- The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
show_name = The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
camera = Single camera
runtime = 30 minutes
country = USA
first_aired = May 21, 1987
last_aired = August 8, 1991
num_episodes = 65
The show depicted the life of Molly Bickford Dodd, a divorced woman living in
New York Cityliving a lifestyle that could be defined as both yuppieand bohemian. Molly seemed to drift from job to job and relationship to relationship. Her ex-husband, a ne'er-do-well jazzmusician, still cares for her. In fact, nearly every man she meets (and the occasional woman) adores her. Her warmth and emotional accessibility are the root cause of most of Molly's problems in life.
Unlike the traditional sitcom, "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" had story lines that often did not resolve in a single episode.
The show was filmed using a single camera, departing from the three-camera technique common in U.S.
sitcoms since the days of " I Love Lucy". Using only one camera created a single point of view, as if the viewer were observing the goings-on as Molly's companion.
Tarses wrote and
directedmany of its episodes (and made a number of cameo appearances).
In addition to Brown and Tarses, the cast included
Allyn Ann McLerieas Molly's mother, James Greene as her building's elevator operation/doorman, William Converse-Robertsas her ex-husband Fred Dodd, and Maureen Andermanas her best friend Nina. Sandy Faisonwas a cast member during its run on NBC. Actors David Strathairnand Richard Lawsoneach appeared in about a third of the episodes (both playing characters who were romantic interests for Molly).
Major recurring roles were held by
Victor Garber, Richard Venture(who played Molly's father), George Gaynes, John Pankow, and J. Smith-Cameron.
Now-well-known actors making multiple appearances in guest roles include
Nathan Laneand Gina Gershon. Wesley Snipesand Samuel L. Jacksonappear in a single episode as guests at a party.
The show earned Brown five
Emmy Awardnominations as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, one for each year the show was on. Tarses was also the recipient of multiple nominations.
Broadcast and cable
NBC first broadcast the show as a summer replacement in 1987 running 13 episodes. "Molly Dodd" was critically acclaimed and a moderate ratings success (it was featured in the network's then-powerhouse Thursday night lineup), but was not featured in the network's fall schedule.
It was a mid-season replacement for NBC again in spring 1988, with 12 episodes (a season-ending 13th episode was produced but not aired). NBC cancelled "Molly Dodd" after its second season.
The Lifetime cable network decided to pick the show up, first re-airing the 26 episodes originally produced, then commissioning three more 13-episode seasons for 1989, 1990, and 1991. Lifetime would continue to air "Molly Dodd" in reruns after original production stopped. After a few years, the show would reappear in reruns on
GoodLife TV(now known as AmericanLife TV) for some time. In late 2001 and until 2002, local New York City's Metro TVput reruns on and even had "Molly Dodd" marathons especially on Mothers Day2002. Metro TV was removed from New York's Time Warnerby 2003, and the channel folded altogether by the end of 2004.
* [http://www.richardlawson.net/tv-mollydodd.html Richard Lawson Official Website: The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd] - features the video clip of Molly and Nathaniel's first meeting, plus a couple of production stills
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