Over the Top

ABC (ended 1997)


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When famed screen, stage, and television actor Simon Fergeson (Tim Curry) finds himself unemployed, he tracks down his ex-wife Hadley Martin (Annie Potts), whom he was once married to for seven days... Sensible Hadley, now thrice divorced, currently runs the NYC Metropolitan Hotel, where she lives with her two children from another marriage, self-involved Gwen and annoying Daniel. It isn't long before Simon finds himself working alongside her. Rose was Hadley's feisty right-hand; Yorgo was the annoying (more-over-the-top-than-Simon) Greek chef and Robert was the uptight hotel investor. Curry and Potts had previously starred together in the film "Pass the Ammo," and had book looking for the right project to come along when they agreed on this series. Apparently it wasn't the right project... Plagued with problems from the beginning, the show was shredded by critics and virtually ignored by TV viewers. The original pilot, which co-starred Debra Jo Rupp (best remembered from That '70s Show and Friends), was promptly scrapped and half of the cast was fired. The show was originally set in New York state, but then changed to Manhattan itself. Curry, who played the character as over-the-top as he possibly could, was outdone by Steve Carroll (Yorgo), whose screeching, whininess, and mind-numbingly stupid enthusiasm was viciously attacked even by those who thought Curry was awful. Over the Top lasted on the air in the USA a total of three weeks, then was promptly pulled, never to be seen again. A fourth episode was scheduled but replaced with a bonus episode of Home Improvement. Like most new series, the show was given a 13 episode commitment, but since it was so quickly canceled, only 11 episodes were filmed (excluding the original pilot). Subsequently the entire run of episodes that were filmed have aired in other countries, such as Finland and South Africa.moreless