Created by Hugh Wilson
Writers Hugh Wilson
Final episode date 22 March 1988
|Written by Richard DubinDavid ChambersSamm-Art WilliamsHugh Wilson|
Directed by Neema BarnetteRichard DubinStan LathanMax TashHugh Wilson
Starring Tim ReidDaphne Maxwell ReidTony BurtonVirginia CapersRobert Harper
Theme music composer Louis AlterEddie DeLange
Theme song Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
Cast Tim Reid, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Tony Burton, Francesca P Roberts, Don Yesso
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Frank's Place is an American comedy-drama series that aired on CBS for 22 episodes during the 1987-1988 television season. The series was created by Hugh Wilson and executive produced by Wilson and series star and fellow WKRP in Cincinnati alumnus Tim Reid.
Frank's Place is the most recent show that ran for only one season that was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
TV Guide ranked it #3 on its 2013 list of 60 shows that were "Cancelled Too Soon".
Set in New Orleans, Frank's Place chronicles the life of Frank Parrish (Tim Reid), a well-to-do African-American professor at Brown University, an Ivy League university in Providence, Rhode Island, who inherits a restaurant, Chez Louisiane. In the premiere, Frank travels to New Orleans intending to sell the restaurant. However, waitress Emerita (she waits only on customers with twenty years or more of patronage) of Chez Louisiane -- Miss Marie (Frances E. Williams) has a voodoo spin (curse) put on Frank ensuring that he will come back to carry on his family's business. Consequently, when Frank returns to New England, the life he's known there suddenly goes inexplicably haywire. Feeling he has no choice, Frank returns to New Orleans and makes many discoveries about black culture in New Orleans, the differences between northern and southern lifestyles, and himself.
The idea for the series came from CBS vice president, Gregg Maday. As a young man, Maday frequented a restaurant in Buffalo, New York named Dan Montgomery's. Maday also wanted a series based in New Orleans due to the mid-1980s interest in Cajun cuisine and zydeco. The two ideas were combined. Wilson and Reid spent time in New Orleans for research. They found a restaurant named Chez Helene, and many of the things they encountered there were included in the series. Big Arthur was based on Chez Helene's owner, Austin Leslie. The series focused more on Creole cuisine and Creole culture rather than Cajun.
Don Yesso was a real-life New Orleans native whom Wilson met on a flight to the city. Yesso was not an actor, but Wilson cast him because of his genuine Yat dialect.
Unlike most sitcom productions of the era, Frank's Place was filmed with a single camera and used no laugh track.
The series theme song was Louis Armstrong's classic "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?".
Reruns aired on BET in 1990.
In October 2008, CNN.com reported that because of music clearance issues, a DVD release would be unlikely. However, on November 11, 2008, TV Shows on DVD reported that plans are underway for an eventual DVD release, although Tim Reid has said that, due to the prohibitive costs of the music rights, a new musical score will be recorded that will "recreate the mood of the music." He adds, "it has to be the mood of the show or I'd rather not do it." No date has been yet given for a release.