playing Arliss's inquisitive cousin.


''Arliss would bother other agents if he were a bad agent,'' Mr. Wuhl said. ''But ultimately, he's a very good one.'' And why would real-life agents recommend that their clients appear on a program that so eviscerates agentry. ''Their clients come off great,'' he said.


But Mr. Wuhl himself, in fact, has not had an agent of his own for a year. A former manager negotiates his deals, though Mr. Wuhl would like an agent. ''Theatrical agents all want to be something else,'' he said. ''They want to be a studio head. Sports agents are loyal. That's all they want to be. I want a theatrical agent who wants to be a theatrical agent!''


Inside the stadium, Mr. Wuhl walked through a basement corridor, into the Yankee dugout and onto the field before the Mantle ceremony. Fans tossed him baseballs to autograph. One man, claiming to be a high school classmate, excoriated Mr. Wuhl from 20 rows behind the dugout.


''Every 5 or 10 years you stiff us at the reunion!'' he shouted.


Mr. Wuhl smiled at the razzing. He prowled the field and dugout like a recruiter. He embraced two ''Arliss'' clients, Cecil Fielder and Wade Boggs of the Yankees. He lined up another player, the center fielder Bernie Williams, for the show.


A radio interviewer asked Mr. Wuhl to describe Mr. Michaels's character.


''Ethically challenged,'' he said.


Mr. Wuhl, 44, grew up in Union, N.J., graduated from the University of Houston, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Barbara. They met in 1978 when he was performing at the Improvisation in Manhattan and she was tending bar there. He credits her with advancing his sartorial taste from polyester to natural fabrics.


He started out as a stand-up comedian and writer, working with Rodney Dangerfield and Stiller and Meara, and wrote screenplays -- still unproduced -- for Paramount Pictures. ''Rodney saw a lot of pain in me, but I thought I was well adjusted,'' Mr. Wuhl said. ''Later I realized there was perhaps a lot of anger that I had to get out, which my wife had really helped me on.''


Before ''Arliss,'' he had never starred in a comedy series. He performed in HBO and Cinemax specials and helped write the Grammy Awards broadcasts in 1987 and 1988, and the Academy Awards telecasts in 1991 and 1992, which brought him two Emmys. His only situation comedy experience came as story editor of ''Police Squad,'' the six-episode farce that spawned ''The Naked Gun'' comedies. ''Ever have a job when you were fired before you could rip off the supply closet?'' he asked.


Mr. Wuhl can discourse on minute details of films made by his idols, the directors Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch and Preston Sturges. He recommends Mr. Lubitsch's ''To Be or Not to Be'' to anyone who will listen.


''A lot of the reason comedy doesn't work is when it's not set up properly,'' he said. ''Proper setups make Sturges and Wilder comedies work.'' He said they influenced his ''constructive anarchism'' credo in ''Arliss.'' ''The shows have a beginning, middle and end, with elements of a well-made play,'' he said. ''How they get there, well, something gets you to something else.''


Mr. Wuhl has been better known as a character actor in films, someone known more for his face than for his name. ''Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and that guy!'' is how Mr. Wuhl described a renown that comes from playing Newbomb Turk in ''Hollywood Knights''; a reporter in ''Batman''; a gibberish-spouting coach in ''Bull Durham,'' and the sportswriter Al Stump, who was the ghostwriter of Ty Cobb's autobiography, in the film ''Cobb,'' with Tommy Lee Jones playing the role of the megalomaniacal baseball player Ty Cobb.


In May, Mr. Wuhl starred in ''Open Season,'' a film which he wrote, directed and helped to finance, and which he worked for 14 years to make. The comedy, about a Nielsen ratings screw-up that makes a public broadcasting network the top-rated service, faded quickly. ''At least I got a good cable and video deal,'' he said.


''Arliss'' has quickly transformed Mr. Wuhl's fame equation. ''This is really his shot,'' said Michael Tollin, an executive producer of the series. ''This is a role and a guy perfectly suited for each other.''


''Arliss'' developed from an idea suggested Mr. Tollin to Mr. Wuhl five years ago. ''I wanted to satirize sports through the eyes of one person,'' Mr. Wuhl said. He sensed that the character should be a powerful sports agent at the center of 90's sports business, someone like the real agent David Falk, whose clients include Michael Jordan.


''It was never about an agent screwing his clients,'' he said. ''No agent has ever told me a story about screwing his clients. Arliss rationalizes, but he'd never screw his clients. His ethics are for his clients.''


The concept bounced around HBO for four years, a victim of the cable network's uncertainty about the idea. ''The hesitancy wasn't about a sports series, but the tone,'' said Chris Albrecht, the president of original programming for HBO. ''Michael Fuchs was always on the fence about it,'' he added, referring to the former HBO chairman. ''But I knew we had to replace 'Dream On' and 'Sanders.' Once Michael was gone, I said I was going ahead with it.''


The format is working. The average Nielsen rating for ''Arliss'' through its first four weeks was a 7.9 in its 23 million subscriber universe, better than Sanders's.'' The prospect for the renewal of ''Arliss'' beyond the current 13-episode commitment is ''excellent,'' Mr. Albrecht said.


Another season would probably clinch Mr. Wuhl's prospective book project. Mr. Wuhl has offers to write ''Arliss: The Art of the Sports Superagent.'' A phony cover of the book is shown each week to start each episode. ''I don't think I should make a deal until we're renewed,'' he said. ''But Arliss is listening to offers.''


He is also wheeling and dealing. Spotting Phil Rizzuto in the Yankee dugout, Mr. Wuhl cajoled the Yankee broadcaster to call the 500th home run of the childhood hero of Arliss, Rocky Fromaggio, for an upcoming episode. The ballplayer has hit hard times, so Arliss helps him sell his semen to home shoppers. ''The Scooter said yes,'' Mr. Wuhl said. ''Isn't this great?''


Joe DiMaggio sat nearby. He never shouted ''Arliss'' from the crowded dugout. But Bill (Moose) Skowron, the crew-cut, 65-year-old former Yankee, nudged Hank Bauer, a grizzled 74-year-old former teammate, when he recognized Mr. Wuhl walking beside them. ''Love your show,'' Mr. Skowron said. ''Keep doing it.''


Mr. Wuhl, stunned, said, ''I've got the Moose Skowron demographic.''


When the game started, he was in a field box behind home plate. He watched the Yankee groundskeepers shimmy to the song ''Y.M.C.A.'' during their fifth-inning infield smoothing ritual, and thinking plenty like an agent, he said:


''Maybe Arliss should represent these guys. Get them a nice shoe deal.''



An Article from The New York Times


Sports Is Catching Up To the Wicked 'Arliss'
By CARYN JAMES
Published: June 17, 1997


The world of Arliss Michaels, the self-proclaimed sports superagent, is so mercenary, double-dealing and generally unheroic that it makes ''Jerry Maguire'' seem like Sunday school. That is the secret of the series' charm. Now that sports has become big-time show business, and the myth of the All-American hero has given way to questions about drugs, gambling and multimillion-dollar contracts, the wicked satire of ''Arliss'' is just a few shades away from reality.


Robert Wuhl plays Arliss with a clever edge as the most likable guy in this unlikable world. That means Arliss will come through for a friend if he absolutely has to, though he'd rather cut a good deal. (Mr. Wuhl is also a creator of the series, starting its second season on HBO.)


Tonight's episode is not one of the best. One of Arliss's clients, a baseball player, is in a slump because he thinks his wife is being unfaithful. Arliss and his loyal assistant, Rita, trail the wife. Scene for scene and line for line, ''Arliss'' should often be more pointed. What works are its devilish attitude and throwaway touches. Notice that way Rita casually signs autographed pictures for famous clients. As Rita, Sandra Oh is as indispensable to the show as she is to her boss.


Next week's episode is funnier, as it parodies the idea that Tiger Woods has made golf the unlikely new glamour sport. Rita falls for a client, Carlos (Diego Serrano), a sexy golfer from Spain who looks and sounds more like Antonio Banderas than Jack Nicklaus. Turning on the macho charm, Carlos tries to convince her that he is the illegitimate son of Spain's greatest living matador.


''Bullfighting is the key to my golf -- the grace, the brutality, the blood,'' he tells Rita.


''I don't think there's any blood in golf,'' she says.


''Oh, there is blood,'' he replies in his best Latin-lover manner. ''You just don't see it.''


The series features cameos by real sports figures. They are always less important than the fictional characters, who can be as satirically bad as they want to be.



ARLISS
A Full-Service Agency
HBO, Saturdays at midnight; Tuesday nights at 11


Michael Tollin, Brian Robbins and Robert Wuhl, executive producers; Timothy Marx and Scott Kaufer, supervising producers; Kevin Falls, producer; this episode directed by Gene Corr and written by Kevin Falls. A production of HBO Pictures.


WITH: Robert Wuhl (Arliss Michaels), Jim Turner (Kirby Carlisle), Sandra Oh (Rita Woo), Michael Boatman (Stanley), Michael Andretti, Desmond Howard, Tim McCarver and Burce Smith.



An Article from The New York Times


PLUS: TELEVISION; HBO Cancels 'Arliss' After Seven Years

By RICHARD SANDOMIR
Published: October 22, 2002


After a seven-year run, ''Arliss,'' the comedy series about a sports agent, has been canceled by HBO, which is expected to announce the decision today.


''We went out on top, with our highest ratings,'' said Robert Wuhl, the star, creator and co-executive producer of the program. He said that the decision was based in part on economic issues at the network, which is owned by AOL Time Warner.


''It's sad,'' he said. ''It was the only successful show about sports ever.''


Women made up 54 percent of the audience of the show, which benefited from following ''Sex and the City.''


The cancellation comes on the heels of the demise of another long-running HBO program, ''Dennis Miller Live.''


Wuhl said that HBO was looking at a plan to syndicate ''Arliss,'' much as HBO's one-time hit series ''The Larry Sanders Show'' is now carried by Bravo. Throughout the production of the series, an alternate version, without nudity or foul language, was filmed. Richard Sandomir


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