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Phenom

Phenom is an ABC network sitcom series created by Dick Blasucci, Marc Flanagan & Sam Simon.

The show aired from September 14, 1993 to May 10, 1994, lasting for one season & 22 episodes.

Plot

The show centered on Angela Doolan, a 15-year-old tennis pro struggling with the challenges of her life, such as family and her overbearing tennis coach.

Cast

Main Cast

  • Angela Goethals as Angela Doolan
  • Judith Light as Dianne Doolan
  • Ashley Johnson as Mary Margaret Doolan
  • Todd Louiso as Brian Doolan
  • William Devane as Lou Della Rosa (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Lien as Roanne

Recurring Cast

  • Sara Rue as Monica
  • Randy Josselyn as Jesse
  • Beverley Mitchell as Clara
  • Marianne Muellerleile as Sister Felicia
  • Debra Jo Rupp as Sister Mary Incarnata
  • John Christian Graas as Tony Lenchenko

Production

"Phenom" was created by Dick Blasucci, Marc Flanagan, and Sam Simon. Blasucci also served as executive producer of the series, alongside Emmy Award-winner James L. Brooks and Danny Kallis, who previously worked alongside Judith Light as a writer/producer on Who's The Boss?

Despite being one of the show's main stars, William Devane did not receive on-screen credit in any of the episodes. He was originally slated to get second billing in the cast between Judith Light & Angela Goethals, and reportedly fought to have top billing or at least shared top billing with Light (in response to his "Knots Landing" fame).

Both the producers and ABC refused to move Devane's billing, feeling that Judith Light having sole first billing would draw in more of the female 18-49 demographic that is attractive to advertisers and would bring back ABC viewers who had made Light's previous series, "Who's The Boss?" a success.

Devane ultimately told the producers that if he couldn't get a billing change, he would rather not be credited at all.

Broadcast History

"Phenom" was placed in the time slot of Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c, between "Full House" and "Roseanne".

The series did well in the ratings, ranking in the Top 20 and maintaining 95% of its "Full House" lead-in.

ABC cancelled "Phenom" after one season and replaced it with "Me and the Boys" (which was also cancelled after just one season).

Accolades

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1994 Young Artist Awards Nominated Youth Actress Leading Role in a Television Series Angela Goethals
Best New Television Series
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Won Best Actress Under Ten in a Television Series or Show Ashley Johnson
(Tied with Ashley Peldon for Shameful Secrets)
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