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Open House (1989 TV series)

Open House is an American sitcom that aired Sunday at 9:30 on Fox from August 27, 1989 to July 21, 1990. The series is a spin-off of the Fox series Duet.

Open House
GenreSitcom
Created byRuth Bennett
Susan Seeger
Written byBruce Ferber
Directed byDwayne Hickman
Philip Charles MacKenzie
Arlene Sanford
David Semel
Lee Shallat Chemel
Michael Zinberg
StarringAlison LaPlaca
Mary Page Keller
Chris Lemmon
Composer(s)John Beasley
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes24
Production
Executive producer(s)Ruth Bennett
Susan Seeger
Producer(s)Deborah Leschin
Linda Nieber
Barry Vigon
Tom Walla
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Ubu Productions
Paramount Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseAugust 27, 1989 (1989-08-27) –
July 21, 1990 (1990-07-21)
Chronology
Related showsDuet

SynopsisEdit

Open House starred Alison LaPlaca as Linda Phillips, the former studio executive who brought the same zeal pushing costly houses for Juan Verde Real Estate as she did working at World Wide Studios. The series also starred Mary Page Keller and Chris Lemmon continuing their roles as Laura Kelly and Richard Phillips. Newly separated from her writer husband Ben Coleman, Laura also quit catering, and became an apprentice agent. Richard, Linda's husband, was a pianist at Jasper's, but left the hangout — and his wife — by mid-season. Among Linda's eccentric co-workers were Ted Nichols (Philip Charles MacKenzie), her main rival; Scott Babylon (Danny Gans), a talented impressionist; Margo Van Meter (Ellen DeGeneres), the sassy, man-hungry secretary; and Roger McSwain (Nick Tate), the manager of Juan Verde.

The premise of the series had originated in the series finale of Duet, in which Linda was introduced to Ted, who brought her to Juan Verde to start her new career. LaPlaca and MacKenzie had been dating for several years by the time they worked opposite each other on Duet and Open House (they first worked together on a 1985 episode of MacKenzie's former series, Brothers). In 1992, two years after the cancellation of Open House, LaPlaca and MacKenzie were married.

CastEdit

Actor Role
Alison LaPlaca Linda Phillips
Mary Page Keller Laura Kelly
Chris Lemmon Richard Phillips
Philip Charles MacKenzie Ted Nichols
Danny Gans Scott Babylon
Ellen DeGeneres Margo Van Meter
Nick Tate Roger McSwain
Ginger Orsi Amanda Phillips
Jon Cypher John Green
Arleen Sorkin Geneva

Episode listEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Fish Out of Water"TBATBAAugust 27, 1989 (1989-08-27)
2"Scenes from an Office Marriage"TBATBASeptember 3, 1989 (1989-09-03)
3"Going for Broker"TBATBASeptember 10, 1989 (1989-09-10)
4"Whodunnit?"TBATBASeptember 17, 1989 (1989-09-17)
5"Second Honeymoon Anyone?"TBATBASeptember 24, 1989 (1989-09-24)
6"Dome Sweet Dome"TBATBAOctober 1, 1989 (1989-10-01)
7"Let's Get Physicals"TBATBAOctober 8, 1989 (1989-10-08)
8"Married Without Children"TBATBAOctober 22, 1989 (1989-10-22)
9"Torn Between Two Houses"TBATBAOctober 29, 1989 (1989-10-29)
10"Murder, He Wrote"TBATBANovember 5, 1989 (1989-11-05)
11"In Vegas ... With Showgirls!: Part 1"TBATBANovember 12, 1989 (1989-11-12)
12"In Vegas ... With Showgirls!: Part 2"TBATBANovember 19, 1989 (1989-11-19)
13"Parade of Homes"TBATBANovember 26, 1989 (1989-11-26)
14"Bye, Bye Boris"David SemelRuth BennettJanuary 7, 1990 (1990-01-07)
15"Who Framed Roger McSwain?"Phillip Charles MacKenzieTom Walla & Charlene SeegerJanuary 14, 1990 (1990-01-14)
16"An Unmarried Woman"TBATBAFebruary 4, 1990 (1990-02-04)
17"The Bad Seed"TBATBAFebruary 11, 1990 (1990-02-11)
18"Lost Weekend"TBATBAFebruary 18, 1990 (1990-02-18)
19"Dumbstruck"TBATBAFebruary 25, 1990 (1990-02-25)
20"Brother, Can You Spare a Grand?"TBATBAMarch 18, 1990 (1990-03-18)
21"New Kid in Town"TBATBAApril 1, 1990 (1990-04-01)
22"The Real Estate Thing"TBATBAApril 8, 1990 (1990-04-08)
23"The Roast"TBATBAApril 29, 1990 (1990-04-29)
24"First Impression"TBATBAMay 6, 1990 (1990-05-06)

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