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''Action'' was a [[ScrewedByTheNetwork short-lived]] {{Fox}} series (September-December, 1999. One further episode was broadcast in August, 2000) , starring comedian Jay Mohr as ruthless movie producer Peter Dragon, who's just had the biggest bomb of his career, and is now trying to get his comeback movie, ''Beverly Hills Gun Club'', made. Not an easy task. Helping him is his new partner, Wendy Ward (IlleanaDouglas), and his [[HonoraryUncle Uncle]] Lonny (BuddyHackett). Also, there are Peter's assistant, [[StraightGay Stuart Glazer]], and the film's irritable, unsavvy writer, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Adam Rafkin]]. Together, they deal with prima donna actors, crazy directors and the arrogant studio head, Bobby G, who also happens to be Peter's ex-wife's StraightGay current husband. [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Should never have been cancelled.]]

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!!This TV series provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Peter ''constantly'' forgets Adam's name.
* AdamWesting: A lot of celebrities made cameos on this show, including SalmaHayek (who beats up Peter), SandraBullock (who beats up Peter), ScottWolf ([[VeryPunchableMan sensing a pattern here?]])...
* BadassGrandpa: Uncle Lonny
-->'''Lonnie''':You're threatening me? That's a laugh...I'm 79 years old. I've got one kidney, one ball and one lung. I take Viagra just to keep from peeing on my shoes, and you're threatening me? Who are you frightening?
* BiTheWay: Given Peter's reaction when Bobby G. disrobes, he could be.
* BloodBrothers: Hilariously inverted. A very drunk Peter declares he and Adam to be this, then stabs both himself and Adam through the hand with a toothpick. Adam's horrified reaction shows the feeling is ''not'' mutual.
* ButtMonkey: Stuart, especially when he complains that Peter is now taking movie advice from his "whore" (Wendy). Peter's response?
-->"She's not my whore, she's my prostitute. '''You're''' my whore."
* ClusterFBomb: Everyone, especially Peter.
* ComedicSociopathy
* CosmicPlaything: The entire series is based around Peter Dragon's fall from grace and his chance to claw his way back to the top of the heap. This trope is explicitly acknowledged and lampshaded when spoiled A-List star [[CloudCuckoolander Holden Van Dorn]] makes the mistake of claiming he has ''Bad Luck'' in front of [[ButtMonkey Peter...]]
-->'''Peter''': Hey, hey, hey... bad luck? Let me tell you something - thirty-three years old I had cancer of the mole, ''that's'' "bad luck". ''*to [[BadassGrandpa Lonnie]]*'' I'm calm! Heart attack at thirty-four is "bad luck". Overdosing the Director while [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] his wife in the hot tub, he's ''wearing water wings'' for christ's sakes! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis That! Is! Just! Sheer! STUPIDITY!!!]]
* {{Determinator}}: Peter, in spades. He may be a cold-hearted [[DirtyCoward amoral coward,]] but he is bound and determined to get to his place on top [[HumiliationConga no matter what it takes.]]
* DownerEnding: The result of being cancelled before it's main arc could be finished.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Peter does have a few stray morals lurking in his heart, though they usually manifest themselves at inopportune moments... like when his [[CloudCuckoolander drug-addled A-List star]] accidently [[spoiler: murders the director of his movie.]]
* EyeTake: When Peter realizes what a smarmy agent asking him to [[CrossesTheLineTwice cast a "falsely accused former football player" is really doing...]]
-->'''Peter''': You're pitching me OJ Simpson?!?
-->'''Agent''': Every kid knows his name!
-->'''Peter''': Yeah, every kid knows to ''stay away from him!'''
* GagPenis: Bobby G. [[SmugSnake He isn't shy about it either,]] typically whipping it out in front of Peter to end an argument.
* GenreBlind: Adam seems completely unaware of the kind of people he's dealing with.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Subverted; Wendy's more or less just as misanthropic as everybody else, but she at least has some good qualities.
* ImplausibleDeniability: When confronted with a furious SandraBullock, Peter denies he had anything to with releasing a sex tape featuring the two of them. Bullock then points out the '''[=DragonFire=] Films''' logo on the box, and adds that it's currently the #1 video in Taiwan.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: When Peter asks Stuart to get the bookish Jewish screenwriter Alan Rifkin to write his film, Stuart mistakenly signs the bookish Jewish screenwriter Adam Rafkin instead. Could also be a [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] of IdenticalLookingAsians.
* NarratingTheObvious: Invoked in-universe. On the above-mentioned sex tape, Peter keeps using SandraBullock's full name all through the act. Why? So the tape's viewers would know it was her.
* NoDeadBodyPoops: When [[spoiler:Titus Scroad]] drowns in his pool, Uncle Lonny isn't quite convinced he's dead, until he [Lonny] sees "The Turd in Question".
* ComicSutra: Provides the trope's page quote.
* StraightGay: Stuart and Bobby. And Cole. This is Hollywood, after all.
* TakeThat: Once it was clear that the show wasn't going to be renewed by Creator/{{FOX}}, the Creative Team took vicious aim at the [[Creator/MiramaxFilms Weinstein]] [[Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany Brothers]] with the ''[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Rothstein Brothers,]]'' portraying them as [[VillainousGlutton villainous gluttons]] who are [[EvilerThanThou even more morally bankrupt than Peter]].
* ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels: Explicitly invoked by an Orthodox Jewish investor when Peter attempts to give him a ''Beverly Hills Gun Club'' prayer shawl.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Pretty much everybody to some degree, but especially Peter.
* VeryPunchableMan: Either Peter's TooDumbToLive, or he simply doesn't care about getting the crap kicked out of him.
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