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Jake in Progress

Jake in Progress is an American comedy series broadcast on ABC from 2005 to 2006. Created by Austin Winsberg, 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.

Jake in Progress
Genre Comedy
Created by Austin Winsberg
Starring John Stamos
Wendie Malick
Theme music composer Mark Kilian
Daniel Licht
Composer(s) Mark Kilian
David Kitay
William Levine
Daniel Licht
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21 (7 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Brad Grey
Jeffrey Richman
Peter Traugott
Austin Winsberg
Producer(s) Andrew Green
Jeffrey Morton
Ari Posner
John Stamos
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Brad Grey Television
20th Century Fox Television
Original network ABC
Original release March 13, 2005 (2005-03-13) – January 9, 2006 (2006-01-09)



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 averaged 5.5 million viewers in its first season and was initially canceled. However, the network reversed course and announced the show would return as the lead-out from a highly anticipated series, Emily's Reasons Why Not. The Jake character was softened somewhat in the second series in an effort to make him more relatable. The first night of the sitcom pairing fared poorly in the ratings;[1] after one week, ABC immediately scheduled a rerun of The Bachelor during the one-hour block for the following week, putting both shows on indefinite hiatus.[2] ABC confirmed on May 13 that Jake had been canceled.


Season 1 (2005)Edit

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1 1 "Pilot" Michael Spiller Austin Winsberg March 13, 2005 (2005-03-13) 1AKC79
2 2 "Stand By Your Man" Michael Spiller Linda Wallem March 13, 2005 (2005-03-13) 1AKC05
3 3 "Rivals and Departures" Michael Spiller Stephen Lloyd March 17, 2005 (2005-03-17) 1AKC03
4 4 "Ubusy?" Michael Spiller Jeffrey Richman March 17, 2005 (2005-03-17) 1AKC07
5 5 "Sign Language" Lev L. Spiro Chris Marcil March 24, 2005 (2005-03-24) 1AKC02
6 6 "Loose Thread" Peter Lauer Sam Johnson, Chris Marcil & Austin Winsberg March 24, 2005 (2005-03-24) 1AKC09
7 7 "Take a Number" Lev L. Spiro Sam Johnson March 31, 2005 (2005-03-31) 1AKC04
8 8 "Desperate Houseguy" Jeffrey Melman Chris Harris March 31, 2005 (2005-03-31) 1AKC06
9 9 "Harpy Birthday" Jeffrey Melman Stephen Lloyd April 7, 2005 (2005-04-07) 1AKC08
10 10 "Boys' Night Out" Joe Pennella Linda Wallem April 7, 2005 (2005-04-07) 1AKC10
11 11 "Check, Please" Michael Spiller Austin Winsberg April 14, 2005 (2005-04-14) 1AKC01
12 12 "Jake or the Fat Man" Michael Spiller Chris Harris April 21, 2005 (2005-04-21) 1AKC11
13 13 "Henry Porter and the Coitus Interruptus" Michael Spiller Austin Winsberg April 21, 2005 (2005-04-21) 1AKC12

Season 2 (2006)Edit

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
14 1 "The Lying, The Watch and Jake's Wardrobe" Michael Spiller Bob Kushell & Austin Winsberg January 9, 2006 (2006-01-09) 2AKC01
15 2 "The Annie-dote" Michael Spiller Bob Kushell & Austin Winsberg  () 2AKC02
16 3 "Eyebrow Girl vs. Smirk Face" Paul Lazarus Kerry Ehrin  () 2AKC03
17 4 "The Hot One"
 () 2AKC04
18 5 "PB & J" Ken Whittingham Andrew Green  () 2AKC05
19 6 "The Elaine-Elaine" Michael Spiller Jeff Greenstein  () 2AKC06
20 7 "Notting Hell"
 () 2AKC07
21 8 "The Two Jakes" Victor Nelli, Jr. Jane Espenson  () 2AKC08


  1. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (2007). TV Year, Volume 1: The Prime Time 2005-2006 Season. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 228. ISBN 1-55783-684-1. 
  2. ^ Susman, Gary (2006-01-18). "RIP: TV's midseason casualties". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 

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