1 9 9 0 (USA)
13 x 30 minute episodes
Valerie Harper (Rhoda) returned to sitcom television on this short-lived comedy from CBS.
Harper starred as big-haired widow Liz Gianni, working as City Manager for corrupt Deputy Mayor Ken Resnick (Stephen Lee) at the Department of City Services in a moderately large, unnamed American city (even the seal shown in the opening credits only referred to it as “City”)
Resnick (Stephen Lee) was a pompous, manipulative, petty bureaucrat who was not above using his position to try to line his pockets with “gifts” from favoured contractors.
Assistant City Manager Roger Barnett (Todd Susman) was Liz’s right-hand man – an unflappable career civil servant who had seen it all and had a weakness for gambling. Her secretary was African American Wanda Jenkins (Tyra Ferrell) was once married to a classical pianist.
Other members of Liz’s staff included Cuban purchasing agent Anna-Maria Batista (Liz Torres), who pronounced “yep” as “jep” and whose revolutionary husband was incarcerated in her homeland; Lance (Sam Lloyd), the obsessive and obnoxious head of the records department; Gloria (Mary Jo Keenan) the flighty bubbleheaded social services coordinator, and Victor (James Lorinz), the overly enthusiastic acting chief of security.
LuAnne Ponce featured as Liz’s 19-year-old college-dropout daughter, Penny, who wanted to be treated as a “friend,” not as a daughter, something Liz found difficult to accept – particularly when it came to Penny’s offbeat social relationships.
Mary Jo Keenan
Deputy Mayor Ken Resnick