The Art of Being Nick
The Art of Being Nick is an American sitcom pilot created by Bruce Helford, that aired on NBC as a special on August 27, 1987. The pilot stars Scott Valentine as artist/environmentalist Nick Moore, who appeared as Mallory's (Justine Bateman) boyfriend in Family Ties. Also in the cast were Kristine Sutherland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and John Daman.
|The Art of Being Nick|
|Created by||Bruce Helford|
|Written by||Bruce Helford|
|Directed by||Sam Weisman|
|Theme music composer||Rick Rhodes|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|Executive producer||Bruce Helford|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production companies||Ubu Productions, in association with Paramount Network Television|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||August 27, 1987|
|Preceded by||Family Ties (1982–1989)|
Due to the popularity of the Nick Moore character, three versions of a spin-off were produced. In the first incarnation titled Taking It Home, Nick returns to Detroit to live with his sister and grandfather (portrayed by Herschel Bernardi). After Bernardi's death in May 1986, the series was canceled. The second version features Nick working in a day care center for juvenile delinquents.
The Art of Being Nick aired on August 27, 1987. Despite garnering solid ratings, NBC didn't pick the series up reportedly due to the network's reluctance to lose the popular Nick character from Family Ties.