TV Series | TV-PG | | Comedy
Jan Hooks said she got a lot of very negative feedback from fans when she tried to step into the void left by Jean Smart's departure. She told the Orlando Sentinel at the time she didn't blame them:"Jan Hooks doesn't blame all those loyal Designing Women fans who have expressed cranky outrage over the show's major personality overhaul this season. "I was a fan of the show myself before I was chosen to be on it," says Hooks, who plays dizzily sweet Karlene Frazier, one of two new characters on the CBS show this season. "I would have been doing the same thing the fans were. I'd be yelling, 'Who do you think you are?!'" Jan Hooks as Karlene Frazier actually went over better than the other replacement that season: Julia Duffy as Allison Sugarbaker. The network and the fans immediately reacted with strong disapproval of Duffy/Allison; and the word was the network was about to fire Duffy before she jumped ship at the end of one season. Hooks, conversely, after some initial resistance from fans, ended up being very well received with fans, critics and network executives; and ended up staying with the show until the series finale at the end of the next season.
Mary Jo Shively:
We think that your friend, Monette might be practicing the oldest profession.
Charlene: You think that Monette is a carpenter?
In several episodes the characters reference going to the fast-food restaurant Carl's Jr. There are no Carl's Jr. restaurants in the Southeast. In this region they have always been Hardee's.