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Where did a TV version of The Big Easy that air and how did it do?

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Hey Blake,

I found out recently that there was a TV show version of the movie The Big Easy that aired 35 episodes. Where did it air and how did it do?

Dear Reader,

  The Big Easy TV series, starring Tony Crane, Susan Walters and Barry Corbin, ran for two seasons (1996-1997) on USA Network before it was canceled. Changes were made to the staff after the first season and viewership declined.

  The series was inspired by the 1987 movie The Big Easy, which received mixed reviews and was criticized by locals for botched accents and stereotypes. The crime drama starred Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty and John Goodman. The screenplay, written by Daniel Petrie Jr., originally was titled The Windy City and was set in Chicago, a city known for police corruption. When the movie was close to production, however, several other films were released that also were set in Chicago. Petrie wanted the setting to be strong enough to be a character in the film, so director Jim McBride suggested New Orleans, which also was known for corruption. After one visit to the city, Petrie was convinced.

  The Big Easy TV series is available on DVD. In the first minutes of the pilot there are references to gumbo, brass bands and Mardi Gras. There's also a Boudreaux joke and a scene where police at a murder scene are snacking on beignets.


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