Hope & Faith
is an American sitcom
that aired for three seasons on ABC
from September 26, 2003 to May 2, 2006. For its first two seasons the show was part of a revived TGIF
The show starred Faith Ford as Hope Shanowski and Kelly Ripa as Faith Fairfield. Ford played a homemaker with a husband (played by Ted McGinley) and three children. Ripa played her sister, a soap opera star whose character was killed off, leading her to move in with Hope's family. The show was based in part on the life of its creator, Joanna Johnson, a former cast member of The Bold and the Beautiful. The show featured guest stars such as Tony Curtis, Dean Cain, Robert Wagner, Regis Philbin (Ripa's co-host on Live with Regis and Kelly), Kathie Lee Gifford, Jenny McCarthy, Jaclyn Smith, Louise McCafferty ,and Mark Consuelos (Ripa's husband).
The show was primarily filmed at New York City's Silvercup East, a sister studio to Silvercup Studios, to accommodate Ripa's schedule with Live with Regis and Kelly.
In early November 2003 the show helped ABC
tie for the lead in Friday night viewership, attracting an audience of around twelve million. By February 2004, ABC ordered four more episodes for the show's first season, for a total of 26 episodes; as of then, Hope & Faith
was being watched by around nine million viewers each week. It continued at that level for March, though by mid-April, when the show was renewed for a second season, it was down to 6.8 million viewers and a 57th-place showing in the ratings.
The show's Nielsen Ratings during the 2005-2006 season continued to weaken slightly. In its time slot Hope & Faith often placed third, behind Three Wishes and Threshold; when Threshold was swapped with Close to Home, the show continued to place third. The four episodes broadcast during November sweeps averaged 6.52 million viewers, with weekly rankings ranging from 63rd to 77th. Its rankings placed it at or near the bottom for all 2005 primetime shows airing on the Big Three broadcasting networks.
ABC announced on January 18, 2006 that it was benching Hope & Faith for the February sweeps to make room for an expanded edition of Dancing with the Stars. The show began to air its remaining episodes from March 21, 2006 on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET against American Idol. In May 2006, ABC announced that that the show would be cancelled when it unveiled its Fall 2006 lineup.
All 73 episodes were picked up by the U.S. television network WE: Women's Entertainment, as the total number of produced episodes was short of what was required for American television syndication, which is 100 episodes.
||U.S. ratings |
|| September 23, 2003
|| May 14, 2004
|| 8.23 million (77th place) |
|| September 24, 2004
|| May 6, 2005
|| 6.9 million (88th place) |
|| September 30, 2005
|| May 2, 2006
|| 5.8 million (103rd place) |
- Faith Fairfield (Kelly Ripa). Faith is Hope's celebrity sister. We know that she was on Star Search, and starred as Ashley Storm and her evil twin Angela on the fictional soap opera "The Sacred and the Sinful". Faith is lazy, and makes Hope wait on her. She always hatches a scheme and involves her sister. She has tried many times to get an acting job, but always fails. In season two, one of her acting schemes involved her and her sister creating a catering business, and she ends up being professional caterers, she also claims to be the one to have came up with the idea of the internet as she has the sketches.
- Hope Fairfield-Shanowski (Faith Ford). Hope is the matriarch of the family. She is usually the most sensible one, and is always reluctant to go along with her sister's schemes. She is married to Charley and has 3 kids, Sydney, Haley, and Justin. She likes to bake and garden, and eventually has her own catering business.
- Charley Shanowski (Ted McGinley). Charley is Hope's husband. He dislikes Faith, and is always trying to get her to leave. He is an orthodontist. He likes watching sports and is a fan of Faith's former baseball playing boyfriend The Gooch.
- Sydney Shanowski (Nicole Paggi, 2003- 2004; Megan Fox, 2004- 2006). Sydney is Hope and Charley's oldest daughter. She particularly likes spending time with her Aunt Faith, whom she sees as way cooler than her mother. She is portrayed as popular, vain, boy crazy, and kind of ditzy.
- Haley Shanowski (Macey Cruthird). Haley is Hope and Charley's middle daughter. She is portrayed as the smart child who gets promoted to high school in season two. She is also caring and an animal activist. Sometimes she belittles her older sister because Haley is smarter than her.
- Justin Shanowski (Jansen Panettiere, pilot episode only; Paulie Litt, series). Justin is Hope and Charley's youngest and only son. He is smart and is known to act like an adult with his mature interests (such as Frank Sinatra). He usually pals around with his dad, and likes his Aunt.
- Jack Fairfield (Robert Wagner). Jack is Hope and Faith's father. Ever since his wife (Hope and Faith's mother) Mary Jo died, he started dating women who are half his age. The reason he married Hope and Faith's mother is because she was pregnant with Hope. He also had an affair with another woman when his marriage with Hope and Faith's mother was on the rocks, and had an illegitimate son named Jay.
- Gary "The Gooch" Gucharez (Mark Consuelos). The Gooch is a baseball player, who ruined his baseball career when he didn't catch an easily catchable ball. At first he doesn't like Faith, but later they end up dating. He moves to Japan when he gets a baseball job offer. He and Faith elope in the season three premiere, but they get a divorce. Even though they get a divorce, he comes back in a later episode and they start to date again.
- Edwin (Brett Murphy). Edwin plays Haley's boyfriend. He is portrayed as a smart nerd who has many allergies and asthma. He appeared in five episodes; "Hope Has No Faith", "Silent Night, Opening Night", "Mismatch", "Faith Scare-Field", and "The Gooch"
- Mandi Ragner (Jenny McCarthy). Mandi has been Faith's best friend since they were in school. Mandi dates Hope and Faith's father Jack for one episode. She comes back in a later episode and tells their father that she's pregnant with his child. He planned to marry her, but when the baby was born it was obvious it wasn't his. She appeared in three episodes; "Jack's Back", "Natal Attraction", and "Stand By Your Mandi".
- Handsome Hal Halverson (Regis Philbin). Hansome Hal is a successful used car salesman. He uses celebrities and makes fools of them in his commercials. In his first episode he makes a fool out of Faith in his commercials. In his second episode he makes a fool out of the Gooch in his commercials. And in his final episode he loses his car dealership and is broke. Faith decides to be nice and invites to stay with him. He has a scheme for him and Faith to host a morning talk show. The producers love him, but they tell him to dump Faith. He appeared in one episode each season; "Car Commercial", "Another Car Commercial", and " Homeless Hal".
Turkish adaptation of the series, titled Belalı Baldız, began in September 2005 on ATV.Lead actors and actresses are Berna Laçin(Hope),Nurgül Yeşilçay(Faith) and Kenan Işık(Charlie). Reruns began in July 2008 on TürkMax.