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Spin City

The original Spin City title screen (1996 - 1999)
Also known as Spin
Chaos City (Germany)
Format Sitcom
Created by Bill Lawrence
Gary David Goldberg
Starring Michael J. Fox (1996-2000)
Charlie Sheen (2000-2002)
Barry Bostwick
Richard Kind
Michael Boatman
Alan Ruck
Heather Locklear (1999-2002)
Connie Britton (1996-2000)
Alexander Chaplin (1996-2000)
Jennifer Esposito (1997-1999)
Carla Gugino (1996)
Victoria Dillard (1996-2000)
Lana Parrilla (2000-2001)
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 145 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 4:3
Original run September 17, 1996April 30, 2002
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Spin City is an American sitcom television series that ran from 1996 to 2002 on ABC, and was created by Gary David Goldberg & Bill Lawrence, based on a fictional local government running New York City, originally starring Michael J. Fox as Mike Flaherty, the Deputy Mayor of New York. The show was canceled in 2002 due to low ratings from the 2001–2002 season and a change in target demographics. This article is about a genre of comedy. ... For other uses, see Bill Lawrence. ... Gary David Goldberg (born June 25, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American writer and producer for television and film . ... For other persons named Michael Fox, see Michael Fox (disambiguation). ... Charles Irwin Sheen (born September 3, 1965) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy-nominated American actor. ... Barry Knapp Bostwick (born on February 24, 1945[1]) is an American actor and singer. ... Richard Kind (b. ... Michael Boatman Michael Boatman (born 25 October 1964 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is an American actor. ... Alan Ruck (born July 1, 1956) is an American stage, television and film actor. ... Heather Locklear (born September 25, 1961 in Westwood, California) is an American actress, primarily on soap operas, movies and television. ... Connie Britton (born Constance Womack on March 6, 1967, in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actress who is most well-known for her role as Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights starring opposite Kyle Chandler and as Nikki Faber on ABCs Spin City from 1996-2000. ... Alexander Chaplin, birth name: Alexander Gaberman, (born 20 March 1971) is an American actor. ... Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973) is an American actress and dancer. ... Carla Gugino (born August 29, 1971) is an American actress best known for her roles of Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids trilogy and the title character of the TV series Karen Sisco. ... Victoria Dillard (born September 20, 1969 in New York, New York) is African-American actress who is perhaps best known for her co-starring as Janelle Cooper in the ABC sitcom Spin City. ... Lana Parrilla (born July 15, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York) is a contemporary American actress well known for her television work. ... The following is an episode list for the ABC series, Spin City. ... 2002 identity of the ABC Circle logo, designed by Paul Rand in 1962. ... 4:3 is a ratio. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... 2002 identity of the ABC Circle logo, designed by Paul Rand in 1962. ... Gary David Goldberg (born June 25, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American writer and producer for television and film . ... For other uses, see Bill Lawrence. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... For other persons named Michael Fox, see Michael Fox (disambiguation). ... Micheal Patrick Mike Flaherty (middle row, 3rd from the left) with the rest of the Spin City cast Michael Patrick Flaherty is a fictional character played by Michael J. Fox on the American sitcom Spin City. ...

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Premise

The series focuses on the Mayor of New York City, Randall Winston (Barry Bostwick), and his staff as they run the city — although the main person in charge is Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty (Michael J. Fox). Mike is excellent at his job, dealing with spin and lies, but not so good with his personal life, which he often neglects. Other members of staff at City Hall include press secretary Paul Lassiter (Richard Kind), the office cheapskate, suck-up, and noted coward, who has a habit of being a loudmouth and is often kept in the dark about things; assistant deputy mayor Stuart Bondek (Alan Ruck), who loves the ladies and is often very sexist; head of minority affairs Carter Heywood (Michael Boatman), a gay black man who owns a suicidal dog named Rags. Despite their overwhelming personal differences, Stuart and Carter actually become roommates and the best of friends. Also part of the staff are speech writer James Hobert (Alexander Chaplin), who is easily led and quite naive; Mike's secretary Janelle Cooper (Victoria Dillard); and his assistant Nikki Faber (Connie Britton). Janelle later became the mayor's secretary and Stacy Paterno (Jennifer Esposito) joined the show as Mike's. Each of them has to help run City Hall, improving the Mayor's image and cover for his frequent gaffes, while sorting out their personal lives. Randall Winston was a fictional character on the American Television program Spin City. ... Barry Knapp Bostwick (born on February 24, 1945[1]) is an American actor and singer. ... The Deputy Mayor of a community is the number two official to the mayor. ... For other persons named Michael Fox, see Michael Fox (disambiguation). ... Richard Kind (b. ... Alan Ruck (born July 1, 1956) is an American stage, television and film actor. ... Michael Boatman Michael Boatman (born 25 October 1964 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is an American actor. ... The Griffon Bruxellois or Brussels Griffon is a breed of toy dog, named for the city of their origin, Brussels, Belgium. ... Alexander Chaplin, birth name: Alexander Gaberman, (born 20 March 1971) is an American actor. ... Victoria Dillard (born September 20, 1969 in New York, New York) is African-American actress who is perhaps best known for her co-starring as Janelle Cooper in the ABC sitcom Spin City. ... Connie Britton (born Constance Womack on March 6, 1967, in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actress who is most well-known for her role as Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights starring opposite Kyle Chandler and as Nikki Faber on ABCs Spin City from 1996-2000. ... Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973) is an American actress and dancer. ...


At the start of the series, Mike is dating reporter Ashley Schaffer (Carla Gugino). In early promos for the series, this relationship is shown to be the main premise of the show. However, just a few episodes into the series, Gugino decided to leave. Carla Gugino (born August 29, 1971) is an American actress best known for her roles of Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids trilogy and the title character of the TV series Karen Sisco. ...

The original cast of Spin City

The nature of Carter and Stuart's relationship became a running gag during the series. The two ended up becoming so close that their friendship was mocked by others, and their arguments sounded so much like husband and wife that a whole episode was dedicated to the notion that the two argued like a married couple. The two ended up meeting an older duo of best friends (one black and one white) that were virtual twins of Carter and Stuart in terms of personality; when it was discovered that the two older versions had become a couple, it ended up scaring Stuart quite a bit. For his part, Stuart tends to be very possessive of his time with Carter, going so far as to be genuinely jealous when Carter spends more and more time with new campaign manager Caitlin (Heather Locklear) [see below]. In spite of all the jokes and innuendo, they prove to be best friends willing to do anything for both their friends and each other. Cast of Spin City File links The following pages link to this file: Spin City ... Cast of Spin City File links The following pages link to this file: Spin City ... Heather Locklear (born September 25, 1961 in Westwood, California) is an American actress, primarily on soap operas, movies and television. ...


During the fourth season, Stacy was replaced by a temp, Gail, in one episode and then by James in subsequent episodes of that season. Her absence was never explained, nor was she mentioned again after James took over her duties, although Paul has one comment in Gail's first episode: He accidentally calls the temp "Stacy," then explains that he doesn't have the time to learn new names.


The later years

In 1998, Fox announced that he had Parkinson's Disease. As a result, a new character, Caitlin Moore (Heather Locklear) was introduced at the start of the 1999–2000 season to help share Mike's workload. Caitlin was Mayor Winston's campaign manager as he decided to run for Senator, and there was much friction between Mike and Caitlin about who was in charge of the Mayor. Their relationship, however, was more complex than a simple rivalry and there were hints that it would become more than platonic. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Parkinsons disease (also known as Parkinson disease or PD) is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferers motor skills and speech. ... Heather Locklear (born September 25, 1961 in Westwood, California) is an American actress, primarily on soap operas, movies and television. ...


In 2000, as his symptoms worsened, Fox announced that he was leaving the show at the end of the season to spend more time with his family and to raise money for awareness of and research into Parkinson's[1]. His character left City Hall at the end of the show's 4th season, taking the blame for an alleged Mafia link that the Mayor unknowingly had[2]. He later moved to Washington D.C. as an environmental lobbyist, there meeting a senator named Alex P. Keaton[2] (a homage to Family Ties, in which Fox played a conservative son of liberal parents [3]). Executive Producer/co-creator Bill Lawrence also left the show, along with a few cast members and writers/producers. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton Alex P. Keaton is a fictional character, portrayed by Michael J. Fox, on the 1980s American sitcom Family Ties. ... For other uses, see Family Ties (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Bill Lawrence. ...


The remaining producers decided to carry on the series with a new lead. For the show's 5th season, production moved from New York to Los Angeles, and Charlie Sheen as new Deputy Mayor Charlie Crawford, joining Caitlin, Paul, Stuart, Carter, and the Mayor. The characters of Nikki, Janelle and James were not carried over (like Stacy, their absences were never explained), replaced by assistant Angie Ordonez (Lana Parrilla), who likewise left after one season without explanation (Parrilla feeling the character was underused). Charles Irwin Sheen (born September 3, 1965) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy-nominated American actor. ... Lana Parrilla (born July 15, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York) is a contemporary American actress well known for her television work. ...


Episodes

The following is an episode list for the ABC series, Spin City. ...

Awards

Main article: List of Awards for Spin City

The Show won 4 Golden Globes (3 for Michael J. Fox and 1 for Charlie Sheen), out of it's 9 nominations The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... For other persons named Michael Fox, see Michael Fox (disambiguation). ... Charles Irwin Sheen (born September 3, 1965) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy-nominated American actor. ...


Spin City on DVD

Dreamworks has published two smaller DVD boxes titled "Michael J. Fox - His All Time Favorites" Vols. 1 and 2 in 2003, both containing eleven episodes. All 22 episodes are taken from the four seasons containing Fox, each starting with a brief interview in which he describes what he likes about the episode. In the 2003 interviews, Fox shows symptoms of his ongoing illness. Both DVD boxes contain bonus material with fund-raising TV commercials for Parkinson's Disease research, starring the Spin City cast.


Trivia

  • The show was called Chaos City on German TV[4]. Carter was named "Gordon" in the German dub.
  • The show's first 4 seasons were filmed at Chelsea Piers' Stage D in New York[5].
  • Both 'Charlie Sheen' , who plays Deputy Mayor Charlie Crawford, and Alan Ruck' , who plays Chief of Staff Stuart Bondek, made their breakout performances in Ferris Bueller's Day Off[6].
  • A pennant from the Fordham University school is hung in Flaherty's office and throughout the series he is seen wearing a maroon-and-white bomber jacket, featuring not only the school's colors but also the name across the back.
  • Many guest stars were connected to Fox and later Sheen. For instance, Mike Flaherty's mother was played by Meredith Baxter, who played his mother on Family Ties; and Charlie's father was played by Charlie Sheen's real-life father Martin Sheen[6].
  • Carter (Boatman) and Paul (Kind) are the only two characters to appear in every episode[6].
  • Christopher Lloyd, Fox's colleague from the Back to the Future trilogy, guest starred in an episode entitled Back to the Future IV: Judgment Day[7]. The Back to the Future films were co-produced by Amblin Entertainment, whose founder, Steven Spielberg, would co-found DreamWorks (the main production company behind Spin City).
  • Many of the actors have made a guest appearance on the show Scrubs which is also produced by Lawrence. Fox appeared as a doctor who has Obsessive-compulsive disorder, first in the episode My Catalyst, then the episode following it, My Porcelain God. Richard Kind has appeared many times as an annoying hypochondriac patient. Alan Ruck made one appearance as a patient in the episode My Lucky Day. Boatman appeared in the episode My Roommates as Dr. Cox's old friend whose son may have a medical problem. Alexander Chaplin has had a recurring role as a drug addict who tricks many doctors into feeding his addiction. Barry Bostwick appeared in the episode My Dirty Secret as an Episcopalian man with prostate cancer[6].
  • Both Michael J. Fox's and Charlie Sheen's characters were given the actors' real first names. Sheen would later have the same honor on his next hit show, Two and a Half Men.

Chelsea Piers as seen from the air. ... Ferris Bueller redirects here. ... Fordham University is a private, coeducational research university[3] in the United States, with three campuses located in and around New York City. ... Meredith Baxter (born June 21, 1947 in South Pasadena, California) is an American actress. ... For other uses, see Family Ties (disambiguation). ... Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ... For other persons named Christopher Lloyd, see Christopher Lloyd (disambiguation). ... Amblin Entertainment logo. ... Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. ... This article is about the film studio. ... For other uses see Scrubs Scrubs is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning American situation comedy/comedy-drama that premiered on October 2, 2001, on NBC. It was created by Bill Lawrence and is produced by ABC Studios (previously known as Touchstone Television). ... List of Scrubs episodes My Catalyst is the 58th episode of the American sitcom Scrubs. ... My Porcelain God is the 59th episode of the American sitcom Scrubs. ... Hypochondria (sometimes hypochondriasis) is the unfounded belief that one is suffering from a serious illness. ... List of Scrubs episodes My Lucky Day is the 33rd episode of the American sitcom Scrubs. ... My Roommates is the 86th episode of the American sitcom Scrubs. ... My Dirty Secret is the 55th episode of the American sitcom Scrubs. ... Episcopalian and Episcopal may refer to: Note: Episcopalian refers to a person only, as in he or she is an Episcopalian. ... HRPC redirects here. ... Two and a Half Men is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated American television sitcom, which premiered CBS on Monday, September 22, 2003, at 9:30 p. ...

References

  1. ^ Rice, Lynette. "'Spin' Out, The three-time Emmy nominee plans to devote himself to his family", Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2008-09-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Goodbye Pt. 2". Spin City. ABC. 2000-05-24. No. 26, season 4.
  3. ^ Poobala.com. Crossover between Family Ties and Spin City. Retrieved on March 9, 2008.
  4. ^ Youtube. Spin City clip - Airplane!. Retrieved on March 9, 2008.
  5. ^ Chelsea Piers at Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia. Factoids. Retrieved on March 9, 2008.
  6. ^ a b c d The Internet Movie Database. Spin City Trivia. Retrieved on March 8, 2008.
  7. ^ TV.com. Spin City - Back to the Future IV: Judgement Day. Retrieved on March 9, 2008.

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Spin City was a TV series that ran from 1996 to 2002, based on a fictional local government running New York City, originally starring Michael J. Fox as Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty.
One of the most memorable (and most popular) scenes in Spin City was the "goofy" love scene that featured Heidi Klum wearing lingerie and Michael apparently imagining himself wearing an astronaut suit, to illustrate the significance he attached to the event (Episode 3x03 - 'Gone With The Wind').
Charlie Sheen was playing the Deputy Mayor of New York City in Spin City at the same time as his father Martin Sheen was playing the President of the United States in The West Wing.
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