"Going Places" was an American situation comedy that aired on ABC from 1990- 1991.
Runtime: 30 minutes
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Going Places is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 21, 1990, until March 8, 1991. The show was created and executive produced by Robert Griffard and Howard Adler, and developed and executive produced by Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett. Going Places was produced by Miller-Boyett Productions in association with Lorimar Television. The series was broadcast in Germany under the title Zwischen Couch und Kamera (Between Couch and Camera), airing on TV.München from 1993 to 1994.
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Series creators Robert Griffard and Howard Adler joined Miller-Boyett Productions in 1987, originally as writers and executive story consultants on Perfect Strangers. Two years later, Griffard and Adler were named co-producers on Perfect Strangers, during which time they began penning a screenplay which they would soon discuss with Miller and Boyett, in hopes of turning it into a pilot. After ABC found success in the 1989-1990 season with their Friday TGIF lineup, which was then composed of three back-to-back Miller-Boyett shows (Full House, Family Matters and Perfect Strangers), the network decided that, for the 1990-91 season's fall schedule, a fourth Miller-Boyett show would help capitalize on the TGIF success. They also felt, as well, that a full two-hour Miller-Boyett comedy block would create a more seamless appearance throughout the lineup, since all the shows had the same visual look. Miller and Boyett, who were by then already interested in developing a show for Griffard and Adler, pitched the latter's project to ABC, which ultimately won their approval. The concept of four young, single writers living together, while working to further themselves in show business, fit perfectly with ABC's idea of installing a Miller-Boyett series with enough adult appeal to fit in the post-Perfect Strangers 9:30/8:30c slot. The first pilot, produced in the spring of 1990, had slight differences in the relations of the main characters and their history. Griffard and Adler's original plan was to base the Davis brothers and Alex Burton on the characters depicted in the 1989 box office success The Fabulous Baker Boys. In comparison with the hot shot piano-playing brothers played by Jeff and Beau Bridges, and the sultry girlfriend of Jack Baker (Jeff Bridges' character), played by Michelle Pfeiffer, the Going Places pilot had Jack, Charlie and Alex as actors from a world-renowned Chicago improvisational comedy troupe, with Jack and Alex as lovers. The three were hired on a trial basis to write for Here's Looking at You in Los Angeles by Dawn St. Claire (Taylor), who subsequently paired them with wisecracking Kate (Todd). Footage from this unaired pilot, which is featured in ABC's fall 1990 upfronts preview reel, shows Jack, Charlie and Alex arriving from Chicago together, as they face a few obstacles in adjusting to Los Angeles, prior to meeting with Dawn St. Claire. Most of the plot points that were carried over into the series were evident, in which the gang is forced to accept Kate as their co-worker and roommate, along with their attempts to professionally win over the formidable Dawn. A direct allusion to the show's cinematic inspiration showed up in the original pilot script; when Kate first meets Charlie, Jack and Alex in the offices of Here's Looking at You, she acknowledges their relations to each other and says, “Oh look, it's the fabulous Baker boys!” In the first pilot, the gang's only neighbor was Dawn, as the house she rented to them was part of her beach house property. Over the summer, after the series had been picked up, the producers decided that the premise would work better if only Jack and Charlie were coming from Chicago. Charlie was changed from being an improv actor to having a background in advertising, while Jack remained with his improv experience. Alex was now brought to Los Angeles from Denver, as a writer, and had no prior relationship with the Davis brothers prior to meeting them for the opportunity on the hidden camera show. Griffard and Adler wanted to heighten the brothers' excitement of working with the sexy Alex, and the innuendos that would arise from living with her as well. Although both brothers would make sexual comments in regards to Alex, it was evident in the second pilot script that Jack was bound to make a serious play for Alex. Kate and Dawn's characters remained the same. However, to add a small amount of youth appeal to the otherwise adult comedy, Staci Keanan was added beginning with the second pilot as the teenage, know-it-all next door neighbor, Lindsay Bowen.
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