"THE POWERS THAT BE"
This series, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, revolves around the life of Democratic Senator William Powers (John Forsythe, who starred in Dynasty), an ally of Bill Clinton. Senator Powers is a good guy, but, even after twenty-six years in Washington, D.C., lacks the political smarts to survive in national politics. Fortunately, Senator Powers is backed up by his family and staff, who, mostly, do have the political qualities necessary for political life in Washington, D.C.
Family: Senator Powers's wife, Margaret (Holland Taylor, Evelyn Harper on Two and a Half Men), sees herself as the woman behind the man, and believes that her top priority is to maintain her status in Washington. Margaret and William Power's ditzy daughter Caitlyn Van Horne (Valerie Mahaffey; Eve on Northern Exposure) is married to US Representative Theodore Van Horne (David Hyde Pierce, Dr. Niles Crane on Frasier). Theodore registers a rather low almost zero on the political and marital power scale, and is constantly looking for a way out of his life, but is a little too submissive to follow through on exiting. Theodore and Caitlyn's son is Pierce (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Solomon on 3rd Rock From the Sun). Pierce might rather run and play with kids his own age, but must always be ready to reflect well on the family (he is always dressed smartly for anyone that wants to take a photograph). Rounding out the family is Sophie Lipkin (Robin Bartlett, Debbie Buchman on Mad About You), the Senator's illegitimate daughter, the product of a wartime romance. Sophie appears to exhibit a stable personality.
Staff: Margaret must fight with Jordan Miller (Eve Gordon) for Senator Powers affections. Miller is Senator Powers Administrative Assistant, and mistress. Further assisting the senator is Press Secretary Bradley Grist (Peter MacNicol, Alan Birch on Chicago Hope, John Cage on Ally McBeal, and who is currently in a 2005 CBS midseason show Numbers), who sees himself as a man of power and influence, but in reality, might be less powerful and competent than he thinks. Rounding out the staff is the overworked, underappreciated maid, Charlotte (Elizabeth Berridge, Officer Eggers on The John Larroquette Show).
After Clinton's presidential victory, The Powers That Be was abruptly canceled. The two events might not in fact be connected, and might just be coincidence.
John Forsythe - Senator William Powers
Holland Taylor - Margaret Powers
Valerie Mahaffey - Caitlyn Van Horne
David Hyde Pierce - Rep. Theodore Van Horne
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Pierce Van Horne
Peter MacNicol - Bradley Grist
Eve Gordon - Jordon Miller
Elizabeth Berridge - Charlotte
Robin Bartlett - Sophie Lipkin
1. 07-Mar-1992 The Love Child (1)
2. 07-Mar-1992 The Love Child (2)
3. 14-Mar-1992 Bill Gets Shot
4. 21-Mar-1992 My Mother, My Self
5. 28-Mar-1992 Dirty Politics
6. 04-Apr-1992 Kiss Me Caitlyn
7. 11-Apr-1992 Bill and Margaret's Excellent Adventure
8. 18-Apr-1992 Charlerella
9. 07-Nov-1992 A Chicken in Every Pot
10. 07-Nov-1992 Bill's Dead...Not
11. 14-Nov-1992 I'm Your Dummy
12. 21-Nov-1992 How Sharper Than a Servant's Tooth
13. 28-Nov-1992 The Intern
14. 05-Dec-1992 Sophie's Big Decision
15. 12-Dec-1992 Oh, Mack
16. 02-Jan-1993 St. Caitlyn of Shears
17. 19-Jan-1993 Having A Ball
19. 19-Jan-1993 Grammargate pt. 1
20. 19-Jan-1993 Grammargate Pt. 2
21. 06-June-1993 Grandma's Big Decision
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