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"Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth stars in this uptown comedy as Kristin Yancey, a small-town girl who leaves her sheltered life in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to pursue her dream of becoming a Broadway star. Until then, however, Kristin reluctantly accepts a job working for a handsome but morally bankrupt real estate tycoon, Tommy Ballantine (Jon Tenney) – and just maybe by being herself she'll be a good influence on him." "The misadventures of the virtuous actress surrounded by amoral New Yorkers begin when her unorthodox terms of employment are brokered by Reverend Thornhill (Christopher Durang), whose small Lower East Side chapel was saved from the wrecking ball by Tommy. While the bad-boy real-estate mogul remains skeptical that he can improve his image by hiring an assistant -- one who won't end up suing him for harassment -- the reverend has faith that pairing Kristin with Tommy will answer everyone's prayers." "Kristin's allies in the Ballantine Enterprises offices are Aldo Bonnadonna (Larry Romano), who is Ballantine's right-hand-man with an appreciation of how Kristin keeps the boss in line and on track, and Tyrique Kimbrough (Dale Godboldo), the fearless and hell-bent-for-leather messenger. However, jealous Santa Clemente (Ana Ortiz) -- a former conquest of smooth-operator Tommy who is now his director of sales and leasing -- wants to turn what she considers to be Kristin's down-home act into a limited run." (NBC press release) This much-delayed, heavily-panned, semi-autobiographical star vehicle was greenlit as a series in November, 1999 -- following Chenoweth's Tony win for Best Featured Actress in a Musical -- without so much as a completed pilot script. As is usually the case with sight-unseen pickups, NBC didn't like what they got, and the series -- which was initially considered a frontrunner for a Fall, 2000 bow -- was bumped to midseason. Kristin wrapped production by year's end, and NBC president of entertainment Garth Ancier told the cast and crew that it would premiere March 13, 2001. Ancier got the boot not long thereafter, and his successor, Jeff Zucker, did as all network executives do with inherited shows. He moved its premiere to June, and buried it. Ironically, its seven unaired episodes were replaced with seven reruns of Three Sisters, a show which Zucker couldn't bear to air four episodes of itself. "No red light to stop me (Hold on) Hold on to who you are (Hold on) Hold on to who you are" Theme song "Kristin (Main Title Theme)" written by Jeanine Tesori & Dick Scanlan performed by Kristin Chenoweth Kristin is produced by markusfarms productions, in association with Paramount Network Television Broadcast History ----------------- Jun 2001, Tue 8:30-9:00 Jun 2001-Jul 2001, Tue 9:30-10:00 First telecast: June 5, 2001 Last telecast: July 10, 2001 Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom Number of episodes: 13 Media: 35mm filmmoreless

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  • Christopher Durang

    Christopher Durang

    Reverend Thornhill

    Kristin Chenoweth

    Kristin Chenoweth

    Kristin Yancey

    Jon Tenney

    Jon Tenney

    Tommy Ballantine

    Ana Ortiz

    Ana Ortiz

    Santa Clemente

    Larry Romano

    Larry Romano

    Aldo Bonnadonna

    Dale Godboldo

    Dale Godboldo

    Tyrique Kimbrough

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    • A poor debut for a promising performer

      I recently discovered the talents of Kristin Chenoweth and when I discovered she had done her own sitcom for NBC way back in 2001 I decided I would jump on YouTube and check it out. Before I started watching I was scratching my head as to why it was cancelled after just five episodes. After watching the pilot episode, I knew why.

      The story is bland and predictable, and it seems as if the creative team wanted the show to fail with little originality being put in to the series. The characters are very stereotypical and the supporting cast are forgettable.

      Only Chenoweth gives the show the kick it needs. She is enjoyable enough and you can see that she showed potential to be a star, even back then. But this show gives her nothing in return. One can be thankful that she went on to bigger and better things since this disaster of a sitcom.moreless

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    Sitcoms, Musicals, Romantic Comedy