Beggars and Choosers | 1999
Comedy/drama series that focuses on life inside a television network. Centers around a group of characters (some "beggars" or sellers, others "choosers" or buyers) trying to survive, if not prosper, in the chaotic and constantly changing world of television. The cast of characters include: Rob Malone, the head of programming for the LGT Network, struggling under the weight of sagging ratings and running a network on the brink of last place; Cecile Malone, his attractive wife, who tries to help him ride out the insanity of his job with varying degrees of success; Lori Volpone, the ambitious and opportunistic VP of development at LGT, who is always ready to advance her career through the mistakes of others; Brad Advail, the aggressive, but overwhelmed young agent; Malcolm Laffley, the VP of talent; and Casey Lennox, a cunning development executive and rival to Lori Volpone.
As season two begins at LFT, the threat of a corporate takeover is very much alive and well as the network's grizzled owner, Emory Luddin, seems to be losing his grip on reality after being in a coma most of the first season. His wife Lydia is rumored to be courting a "big" media mogul to buy up shares of the network so she can take control. Rob hears the rumors and enlists the aid of a ".com" billionaire, Dan Falco, to act as a white knight and acquire a block of share in LGT before L.L. can take control. What Rob doesn't anticipate is that Falco's involvement may become more than he bargained for. LGT's resident back-stabber Lori Volpone is up to no good along with her scheming confidant, superagent Brad Advail, and Volpone's nemesis Casey Lennox.
Returning cast members in the second season include: Rob's son, Cary; Marty Hertz, LGT's vice president of business affairs; Russian gangster Nicky Krasnakov; and Hollywood agents Herb Kolodny and Brian Peske.