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Nikki is an American sitcom that aired on The WB from October 9, 2000, to January 27, 2002. Nikki was a starring vehicle for Nikki Cox, who had previously starred in another WB sitcom, Unhappily Ever After, which ran for five seasons. Looking to capitalize on Cox's popularity, Bruce Helford created a sitcom that featured her as the title character.[1]

Nikki
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Genre Sitcom
Created by Bruce Helford
Starring Nikki Cox
Nick von Esmarch
Susan Egan
Toby Huss
Brad William Henke
Christine Estabrook
Composer(s) Ed Alton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 41 (6 unaired) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Curtis
Bruce Helford
Bob Myer
Deborah Oppenheimer
Producer(s) Heather MacGillvray
Linda Mathious
Cinematography Wayne Kennan
Editor(s) Larry Harris
Pam Marshall
Tucker Wiard
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Mohawk Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Release
Original network The WB
Original release October 9, 2000 (2000-10-09) – January 27, 2002 (2002-01-27)

Contents

PlotEdit

Cox portrays Nikki White, a Las Vegas showgirl living in Las Vegas with her husband Dwight White (Nick von Esmarch), a professional wrester. The couple was portrayed as working class, attempting to follow their passions while finding fame and fortune in Las Vegas.

One of the show's central themes was of Dwight's mother constantly being angry with Nikki for "luring" her son into a marriage and away from a safe, secure job with a future. She believed her son was destined for better things, and settled for a career as a wrestler instead of pursuing a career as a tax attorney.

A total of 41 episodes were ordered, produced, and filmed, but due to low ratings, Nikki was cancelled in January 2002. Only 35 episodes were aired; the last, "She Was a Job-Jumper", aired on January 27, 2002.

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122October 9, 2000 (2000-10-09)May 20, 2001 (2001-05-20)
219October 14, 2001 (2001-10-14)January 27, 2002 (2002-01-27)

Season 1 (2000–2001)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [2]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date 
11"Fierce"Gerry CohenBruce HelfordOctober 8, 2000 (2000-10-08)
22"Humiliated"Gerry CohenScott BuckOctober 15, 2000 (2000-10-15)
33"Topless"Gerry CohenLaura Perkins BrittainOctober 22, 2000 (2000-10-22)
44"No Sex, No Mary, No Title"Gerry CohenJill SolowayOctober 29, 2000 (2000-10-29)
55"Won't You Beat My Neighbor?"Shelley JensenBill DiamondNovember 5, 2000 (2000-11-05)
66"The Next Step"Steve ZuckermanRich Amend & Stephen MarlinNovember 12, 2000 (2000-11-12)
77"The Ex Factor"Gerry CohenRich Amend & Stephen MarlinNovember 19, 2000 (2000-11-19)
88"Stealing Nikki"Shelley JensenRachel PowellNovember 26, 2000 (2000-11-26)
99"The Crybaby Who Stole Christmas"Shelley JensenBen Wexler & Laura Perkins BrittainDecember 17, 2000 (2000-12-17)
1010"Bottoms Up"Gerry CohenAmanda LesterJanuary 7, 2001 (2001-01-07)
1111"The Jupiter and Mary Chain"Steve ZuckermanBen WexlerJanuary 14, 2001 (2001-01-14)
1212"Let it Ride"Shelley JensenScott Buck & Jill SolowayJanuary 21, 2001 (2001-01-21)
1313"Dream Weaver"Gerry CohenMaria EspadaFebruary 4, 2001 (2001-02-04)
1414"Fallback"Shelley JensenBen WexlerFebruary 11, 2001 (2001-02-11)
1515"Cheerleader of Doom"Shelley JensenTom MartinFebruary 18, 2001 (2001-02-18)
1616"I'll Kick Your Ass"Joe RegalbutoKirk J. Rudell & Rachel PowellFebruary 25, 2001 (2001-02-25)
1717"One Wedding and a Funeral"Steve ZuckermanRich Amend & Stephen MarlinApril 1, 2001 (2001-04-01)
1818"Dwight and Nikki and Ken and Alice"Steve ZuckermanBen WexlerApril 8, 2001 (2001-04-08)
1919"Schisler's List"John FullerKirk J. RudellApril 29, 2001 (2001-04-29)
2020"And the Winner Is..."Shelley JensenRick NyholmMay 6, 2001 (2001-05-06)
2121"Love at First Dwight"Steve ZuckermanTom MartinMay 13, 2001 (2001-05-13)
2222"Family Lies"Steve ZuckermanKirk J. RudellMay 20, 2001 (2001-05-20)

Season 2 (2001–2002)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected by [3]Written byOriginal air date Prod.
code [3]
231"Technical Knockup"Gerry CohenBen WexlerOctober 14, 2001 (2001-10-14)227153
242"Vaya Con Nikki"Shelley JensenKirk J. RudellOctober 21, 2001 (2001-10-21)227156(?)
253"A Rock and a Hard Place"Shelley JensenRick NyholmOctober 28, 2001 (2001-10-28)227152
264"Superhero Blues"Shelley JensenAlicia Sky VarinaitisNovember 4, 2001 (2001-11-04)227157
275"My Best Friend's Day Care"Gerry CohenGigi McCreeryNovember 11, 2001 (2001-11-11)227158
286"Home Sweet Homeless"Gerry CohenTBANovember 18, 2001 (2001-11-18)227159
297"Take This Job and Love It"Shelley JensenTBANovember 25, 2001 (2001-11-25)227161
308"Gimme Shelter"Bob KoherrAmanda LasherDecember 9, 2001 (2001-12-09)227160
319"Milli Vanikki"Gerry CohenTBADecember 16, 2001 (2001-12-16)227154
3210"Through Thick and Thin"Shelley JensenTBAJanuary 6, 2002 (2002-01-06)227162
3311"To Your Grave"Shelley JensenTBAJanuary 13, 2002 (2002-01-13)227163
3412"Nikki Can't Wait for Dwight's Birthday"Amanda BearseTBAJanuary 20, 2002 (2002-01-20)227164
3513"She Was a Job-Jumper"Shelley JensenTBAJanuary 27, 2002 (2002-01-27)227165
3614"Working Girl"Shelley JensenTBAUnaired227151
3715"Welcome to the Rest of Your Life"Shelley JensenTBAUnaired227155
3816"Portrait of the Wrestler as a Young Man"Shelley JensenTBAUnaired227166
3917"Uneasy Rider"John FullerTBAUnaired227167
4018"My Two Left Feet"
"Gotta Dance"
Gerry CohenTBAUnaired227168
4119"GED Off My Back"Gerry CohenTBAUnaired227169

ProductionEdit

In 1999, The WB committed to 13 episodes of a new series helmed by former The Drew Carey Show co-creator Bruce Helford, and headlined by former Norm co-star Nikki Cox.[4] Nikki was formally put on The WB's fall 2000 schedule in May 2000.[5] The WB added 9 more episodes to the premiere season, bringing the total number of episodes to 22, in October 2000.[6]

In May 2001, Nikki was renewed for a second season.[7][8] The WB ordered that production on the series be halted in January 2002, after 19 second-season episodes had been produced, three less than the 22 episodes that had been ordered.[9]

SyndicationEdit

The show currently airs in the Netherlands on Comedy Central Family, MTV3 Sarja in Finland, and Kanal 9 in Sweden.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ramin Zahed (October 6, 2000). "Review: 'Nikki'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  2. ^ From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Nikki : episode"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  3. ^ a b From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Nikki : no."]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  4. ^ Josef Adalian (July 21, 1999). "Frog web, WBTV synch on synergy". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-11. Kellner and WB Entertainment prexy Susanne Daniels backed up the positive words with definitive action, formalizing a 13-episode commitment to a fall 2000 laffer to be created and exec produced by Bruce Helford (“The Drew Carey Show”) with Nikki Cox (“Unhappily Ever After”) as star. 
  5. ^ Michael Schneider; Josef Adalian (May 16, 2000). "'Felicity' survives as WB plays it safe". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  6. ^ Josef Adalian (October 31, 2000). "'Nikki' scores 9 more at WB table". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  7. ^ Brian Lowry (May 14, 2001). "Networks Fine-Tuning Fall Lineups". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-08-11. The WB... Two new sitcoms--"Men, Women and Dogs," with comic Bill Bellamy, and "Off Center," a buddy comedy from the producers of the movie "American Pie"--will join "The Steve Harvey Show" and "Nikki" on Sunday nights. 
  8. ^ John Consoli (May 14, 2001). "The WB Playing For Laughter". Adweek. Retrieved 2016-08-11. ...the returning second-year show Nikki... 
  9. ^ Josef Adalian (January 22, 2002). "WB nixes 'Nikki' in its 2nd season". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-11. Nineteen segs will be produced, down from the 22 the Frog had ordered from Warner Bros. Television... A total of 41 episodes will have been produced when the show wraps. 

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