Union Square (TV series)

Union Square
Created by Marco Pennette
Fred Barron
Written by Fred Barron
George McGrath
Directed by James Burrows
Brent Carpenter
Starring Jim Pirri
Mel Gorham
Michael Landes
Harriet Sansom Harris
Jonathan Slavin
Composer(s) Bruce Miller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 14 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Fred Barron
Marco Pennette
Michael B. Kaplan
Gary Murphy
Neil Thompson
Producer(s) Tim Berry
Cinematography Richard Brown
Editor(s) Brent Carpenter
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Barron/Pennette Productions
Three Sisters Entertainment
NBC Studios
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release September 25, 1997 – January 22, 1998

Union Square is a 1997 television sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for one season. It follows the story of a lawyer-turned-playwright in Manhattan, who attempts to gain inspiration from a host of characters populating the fictitious Union Square cafe, obviously inspired by the New York area of the same name. The show was originally supposed to be a vehicle for actress Mel Gorham, but after poor test screenings for the pilot, the producers retooled the show and replaced Gorham with Constance Marie.[1]

The program replaced Fired Up (which was halfway through the 1997-1998 season) on NBC's "Must See TV" night of programming; it was given an 8:30pm timeslot on Thursday evenings, a highly coveted spot due to its location between popular sitcoms Friends (which aired at 8:00pm) and Seinfeld (which aired at 9:00pm). Like The Single Guy, Union Square attempted to capitalize on attractive singles in their 20s and 30s enjoying New York City life, which both Seinfeld and Friends (as well as other NBC programs) had turned into successes. The show also featured guest appearances from actor David Krumholtz, who appeared on two episodes, as did actress Rhea Perlman. Despite these advantages and the fact that it had the #7 spot in the ratings for the 1997-98 season with almost 20 million viewers, it lost a large portion of its lead-in audience from Friends, and was cancelled after 14 episodes had been made; a week after its last episode was aired on January 22, 1998, Just Shoot Me replaced its time slot.



  1. Studio Briefing News (1997-06-19). "Big Break Broken". News for Mel Gorham. Internet Movie Database.

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