Jake in Progress
This show was originally planned to use a gimmick à la 24, in which the entire season takes place in real time. The show would have focused on a date between Jake and his boss's sister, Kylie, played by Mädchen Amick. This gimmick was abandoned, and all of the characters except for Kylie were brought into the new concept of the show, which is a bit more traditional sitcom format. The comedy and style of the visuals works much more as a screwball comedy, than a traditional sitcom.
The remnants of this gimmick can be seen in two episodes that were shot before the change took place. These episodes are the pilot, and episode 11 Check, Please. What's interesting about this, is that these episodes were not only shown out of order, but at opposite ends of the season.
While the gimmick did look promising in those two episodes, the show works much better when it focuses on Jake and his interactions with his friends. Jake is a man being pulled in every conceivable direction all at once, and his juggling of personalities and egos is a main source of the shows comedy.
This show will return for a second season, which was a big surprise. ABC originally aired the show as a back-to-back hour, every week for a month, seeming to burn off the shows quickly. With passable ratings, ABC decided to roll the dice on a second season. In fact, star Wendie Malick, who plays Jake's boss had already agreed to appear in another show, but had to cancel those plans when Jake was picked up for a second season.
|John Stamos||Jake Philips||1||2|
|Ian Gomez||Adrian Grossman||1||2|
|Rick Hoffman||Patrick Van Dorn||1||2|
|Dondre T. Whitfield||Mark||2|
|Wendie Malick||Naomi Clark||1||2|
|Season One||March 13, 2005||April 21, 2005||13|
|Season Two||January 9, 2006||January 9, 2006||8|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
There are no DVD releases for this show.