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ER Vs Jake in Progress

Published October 30, 2006 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of ABC.
John Stamos in Jake in Progress John Stamos in Jake in Progress
John Stamos may be ruling the ER now, but some of his fans are still mourning the loss of Jake in Progress. It turns out, ER had wanted Stamos for a while, and ABC’s disastrous handling of Jake made it a done deal.

Interview: Stamos on Jake in Progress and ER


“I don't think it had anything to do with ER,” said Stamos. “They picked up Jake in Progress for a second season. I really went crazy with ABC. I went mad the way they handled the whole situation. I was happy to do Jake in Progress again because I loved the show. I believed in the show and I think we made a really good half hour single camera comedy. What drove me nuts was they picked it up, I made 10-11 really strong episodes and they put it on one time. So for that, it was crazy. But they weren’t holding me. I think they really wanted the show. I think they thought it would go good with Heather Graham’s show. When that didn’t work out, they pulled me and promised to put me back on. That’s why I kept making those shows and it’s infuriating that they never aired them and I was fed up with ABC and happy to get the hell out of there. I felt like NBC needed me and wanted me and I think ER had the same feelings towards me and I couldn’t wait to get over there.”



Luckily, the ER folks remained loyal, so Stamos never had to worry that finishing his Jake run would prohibit joining the cast. “It was a great feeling to know that they wanted to have me there and I did a few episodes in between the Jake in Progress thing. It’s been hovering around me for so long and I just never thought I could add as much to the show as I can now. I felt like there’s a place for me on the show and I’m not getting in the way of anybody, and I felt this when I was in the theater too when I replaced people or come to a show that was already up and going. I feel like I can come on and bring a different dynamic and kind of spin the rest of the characters into different places. If people are feeling kind of comfortable, I can kind of come in and shake stuff up. I just felt it was never the right time to do that until now so I didn’t think it would have worked as much.”

ER airs Thursday nights at 10PM on NBC.

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