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Jake in Progress Didn't UPN once...

Jake in ProgressDidn't UPN once have a show called Jake 2.0? Too bad. ABC could have used the title, because that's what this second-season premiere essentially was: an updated pilot for the series' new direction. What that direction is, alas, remains to be seen. John Stamos and Co. have tweaked the Jerk in Progress angle, giving Jake an ex to pine over in an effort to make him a little more vulnerable. They should have gone for a little more funny. Say what you want about Stamos (and you probably want to say something about Full House, or his hair, or the Beach Boys' "Kokomo" video), he's just a likable guy. But is likability reason enough to watch a situation comedy short on other criteria? And what was with the occasional, completely unnecessary split scree read more

John Stamos' Jake Makes Progress

John Stamos of Jake in Progress

Seemingly since the day ABC and John Stamos agreed to put on a show together, Jake in Progress has been a work in progress. Originally envisioned as a real-time (i.e., 24-style, probably minus the gunplay) chronicle of a couple's first date, it dropped the gimmick in favor of a traditional single-camera take on hotshot publicist Jake Phillips' wild and woman-filled life. Now entering its second season (premiering tonight at 9:30 pm/ET), Jake has a new look (sharkskin suits out!), a new pal (Hidden Hills' Dondre Whitfield) and a "new" ex to pine for (NYPD Blue's Charlotte Ross). With those tweaks and others, everything's "jake" more than ever for the series' star, who phoned TVGuide.com last week from Miami. TVGuide.com: I had read on Page Six or somewhere that you'd be among the bold-faced names New Year's Eve-ing in Miami. Is it strange to have your whereabouts mon read more

John Stamos' Jake Makes Some Progress

John Stamos of Jake in Progress

Seemingly since the day ABC and John Stamos agreed to put on a show together, Jake in Progress has been a work in progress. Originally envisioned as a real-time (i.e., 24-style, probably minus the gunplay) chronicle of a couple's first date, it dropped the gimmick in favor of a traditional single-camera take on hotshot publicist Jake Phillips' wild and woman-filled life. Now entering its second season (premiering Jan. 9 at 9:30 pm/ET), Jake has a new look (sharkskin suits out!), a new pal (Hidden Hills' Dondre Whitfield) and a "new" ex to pine for (NYPD Blue's Charlotte Ross). With those tweaks and others, everything's "jake" more than ever for the series' star, who just yesterday phoned TVGuide.com from Miami. TVGuide.com: I read on Page Six or somewhere that you'd be among the bold-faced names New Year's Eve-ing in Miami. Is it strange to have your whereabouts monitored so?J read more

Now that the dust has settled...

Now that the dust has settled a bit on all the 2006 mid-season changes that will be kicking in as soon as the holidays are over, here's my night-by-night scorecard of the imminent battles we'll be covering a month or so from now. Monday The big news is the return of 24 on Fox, with a four-hour blast January 15-16, followed by all-new episodes through the rest of the season. For the first two months, Skating with Celebrities (a rip-off of Dancing with the Stars) will be 24's lead-in. But come mid-March, Prison Break will return. What a one-two punch that promises to be! CBS will coast along by capping off its popular comedies with read more

ER First things first. Why all...

ERFirst things first. Why all the hype about John Stamos? He was hardly featured this week or last and that's it — it was a two-week appearance. All those "Very Special Episode"-type promos that said "John Stamos joins ER…. " for what? Like Bette Midler brilliantly sings in her new Peggy Lee tribute CD: "Is That All There Is?" OK, I said it. Besides that let down (cue Debbie Downer noise), I quite enjoyed tonight's overly hyped "crash episode." This week certainly was a busy one for plane crashes, what with Wednesday night's Lost tailies flashback episode and now this. I knew from the promos that one of tonight's victims would be tennis star Serena Williams (she was pretty darned good), but who knew Uncle Leo from Seinfeld would be another crash victim read more

ER OK — how many of you felt very...

EROK — how many of you felt very old during that opening scene? C. Thomas Howell has not aged well. Ponyboy has grey hair! After I got over that initial shock, I quickly became disturbed because Ponyboy was playing a psychopath rapist. And not just any old rapist — this one kidnapped and raped a 10-year-old girl. Oh, Ponyboy. Then who comes to the rescue as a paramedic? None other than John Stamos. Now there's someone who has aged extremely well and John is three years older than Thomas. I'm assuming John will be doing more next week since this is only a two-week guest appearance because he gave us next to nothing tonight. I mean, anybody could've played that paramedic who ended up trying to get a date out of Neela. Speaking of Neela, I love how they are making Parminder read more

CASTING ABOUT

Dondre Whitfield (Hidden Hills) has joined the cast of ABC's mid-season returnee Jake in Progress, playing a divorced college pal of John Stamos' character.... Norbert Leo Butz, a Tony winner for his take on the Steve Martin role in Broadway's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, has been signed to star in a CBS comedy series that most likely will not be titled "Everybody Loves Norbert." read more

SHORT CUTS

NBC has tapped comedian Howie Mandel to host Deal or No Deal, an "exciting game show that contains nail-biting drama and hefty cash prizes," says the Peacock.... Actress Polly Bergen has signed on to play first mom to Geena Davis on Commander in Chief. She first airs Nov. 29.... The incomparable Charlotte Ross has been cast as John Stamos' ex-fiancée on ABC's Jake in Progress, which kicks off its second season in January. Oh, great. Now I have to start watching Jake in Progress. — Additional reporting by Ali Gazan read more

The Bold and the Beautiful has...

The Bold and the Beautiful has fired soap starlet Shanelle Workman, whose real-life romances with John Stamos and American Idol's Constantine Maroulis were previously reported on by TVGuide.com. She last airs as Gaby, the tragic daughter of Stephanie's dead housekeeper, on Oct. 27. Word is Shanelle's dismissal came as a shock to her, though it's not all that surprising to viewers, since the saga of Gaby's green-card marriage to Thomas Forrester (Drew Tyler Bell) wasn't really going anywhere. In a diplomatic statement, B&B chief Brad Bell confirmed: "Shanelle Workman has been released from her contract. The decision was purely story line-dictated. Shanelle is a wonderful young actress and made a great contribution to The Bold and the Beautiful. We wish her every success in all of her future endeavors." (Keep read read more

OK, I know ER has been on a ...

Question: OK, I know ER has been on a long time, but I still want spoilers.


Answer: Exec producer David Zabel gave my colleague, Matt Webb Mitovich, the lowdown on John Stamos' two-episode arc this November. "You'll actually meet him in Episode 7," he says, "and then he's a major player in [Episode] 8, when a commuter plane crashes in a Chicago neighborhood." Stamos plays one of the paramedics on the scene, and Zabel likens the November sweeps episode to "a big action movie." The other central figures in the episode are Neela and Pratt.

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