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"Tony Award nominee Tony Shalhoub (Conversations with My Father, Wings) and Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, M.D.) return to series television in this new comedy series from Emmy Award winner Steven Levitan (NBC's Frasier), the creator of NBC's hit comedy Just Shoot Me."

"Harris stars as Henry McNeely, a young, book editor who is thrust into the dark and chaotic world of best-selling horror writer Ian Stark (Shalhoub). Providing distractions as Henry tries to keep Stark on track, are Stark's dazed writing assistant, Jake Donavan (Eddie McClintock, Felicity) sassy bartender/college student Maddie Keller, (Heather Paige Kent , Jenny) and Stark's overly affectionate dog, Edgar (Marty)." (NBC press release)

Yet another could've-been hit blundered by the collaborative incompetence of former entertainment president Garth Ancier and former (notice a pattern?) West Coast president Scott Sassa, Stark Raving Mad received a full season pickup. And that's where the network's support began and ended. Stark never clicked with the audience watching the show it followed on the schedule, Frasier, rendering it a time slot hit -- and not much of one at that. Though common sense would have suggested that's because their brand of humor was incompatible... well, it was on NBC, after all. After the original 13 episodes were broadcast by January, 2000, (at which time Regis Philbin stepped in and sent the show into a deep Nielsen gorge), the series bounced off and on -- mostly off -- the schedule, and nearly half of the back nine that the network ordered in November, 1999 were never broadcast at all. Although NBC executives believe that sitcoms that don't work on Thursday won't work anywhere, your editor doesn't. He does, though, wonder what might have been had Stark Raving Mad aired on Tuesday after Just Shoot Me -- which it was perfectly compatible with. Guess we'll never know. Besides, three years later, and Ancier's/Sassa's even more incompetent replacement, Jeff Zucker, was playing the same hide-and-seek games with JSM that they were with SRM.

"Batty, bonkers, crazy, loopy, loony, hazy Chaotic, neurotic, peculiar and amazing Demented, deranged, particularly strange Frantic, ranting, shaky, flaky, making me insane"

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> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing Jul 13, 2000
Premiere September 23, 1999
Episodes 22 (4 unaired)
Network NBC
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
> Cast 
Neil Patrick Harris....   Henry McNeely
Tony Shalhoub....   Ian Stark
Eddie McClintock....   Jake Donovan
Heather Paige Kent....   Margaret "Maddie" Keller
Dorie Barton....   Tess Faraday

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