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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
Nikkiintro.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Bruce Helford
Directed by Gerry Cohen
John Fuller
Shelley Jensen
Steve Zuckerman
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 wrestler. 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

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

Notable guest starsEdit

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 22 October 9, 2000 (2000-10-09) May 20, 2001 (2001-05-20)
2 19 October 14, 2001 (2001-10-14) January 27, 2002 (2002-01-27)

Season 1 (2000–2001)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [2] Directed by Written by Original air date 
1 1 "Fierce" Gerry Cohen Bruce Helford October 8, 2000 (2000-10-08)
2 2 "Humiliated" Gerry Cohen Scott Buck October 15, 2000 (2000-10-15)
3 3 "Topless" Gerry Cohen Laura Perkins Brittain October 22, 2000 (2000-10-22)
4 4 "No Sex, No Mary, No Title" Gerry Cohen Jill Soloway October 29, 2000 (2000-10-29)
5 5 "Won't You Beat My Neighbor?" Shelley Jensen Bill Diamond November 5, 2000 (2000-11-05)
6 6 "The Next Step" Steve Zuckerman Rich Amend & Stephen Marlin November 12, 2000 (2000-11-12)
7 7 "The Ex Factor" Gerry Cohen Rich Amend & Stephen Marlin November 19, 2000 (2000-11-19)
8 8 "Stealing Nikki" Shelley Jensen Rachel Powell November 26, 2000 (2000-11-26)
9 9 "The Crybaby Who Stole Christmas" Shelley Jensen Ben Wexler & Laura Perkins Brittain December 17, 2000 (2000-12-17)
10 10 "Bottoms Up" Gerry Cohen Amanda Lester January 7, 2001 (2001-01-07)
11 11 "The Jupiter and Mary Chain" Steve Zuckerman Ben Wexler January 14, 2001 (2001-01-14)
12 12 "Let it Ride" Shelley Jensen Scott Buck & Jill Soloway January 21, 2001 (2001-01-21)
13 13 "Dream Weaver" Gerry Cohen Maria Espada February 4, 2001 (2001-02-04)
14 14 "Fallback" Shelley Jensen Ben Wexler February 11, 2001 (2001-02-11)
15 15 "Cheerleader of Doom" Shelley Jensen Tom Martin February 18, 2001 (2001-02-18)
16 16 "I'll Kick Your Ass" Joe Regalbuto Kirk J. Rudell & Rachel Powell February 25, 2001 (2001-02-25)
17 17 "One Wedding and a Funeral" Steve Zuckerman Rich Amend & Stephen Marlin April 1, 2001 (2001-04-01)
18 18 "Dwight and Nikki and Ken and Alice" Steve Zuckerman Ben Wexler April 8, 2001 (2001-04-08)
19 19 "Schisler's List" John Fuller Kirk J. Rudell April 29, 2001 (2001-04-29)
20 20 "And the Winner Is..." Shelley Jensen Rick Nyholm May 6, 2001 (2001-05-06)
21 21 "Love at First Dwight" Steve Zuckerman Tom Martin May 13, 2001 (2001-05-13)
22 22 "Family Lies" Steve Zuckerman Kirk J. Rudell May 20, 2001 (2001-05-20)

Season 2 (2001–2002)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by [3] Written by Original air date  Prod.
code [3]
23 1 "Technical Knockup" Gerry Cohen Ben Wexler October 14, 2001 (2001-10-14) 227153
24 2 "Vaya Con Nikki" Shelley Jensen Kirk J. Rudell October 21, 2001 (2001-10-21) 227156(?)
25 3 "A Rock and a Hard Place" Shelley Jensen Rick Nyholm October 28, 2001 (2001-10-28) 227152
26 4 "Superhero Blues" Shelley Jensen Alicia Sky Varinaitis November 4, 2001 (2001-11-04) 227157
27 5 "My Best Friend's Day Care" Gerry Cohen Gigi McCreery November 11, 2001 (2001-11-11) 227158
28 6 "Home Sweet Homeless" Gerry Cohen TBA November 18, 2001 (2001-11-18) 227159
29 7 "Take This Job and Love It" Shelley Jensen TBA November 25, 2001 (2001-11-25) 227161
30 8 "Gimme Shelter" Bob Koherr Amanda Lasher December 9, 2001 (2001-12-09) 227160
31 9 "Milli Vanikki" Gerry Cohen TBA December 16, 2001 (2001-12-16) 227154
32 10 "Through Thick and Thin" Shelley Jensen TBA January 6, 2002 (2002-01-06) 227162
33 11 "To Your Grave" Shelley Jensen TBA January 13, 2002 (2002-01-13) 227163
34 12 "Nikki Can't Wait for Dwight's Birthday" Amanda Bearse TBA January 20, 2002 (2002-01-20) 227164
35 13 "She Was a Job-Jumper" Shelley Jensen TBA January 27, 2002 (2002-01-27) 227165
36 14 "Working Girl" Shelley Jensen TBA Unaired 227151
37 15 "Welcome to the Rest of Your Life" Shelley Jensen TBA Unaired 227155
38 16 "Portrait of the Wrestler as a Young Man" Shelley Jensen TBA Unaired 227166
39 17 "Uneasy Rider" John Fuller TBA Unaired 227167
40 18 "My Two Left Feet"
"Gotta Dance"
Gerry Cohen TBA Unaired 227168
41 19 "GED Off My Back" Gerry Cohen TBA Unaired 227169

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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