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Composer(s)  Mike Post
Final episode date  15 November 1983
Number of seasons  1
6.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy-drama Sports
First episode date  1983
Network  NBC
Number of episodes  8
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Created by  Steven Bochco Jeffrey Lewis
Written by  Steven Bochco David Israel Jeffrey Lewis David Milch Thad Mumford Joel Surnow Dan Wilcox
Directed by  Gregory Hoblit Allen Reisner Michael Rhodes Arthur Allan Seidelman Rick Wallace
Starring  Michael Nouri Pat Corley Ken Olin Dennis Franz Sharon Stone Barry Tubb
Cast  Sharon Stone, Dennis Franz, Michael Nouri, Sheree North, Michele Greene
Similar  Beverly Hills Buntz, Hill Street Blues, Hooperman, Cop Rock, Richie Brockelman - Private Eye

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Bay City Blues is an American comedy-drama series that aired on NBC from October to November 1983. The series stars Michael Nouri, Dennis Franz, and Pat Corley, and was created and produced by Steven Bochco. Eight episodes were produced, but only four were aired prior to its cancellation.



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Bay City Blues centers on a Bay City, California minor league baseball team, the Bluebirds. Players varied from young hopefuls to once-great players who were sent to the minors before retirement. Storylines revolve around the players' lives, loves, and problems. Bay City Blues features an ensemble cast of regulars including a then-unknown Sharon Stone, Mykelti Williamson and Dennis Franz.

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The series from producer Steven Bochco utilized many character actors who had appeared on Hill Street Blues including Franz, Jurasik, Corley and Rodriguez. After the series' cancellation, Ken Olin joined Hill Street Blues cast in the fall of 1984 and Mykelti Williamson appeared in a recurring role. Michele Greene would later re-join Bochco in 1986 as a cast member of L.A. Law after Bochco was fired from Hill Street. Franz re-joined producer David Milch in a new role on Hill Street Blues in 1985 and later both Bochco and Milch for a career-making role on N.Y.P.D. Blue in 1993.

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Michael Nouri portrayed the Joe Rohner, the Bluebirds' kindly manager. He was only a few months removed from a starring role as Nick Hurley in the blockbuster movie Flashdance. In 2006, Nouri had a supporting role in a sports-related film, Invincible, the biopic of Vince Papale, who rose from World Football League reject to a special teams ace with the Philadelphia Eagles. Nouri portrayed Eagles owner Leonard Tose.

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Nouri's love interest on Bay City Blues was portrayed by Kelly Harmon, the ex-wife of car magnate John DeLorean and sister of Mark Harmon, who joined the cast of another NBC hit, St. Elsewhere, in September 1983.

Bernie Casey, who portrayed over-the-hill Ozzie Peoples, was a standout wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s.

Scheduled opposite ABC's Hart to Hart and CBS's Tuesday Night Movies, Bay City Blues drew poor ratings and was pulled from NBC's lineup after airing four of the eight episodes that were produced. The four remaining episodes were aired by selected affiliates in two-hour blocks on Sunday July 1 and Sunday July 8, 1984, after the local news broadcasts. The prime-time run ended up ranking 88th out of 94 programs, averaging only a 10 percent household rating.

The remaining four episodes had not been seen again in prime-time until 2011, when ESPN Classic acquired the rights to the series and aired all eight episodes. ESPN Classic never televised the second episode when it aired the show.


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