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The Knights of Prosperity

The Knights of Prosperity is an ABC network comedy series created by Rob Burnett & John Beckerman.

The series aired from January 3, 2007 to August 8, 2007, lasting for one season & 11 episodes (leaving two episodes unaired).

Plot

The series centered on a group of blue-collar guys who plan to rob a celebrity in New York City.

Cast

  • Donal Logue as Eugene Gurkin
  • Sofía Vergara as Esperanza Villalobos
  • Lenny Venito as Francis "Squatch" Squacieri
  • Maz Jobrani as Gourishankar Subramaniam
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as Rockefeller Butts
  • Josh Grisetti as Louis Plunk

Production Notes

The series went through several name changes: the original title (though it was never publicly affirmed) was "Let's Rob Jeff Goldblum" later changed to "Let's Rob Mick Jagger" once Goldblum committed to the NBC drama Raines.

ABC announced the series for its fall schedule as "Let's Rob... in May" and the final name change to "Knights of Prosperity" was reported in July 2006.

During the TCA Tour, executive producer Rob Burnett indicated that the title might change again before the show debuts, but the show debuted under the "Knights" name.

Originally scheduled to debut on October 17, 2006 at 9:00 p.m., it was pulled from the schedule on October 3rd in favor of at least two additional 90-minute episodes of its intended lead-in, "Dancing with the Stars".

ABC later announced that the program would be shelved and rescheduled for a January 2007 airdate due to the network now making another sitcom "Big Day", a priority for the Tuesday night schedule.

On November 9, 2006, ABC began running promos for the series in advance of its January airdate.

On December 5, 2006, ABC announced that "The Knights of Prosperity" would premiere on January 3, 2007 at 9:00 p.m. Although it was scheduled to air the following week at 9:00, a primetime address by the President of the United States caused the second episode of the show to air at 9:30 p.m.

The series returned to its normal 9:00 time slot the following week. The show was rescheduled to 8:30 beginning on January 31, 2007, and remained there until it was pulled from the schedule on March 5, 2007.

Before the upfronts, the network announced that it was considering a second season featuring Ray Romano.

However, "The Knights of Prosperity" was ultimately canceled and briefly brought back in the summer to burn off the remaining episodes along with fellow low-rated newcomer, "The Nine".

Both shows were pulled again on August 14th and on August 17th, ABC put up the remaining episodes on its website.

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