"The Heights": The Only Cancelled TV Show With A No. 1 “Billboard” Hit

This TV show had poor ratings, but it’s theme song was a smash. posted on

1. “The Heights” was a short-lived TV drama that aired on Fox in 1992. Produced by Aaron Spelling, the show tried to capture the cool It factor of his hit series, “Beverly Hills, 90210.”

Aaron Spelling Prod. / Courtesy: Everett Collection

2. The show centered on a fictional band (called The Heights) made up of struggling twenty-somethings. Each episode featured one of their songs.

Aaron Spelling Prod. / Courtesy: Everett Collection

3. The show’s breakout star was Jamie Walters, who sang the lead vocals on the theme song and single “How Do You Talk to an Angel.”

Aaron Spelling Prod. / Courtesy: Everett Collection

4. The single “How Do You Talk to an Angel” reached No. 1 on the “Billboard Hot 100” on November 14, 1992; knocking Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” from the top spot.

In 1993, the song was nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics”, but it lost to “Sorry I Asked” by Liza Minnelli.

5. The show never really built an audience. After 12 episodes, and less than week after “How Do You Talk to an Angel” fell from the number one spot, the show was cancelled.

Aaron Spelling Prod. / Courtesy: Everett Collection

6. The Heights, “How Do You Talk to an Angel” video:

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