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Listen Up! is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 20, 2004 until April 25, 2005. The sitcom was based loosely on the life and exploits of the popular sportswriter and sports-media personality Tony Kornheiser. Its principal executive producer was Jason Alexander, who was also the lead actor. Despite decent-to-good ratings, the show was canceled by CBS on May 18, 2005; "rising production costs" was the major reason officially given for the cancellation.

Listen Up!
Genre Sitcom
Created by Jeff Martin
Starring Jason Alexander
Wendy Makkena
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Will Rothhaar
Daniella Monet
Composer(s) Brian Kirk
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Regency Television
CBS Productions
Fox Television Studios
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 20, 2004 (2004-09-20) – April 25, 2005 (2005-04-25)
External links
Production
website
www.cbs.com/primetime/listen_up/

Contents

PremiseEdit

Tony Kleinman is a sports show host whose sidekick is Bernie Widmer, a former NFL player; together they host the TV show Listen Up! While Tony does talk about sports on the show and in his newspaper column, he strays away occasionally to talk about the daily exploits of his family: his wife, Dana, a fund-raiser coordinator; his son, Mickey, a 15-year-old golf prodigy, and Megan, his 14-year-old, know-it-all, smart-mouthed, soccer-playing daughter.

Cast membersEdit

Main charactersEdit

Actor Role
Jason Alexander Tony Kleinman
Wendy Makkena Dana Kleinman
Malcolm-Jamal Warner Bernie Widmer
Will Rothhaar Mickey Kleinman
Daniella Monet Megan Kleinman

ResponseEdit

Critical reaction was largely negative. USA Today's Robert Bianco wrote that the show makes the "mistake of trying to build a star vehicle around a second banana." [1] A New York Times review called it "a rickety vehicle for Jason Alexander." [2]

Critics disagreed on the supporting cast. USA Today: "When 'Listen Up' focuses on its supporting cast, the show works." The New York Times referred to a "stiff supporting cast." [3]

Matt Rouse of TV Guide wrote, "Forget about the 'Seinfeld' curse, this is just mediocre material and bad casting."[4]

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pilot" Andy Ackerman Jeff Martin September 20, 2004 (2004-09-20)
2 "Hammer Time" Andy Ackerman Linda Videtti Figueiredo September 27, 2004 (2004-09-27)
3 "Grandmaster of the Wolfhunt" Mark Cendrowski Kenya Barris October 4, 2004 (2004-10-04)
4 "Cool Jerk" Andrew D. Weyman David Litt October 11, 2004 (2004-10-11)
5 "Quest for Fire" John Whitesell Dan O'Keefe October 18, 2004 (2004-10-18)
6 "Mickey Swallows a Bee" Barnet Kellman Dan Kopelman October 25, 2004 (2004-10-25)
7 "The Gift of the Ton-i" Terry Hughes Dan Kopelman October 25, 2004 (2004-10-25)
8 "Sweet Charity" Andy Cadiff David Litt November 15, 2004 (2004-11-15)
9 "Thanksgiving" Bob Koherr Daphne Pollon November 22, 2004 (2004-11-22)
10 "Mickey Without a Cause" Andy Ackerman Dan O'Keefe November 29, 2004 (2004-11-29)
11 "Enemy at the Gates" Terry Hughes Daphne Pollon December 13, 2004 (2004-12-13)
12 "Tony the Tiger" Rob Schiller Dan Kopelman January 3, 2005 (2005-01-03)
13 "Sub Thy Neighbor" Bob Koherr Linda Videtti Figueiredo January 17, 2005 (2005-01-17)
14 "Weekend with Bernie" Bob Koherr Erika Kaestle & Patrick McCarthy & Jamie Rhonheimer January 31, 2005 (2005-01-31)
15 "Inky Dinky Don't" Bob Koherr Dan Kopelman February 7, 2005 (2005-02-07)
16 "Colon-Oopscopy" Lynn McCracken Jamie Rhonheimer February 14, 2005 (2005-02-14)
17 "Tony Whine-Man" Gerry Cohen Erika Kaestle & Patrick McCarthy February 21, 2005 (2005-02-21)
18 "Couch Potato" Leonard R. Garner Jr. Dan O'Keefe March 7, 2005 (2005-03-07)
19 "Waiting for Kleinman" Rob Schiller Kenya Barris March 21, 2005 (2005-03-21)
20 "Check Mates" Bob Koherr Linda Videtti Figueiredo April 11, 2005 (2005-04-11)
21 "Ebony and Irony" Bob Koherr Dan Kopelman & Jamie Rhonheimer April 18, 2005 (2005-04-18)
22 "Last Vegas" Bob Koherr Erika Kaestle & Patrick McCarthy April 25, 2005 (2005-04-25)

RatingsEdit

Premiere: 11.8 million

Last episode: 8.9 million[5]

External linksEdit

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