While NBC prepares for it's Spring and Summer programming schedule, a new, almost familiar but misleading title will join the lineup this Spring as a test for a spot in their regular Fall schedule. Hill Street Brews.
Not your expected, overplayed and heavily plagiarized TV cop show, Hill Street Brews will be based in New York and features one man's journey into the cut throat, humorous but competitive world of beer micro brewing. Set in Midtown, the Micro brewing bar and restaurant situation comedy will feature many past and beloved NBC characters as bar/restaurant regulars.
The owner of Hill Street Brews will be Frank Furillo, captain from the cop show of nearly the same name, while bartending sidekick characters will include Carla and Woody from Cheers fame, and Elaine O'Conner-Nardo from 'Taxi' as Frank's love interest.
Bar regulars will include spicy characters from multiple former NBC hit shows as well. Norman Buntz from Hill Street Blues, along with Cliff Clavin and Norm characters from Cheers will provide the gritty and "blue" comic relief. Drop in regulars to the show will also include Mick Belker from "Blues" as the unshaven undercover cop who prefers to growl like a dog rather than talk through his frustrations, Bobby Wheeler played by Jeff Conaway in Taxi who will assume the totally believable role of local drunk, and Reverend Jim Ingatowski from Taxi who will regale the audience with his now infamous LSD articulated reasoning.
None of the producers of Hill Street Brews were willing to add Dr. Frasier Crane to the cast, explaining that his ego and Kelsey Grammer's head, wouldn't fit in the room.