Jack's Place

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Jack's Place
Genre Drama
Starring Hal Linden
Finola Hughes
John Dye
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 18
Production
Executive producer(s) David Tyron King
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 48 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Audio format Stereo
Original run May 26, 1992 (1992-05-26) – July 13, 1993 (1993-07-13)

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.

History[edit]

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]

Reception[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  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 (Aug 26, 1992). "Summer TV Tryouts Find Permanent Homes for Fall". The New York Times, syndicated i The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  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. 

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