Stephen James Taylor
| 8.5/10 |
15 October 1993
| Andrew Nicholls
John Steven Owen|
Justin Jon Ross
Andrew Nicholls, Darrell Vickers
Faye Dunaway, Robert Urich, Will Estes, Justin Whalin, Robin Bartlett
It Had to Be You is an American sitcom starring Faye Dunaway and Robert Urich. The series premiered September 19, 1993 on CBS. It centered on Dunaway's character, a Network-like businesswoman, who hires blue-collar Urich (a single father of three boys) to do some carpentry work at her Boston office, and their ensuing romance. Music by Stephen James Taylor.
The theme song was the 1924 hit "It Had to Be You" written by Isham Jones.
Faye Dunaway as Laura Scofield
Robert Urich as Mitch Quinn
Robin Bartlett as Eve Parkin
Justin Whalin as David Quinn
Will Estes as Christopher Quinn
Justin Jon Ross as Sebastian Quinn
It Had to Be You (TV series) Wikipedia
Four episodes were aired before the show went into hiatus. Faye Dunaway was pulled from the series, and a new pilot was ordered with the focus being on Robert Urich's character coping with life as a single father. Robin Bartlett, who had played an assistant to Dunaway's character, would also continue in the series, being moved up from supporting character to co-lead. However, her character would not be not a romantic partner for Urich. Although a new pilot was shot, the revised version of the series never aired. The series was produced by Lorimar Television.
The show premiered eleven days after the cancellation of The Trouble with Larry, another series co-created by Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers (and which lasted only three episodes). When It Had To Be You was cancelled after four episodes, it gave Nicholls and Vickers the unusual distinction of overseeing two of the earliest-to-be-cancelled new shows of the same TV season.
Nine episodes are registered with the United States Copyright Office.
Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly rated the series a C+ and called it "one of the season's vaguest, most ambivalent new sitcoms". Tucker described the casting of "odd-couple lovers" Urich and Dunaway as "almost perversely capricious". Tony Scott, reviewing the pilot in Variety, criticized the "thin script" and "lumpy badinage". Noting that the show would premiere with a special "preview glimpse" in the slot after 60 Minutes, Scott concluded that "a glimpse should be enough". CBS cancelled the series in October 1993 after four episodes due to low ratings.