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Thunder Alley

Thunder Alley is an ABC network series created by Carmen Finestra, David McFadzean & Matt Williams which aired from March 4, 1994 to July 4, 1995, lasting for two seasons & 27 episodes.

Plot

The show centered on retired stock car driver Gil Jones who is prepared to enjoy his leisure years working in Thunder Valley, his garage for speciality cars when his newly divorced daughter, Bobbi and her three kids: Claudine, Jenny & Harry move in with him.

Cast

  • Edward Asner as Gil Jones
  • Diane Venora as Bobbi Turner #1 (8 episodes)
  • Robin Riker as Bobbi Turner #2
  • Kelly Vint as Claudine Turner
  • Lindsay Felton as Jenny Turner
  • Haley Joel Osment as Harry Turner
  • Jim Beaver as Leland DuParte
  • Andrew Keegan as Jack Kelly (season 2)

Production

The unaired original pilot episode of "Thunder Alley" featured Felicity Huffman in the role of Bobbi Turner, Gil's daughter.

When ABC picked up the series, Huffman was replaced with actress Diane Venora. The pilot was reshot and Venora played the role for eight episodes before she was replaced by Robin Riker, who played the role for the remainder of the series

Ratings\Cancellation

"Thunder Alley" debuted to good ratings, finishing its first season the number 12th program with an average household share of 15.9, helped in part by its being paired with the hit "Home Improvement" (coming from the same producers).

However, it struggled during its second season when it was slotted as the lead off show on Wednesday nights and was cancelled in the spring of 1995.

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