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Jack's Place is an American drama series that aired from May 26, 1992 to July 13, 1993 on ABC. The series was about a retired jazz musician named Jack Evans (Hal Linden) who runs a restaurant where romances tend to start. The waitress, Chelsea, was played by Finola Hughes and the bartender Greg was played by John Dye.

Jack's Place
GenreDrama
Created byAmy Holden Jones
StarringHal Linden
Finola Hughes
John Dye
Composer(s)David Schwartz
Bill Elliott
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18
Production
Executive producer(s)David Tyron King
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time48 mins.
Production company(s)ABC Productions
Release
Original networkABC
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseMay 26, 1992 (1992-05-26) –
July 13, 1993 (1993-07-13)

HistoryEdit

A first attempt at the series, in 1991, starred Lou Rawls in a never-aired pilot. "ABC liked the idea but not the execution, I guess," his successor, Hal Linden, said the following year. ""So they hired a new producer, Scott Brazil, who rewrote it, recast it and got me on board." Linden speculated that his casting came from the character being "a former musician and bandleader performer, and so am I. Maybe they were going on that."[1]

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (1992)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"I See Cupid, I See France"Kristoffer TaboriDaphne Pollon & David CastroMay 26, 1992 (1992-05-26)
22"What's New?"TBATBAJune 9, 1992 (1992-06-09)
33"Solo"TBATBAJune 16, 1992 (1992-06-16)
44"Everything Old Is New Again"TBATBAJune 23, 1992 (1992-06-23)
55"Forever"TBATBAJune 30, 1992 (1992-06-30)
66"Romance Takes a Curtain"TBATBAJuly 7, 1992 (1992-07-07)

Season 2 (1993)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
71"An Affair to Vaguely Remember"TBATBAJanuary 12, 1993 (1993-01-12)
82"Watch Me Pull a Dream Out of My Hat"Miles WatkinsTBAJanuary 14, 1993 (1993-01-14)
93"The Seventh Meal"Paul LazarusNicholas Sagan & Linda SalzmanJanuary 21, 1993 (1993-01-21)
104"Who Knew?"TBATBAJanuary 28, 1993 (1993-01-28)
115"Forever and Ever"TBATBAFebruary 4, 1993 (1993-02-04)
126"Gypsies, Champs and Thieves"TBATBAFebruary 11, 1993 (1993-02-11)
137"Play It Again, Jack"TBATBAJune 8, 1993 (1993-06-08)
148"The Pipes Are Calling"TBATBAJune 15, 1993 (1993-06-15)
159"The Hands of Time"TBATBAJune 22, 1993 (1993-06-22)
1610"Something Wonderful This Way Comes"TBATBAJune 29, 1993 (1993-06-29)
1711"Faithful Henry"TBATBAJuly 6, 1993 (1993-07-06)
1812"True Love Ways"Larry RapaportScott ShepardJuly 13, 1993 (1993-07-13)

ReceptionEdit

The show was slated to simply be shown in the summer, but did well enough in the ratings that ABC decided to pick up the series for more episodes.[2] Although initially having some success with audiences reviews tended toward the negative. Hence, Entertainment Weekly deemed it "drearily sentimental and banal"[3] while Jon Burlingame was slightly more positive, describing it as a happy and unthreatening.[4] Both reviewers compared it to The Love Boat and Cheers.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lovece, Frank (Week of May 12, 1992). "'Jack's Place': Hal Linden Patrols a New Precinct". Newspaper Enterprise Association. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Carter, Bill (August 26, 1992). "Summer TV Tryouts Find Permanent Homes for Fall". The New York Times, syndicated i The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved July 28, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ Tucker, Ken (May 22, 1992). "TV Review: Jack's Place (1992)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  4. ^ Burlingame, Jon (January 12, 1993). "'Jack's Place' Will Leave You Happy". United Feature Syndicate via The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved July 28, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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