|Creator:||Stephen J. Cannell, Frank Lupo|
|Country of Origin:||US|
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Wiseguy was a show based around Vinnie Terranova, an undercover Fed, and his irascible handler, Frank McPike. Each new undercover assignment set up an arc of episodes, unusually so for its era; there were roughly two arcs per season, filled out with occasional standalone eps. Each arc introduced new bad guys.
The show lasted three years in its original form; another 1/2 year of 4th season after Vinnie's actor left. At the time the show was on the air, TV Guide mentioned the homoeroticism of the plots.
- Steelgrave arc -- possibly best arc of all; Vinnie/Steelgrave is (almost) canon by the final ep of the arc
- Profitt arc -- Vinnie is sent to take down Mel Profitt and his sister/lover Susan (Vinnie is canonically involved with Susan); meets Roger Lococco
- White Supremacy arc -- former Senator Fred Thompson was the bad guy in this arc.
- Garment industry (aka Rag Trade) arc (Vinnie is hurt in hospital; they bring in a new Wiseguy)
- Dead Dog (aka Music industry) arc - Tim Curry plays the bad guy
- 2nd Mafia (aka Mob Wars) arc -- Vinnie has a girlfriend this arc
- Washington D.C. arc -- Mr Terranova goes to Washington
- Lynchboro-Seattle arc -- Vinnie freaks out, does a runner
--- 4th season
- Finding Vinnie
- just started a second arc when the show was canceled.
Wiseguy was primarily a slash fandom, based around four characters: the titular Wiseguy, Vinnie Terranova, an undercover fed; his handler, Frank, his first mark, Sonny Steelgrave, and another morally-wounded undercover agent he runs into in his second case, Roger Lococco. With the exception of a few Roger/Frank stories, virtually all pairings are Vinnie/someone else.
Possibly because the show's writing was so good, and because arcs don't leave the narrative holes that episodic television does, possibly because of the multiple pairings, possibly because there was not much of a gen fandom to lean on, the slash fandom never grew that large.
In 1996, the Media Monitor also listed a Wiseguy fan site that offered: "2 cast photos (1 from the series and 1 from the recent TV movie), an episode guide, filmographies of the series' stars, and more." An archived copy can be found here.
Notable stories and zines
- A River That Runs Both Ways -- a slash novel by Melody Clark, the sequel is A Consortium of Light
- McPikus Interruptus #1-3, anthology zine published by Manacles Press
- Risk, anthology zine published by Tashery Shannon, 1/2 Wiseguy, 1/2 Blake's 7
- Sanctuary - anthology zine published by April Valentine
- Knocking Over The Table by astolat -- with art by X
- The Terranova Situation, epic zine novel series
For a more complete list see Wiseguy/Fanzines.
- Strong Enough by Jill -- an awesome early Vinnie/Sonny vid (1990s)
- Nobody's Side by JAC aka Judy Chien -- excellent Roger, Roger/Vinnie vid (1990s)
- Lives in the Balance by Media Cannibals -- excellent Roger vid (1990s)
- Sweetest Perfection by Media Cannibals -- great and creepy Mel and Susan vid (1990s)
- Can't Keep a Good Man Down by Media Cannibals -- the definitive Sonny vid (1990s)
- Wicked Game by Lynn C. - a Vinnie/Sonny vid that captures their complicated obsession (1990s)
- Nights in White Satin by Lynn C. and Tashery Shannon - an impressive blending in music and soundtrack in the analog era to retell the arc of Sonny and Vinnie's relationship (1990s)
- Play Me Backwards by Gayle F. and Morgan Dawn - a Vinnie character study vid that focuses in his nervous breakdown (1990s)
- Take Me Out by Barkley and Destina -- Vinnie/Sonny masterpiece (2000s)
Wikipedia has a good Wiseguy article