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2000 Malibu Road is a prime time American soap opera that aired on CBS in the summer of 1992. The series stars Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Beals, Brian Bloom, Scott Bryce, Lisa Hartman, Tuesday Knight and Michael T. Weiss.[1]

2000 Malibu Road
GenreSoap opera
Created byTerry Louise Fisher
Written byKimberly Costello
Terry Louise Fisher
Directed byJoel Schumacher
StarringDrew Barrymore
Jennifer Beals
Brian Bloom
Scott Bryce
Lisa Hartman
Tuesday Knight
Michael T. Weiss
Theme music composerJohn Newton Howard
Composer(s)Marty Davich
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producer(s)Terry Louise Fisher
Joel Schumacher
Aaron Spelling
E. Duke Vincent
Producer(s)Darren Frankel
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Fisher Entertainment
Joel Schumacher Productions
Spelling Television
DistributorSpelling Television
CBS Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (current as of 2007)
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseAugust 23 (1992-08-23) –
September 9, 1992 (1992-09-09)

Contents

PlotEdit

The show deals with four women living together at a beach house located at 2000 Malibu Road: Jade (Lisa Hartman), a former prostitute trying to get out of the profession; Perry (Jennifer Beals), a young lawyer also escaping from her past (i.e. a slain fiancé police officer and a serious drinking problem); Lindsay (Drew Barrymore), a would-be actress trying to get the right break; and Joy (Tuesday Knight), Lindsay's overweight, overprotective, two-faced, manipulative sister, who also served as her agent. Jade owned the house. In order to leave her profession as a high priced prostitute, she took in roommates to help her pay for the house.

The series ended with several unresolved cliffhangers: Roger (Michael T. Weiss) was seen raping and beating Perry in a stairwell. Meanwhile, Porter's (Mitch Ryan) men shot Hal (Robert Foxworth) dead, and after arguing with Lindsay upon discovering she was sleeping with Eric (Brian Bloom), Joy was struck by lightning.[2] Lisa Hartman provided a closing narration to serve as a (perfunctory) tie-up for the characters, though possibly only on overseas broadcasts.[3]

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The series was executive produced by Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent, series creator Terry Louise Fisher, and Joel Schumacher, who also served as director.[4]

EpisodesEdit

Joel Schumaker directed at least the first five of the series' episodes.

List of 2000 Malibu Road episodes
No.TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code [5]
1"Episode 1"
"Pilot"
August 23, 1992 (1992-08-23)2709-001
2"Episode 2"August 23, 1992 (1992-08-23)2709-002
3"Episode 3"August 26, 1992 (1992-08-26)2709-003
4"Episode 4"September 2, 1992 (1992-09-02)2709-004
5"Episode 5"September 9, 1992 (1992-09-09)2709-005
6"Episode 6"September 9, 1992 (1992-09-09)2709-006

ReceptionEdit

The series premiere earned decent ratings, but ratings fell from there and it was canceled after six episodes. According to executive producer Aaron Spelling, producers could not come to terms on license fees.[4] However, Lisa Hartman had another version: as 2000 Malibu Road was facing Melrose Place in the same timeslot, Spelling was competing with himself and didn't want to weaken the ratings of Melrose Place.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2003). "2000 Malibu Road (Serial Drama)". The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (8th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 1246. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0.
  2. ^ To Be DIScontinued! - The Hall of Unresolved TV Cliffhangers: 1990-95
  3. ^ Usenet post on 2000 Malibu Road in alt.tv.melrose-place
  4. ^ a b Spelling, Aaron; Graham, Jefferson (2002). Aaron Spelling: A Prime-Time Life. Macmillan. p. 223. ISBN 0-312-31344-6.
  5. ^ From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Freshman Dorm"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  6. ^ "Sing no sad songs for Lisa Hartman Black". The Nevada Daily Mail. March 21, 1993.

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