FANDOM


Anything but Love

Anything but Love is an ABC network sitcom series created by Wendy Kout, which aired from March 7, 1989 to June 3, 1992, lasting for four seasons & 56 episodes.

It was produced by Adam Productions and 20th Century Fox Television.

Plot

The series centered on Hannah Miller and Marty Gold, two co-workers who are attracted to each other, but they don't want to spoil their friendship by starting a romantic relationship.

Cast

  • Richard Lewis as Marty Gold
  • Jamie Lee Curtis as Hannah Miller
  • Richard Frank as Jules
  • Sandy Faison as Pamela Payton-Finch (Season 1)
  • Bruce Kirby as Leo (Season 1)
  • Louis Giambalvo as Norman Keil (Season 1)
  • Holly Fulger as Robin Dulitski (Seasons 2–4)
  • Ann Magnuson as Catherine Hughes (Seasons 2–4)
  • Joseph Maher as Brian Allquist (Season 2)
  • Billy Van Zandt as Harold (Season 2)
  • Jane Milmore as Kelly (Season 2)
  • Bruce Weitz as Mike Urbanek (Seasons 3–4)

Broadcast History

Although "Anything but Love" was initially popular in its abbreviated first season, producers decided to make cast changes for the second in order to provide Curtis and Lewis with more flavorful supporting characters.

While critics hailed the changes, ABC's moving the show to Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c caused a large drop in the series' ratings. (It was announced as the 9:00/8:00c show but the immediate success of "Doogie Howser, M.D." caused ABC to flip the shows two weeks into the season.

Since it was renewed as a mid-season replacement; the third season didn't begin until February 1991. ABC kept the show in the same Wednesday time slot, and ramped up promotions with the advertising tagline "The All-New Anything but Love" (corresponding with the current cast changes and the opening three-episode arc with John Ritter). All of this stabilized audiences enough to grant the series a fourth season.

In August of 1991, "Anything but Love" was moved to the unusual time slot of Wednesday at 10/9c, as a part of a short-lived all-comedy block called "The Hump." However, the ratings slipped again, and it returned to the Wednesday 9:30/8:30 slot in early November.

Unusually, the show was not canceled by the network; instead, 20th Century Fox pulled the plug on the show in 1992, having calculated that the show would not get renewed for a fifth season and would be unprofitable in first-run syndication.

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.