The Building (TV series)
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|Created by||Bonnie Hunt|
|Written by||Bonnie Hunt|
|Directed by||John Bowab|
|Opening theme||"The Building" performed by Rob Kolson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Executive producer(s)||Bonnie Hunt|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Bob & Alice Productions|
Worldwide Pants Incorporated
Columbia Pictures Television
CBS Entertainment Productions
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
CBS Television Distribution
|Original release||August 20 –|
September 17, 1993
|Related shows||Bonnie (1995)|
Bonnie Kennedy, a commercial actress who was jilted by her fiancé (George Clooney) shortly before the show started, moves back to Chicago to pick up the pieces of her life in an apartment across from Wrigley Field. The story focuses on Kennedy's struggles and the characters who live in her apartment building.
Making heavy use of The Second City alum, the show had a theatrical sensibility wherein minor mistakes, accidents, and forgotten lines were often left in the aired episode, and there was a loose improv feel to certain scenes. The Building was the first sitcom production of David Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company; Letterman appears (unbilled) in a character role in the second episode. Hunt created the show, and wrote four of the five broadcast episodes. A sixth episode was produced, but did not air.
Two years after this show was cancelled, cast members Hunt, Lake, Virtue and Wortell would return in the series The Bonnie Hunt Show. This follow-up series retained many of the distinguishing characteristics of The Building, including the Chicago setting, an improv/theatrical feel, and the essential nature of the character relationships between the principals (although they were playing different characters). As well, the follow-up series was produced by Worldwide Pants, written by Hunt, and mostly directed by John Bowab.
- Bonnie Hunt as Bonnie Kennedy. Bonnie is a struggling actress, best known as the "Randolph Carpet Girl" in a series of local ads.
- Holly Wortell as Holly, Bonnie's best friend and fellow actress.
- Don Lake as Brad, who lives downstairs. Brad often drops by to mooch coffee and meals from Bonnie.
- Tom Virtue as Stan, Brad's roommate. An actor, he and Bonnie seem mutually attracted to each other.
- Richard Kuhlman as Big Tony. Rough around the edges, but generally decent and friendly, Big Tony lives upstairs and maintains the building. His wife, Antionette, is often heard yelling loudly offstage but is never seen.
- Mike Hagerty as Finley, a one-time firefighter who runs the nearby bar/hangout called "G&L Fire Escape".
- Andy Dick appears in two episodes as Joe Devane, a talkative casting agent Bonnie often deals with.
Bonnie often listened to the radio in her apartment; she and other cast members would portray the various unseen radio hosts and commercial spokespeople.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||John Bowab||Bonnie Hunt||August 20, 1993|
|Guest star: George Clooney|
|2||"Damned If You Do"||John Bowab||Bonnie Hunt||August 27, 1993|
|Guest star: David Letterman|
|3||"The Waiting Game"||Paul Kreppel||Elaine Arata||September 3, 1993|
|Guest star: George Wendt|
|4||"Father Knows Best"||John Bowab||Bonnie Hunt||September 10, 1993|
|Guest stars: Richard Kind & Donald O'Connor|
|5||"Father Knows Best"||John Bowab||Bonnie Hunt||September 17, 1993|
|Guest star: Jim Belushi|
- Bonnie Hunt: Building a Sitcom, LA Times, August 15, 1993.