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Jake in Progress

Jake in Progress was an American comedy series broadcast on ABC. It began in the 2004-2005 television season. The main character is Jake (John Stamos), a New York City publicist-to-the-stars who tries to change his womanizing ways as he tries to find the woman of his dreams. Stamos' co-stars in the show are Naomi (Wendie Malick), Jake's boss at the Magnum PR Agency; Adrian (Ian Gomez), Jake's best friend; and Patrick (Rick Hoffman), the performance artist who always appears at the most inopportune times.

The show was originally conceived as a real-time comedy; the first season was to show the first date of Jake and a woman. This was dropped during development, and the show became more conventional and episodic. The first aired episode reflected the original plan, and covering the first half-hour of a date.

Averaging only 5.5 million viewers in its first season, it was surprisingly picked up for a second season for 2005-2006. The season two premiere episode aired on January 9, 2006, immediately following the first episode of Emily's Reasons Why Not. Both did poorly in the ratings; ABC immediately scheduled a rerun of The Bachelor during their timeslots for the following week, reduced the order for new episodes of both series, and put them both on indefinite hiatus. No additional episodes of either series have been aired, and ABC confirmed on May 13 that Jake had been cancelled.

Producers of ER originally planned to add Stamos to the cast for the 2005-06 TV season, but the surprise pickup of Jake in Progress for a second season curtailed these plans until that series was officially cancelled. Stamos later joined ER for the 2006-2007 TV season.


Season 1: 2005

Episode # Name Airdate Production Code
1 Pilot March 13 2005 1AKC79
2 Stand By Your Man March 13, 2005 1AKC05
3 Rivals and Departures March 17, 2005 1AKC03
4 Ubusy? March 17, 2005 1AKC07
5 Sign Language March 24, 2005 1AKC02
6 Loose Thread March 24, 2005 1AKC09
7 Take a Number March 31, 2005 1AKC04
8 Desperate Houseguy March 31, 2005 1AKC06
9 Harpy Birthday April 7, 2005 1AKC08
10 Boys' Night Out April 7, 2005 1AKC10
11 Check, Please (2) April 14, 2005 1AKC01
12 Jake or the Fat Man April 21, 2005 1AKC11
13 Henry Porter and the Coitus Interruptus April 21, 2005 1AKC12

Season 2: 2006

Episode # Name Airdate Production Code
14 The Lying, The Watch and Jake's Wardrobe January 9, 2006 2AKC01
15 Eyebrow Girl vs. Smirk Face Unaired 2AKC02
16 The Hot One Unaired 2AKC03
17 The Annie-dote Unaired 2AKC04
18 PB & J Unaired 2AKC05
19 The Elaine-Elaine Unaired 2AKC06
20 Notting Hell Unaired 2AKC07
21 The Two Jakes Unaired 2AKC08

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