Listen Up

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 8:30 PM Sep 20, 2004 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Tony's talk show 'Listen Up' is based on the hit ESPN show Pardon the Interruption.

    • Kirsten Nelson was supposed to play Tony's wife, but the producers felt that she wasn't right for the part, so it was given to Wendy Makkena. The producers made minor adjustments to the pilot episode when Wendy Makkena was added to the cast, including changing the setting of the opening scene from Tony's workplace to his home and upgrading the sets.

    • The family name was originally Clineman, but it was later changed to Kleinman.

    • Dorothy was the original name for Tony's wife (Wendy Makkena), but it was later changed to Dana. The name of Daniella Monet's character was originally Lauren, but it was changed to Megan.

  • Quotes

    • Tony: Come on, get the bruiser off the field! You're telling me that's a girl? I want a chromosome test!
      Spectator: That's my daughter.
      Tony: Hell of a player.

    • Tony: I'll admit, it's not very "P."

    • Tony: And what is this number 57785. That's not a phone number; that's a zip code.

    • Tony: I'm going to go call my good friend Bleve on his five digit phone number.

    • Bernie: I gotta admit, I never would have believed that you could squeeze so many columns out of being bald and fat.
      Tony: I can write about a lot of other stuff besides that.
      Bernie: What's this one about?
      Tony: Being short.

    • Mickey: I got enough points on my driver's test to get my learner's permit.
      Tony: Enough points? What does that mean? You hit 'em, but you don't actually kill 'em?

    • Tony: Bernie announced a contest to win the lock of my hair.

    • Lauren: You described my underwear to an entire city.
      Tony: Country actually, it's syndicated.

  • Notes

    • Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Bernie) will be receiving the "And" credit.

    • Jason Alexander's involvement triggered a greenlight on the production of the pilot.

    • Listen Up is attempting to lift "The Seinfeld Curse." The curse is that Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards have all not been able to make a successful show after there long-running sitcom Seinfeld.

    • 'Shut Up and Listen' was the development title for the show but was later changed to Listen Up. Shut Up and Listen was also the devolpment title for Tony and Bernie's talk show, but it was also changed to Listen Up.

  • Allusions