Maybe This Time
|Maybe This Time|
|Created by||Michael Jacobs
Susan Estelle Jansen
|Written by||Amy Engelberg
Susan Estelle Jansen
|Directed by||David Trainer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||18|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Jacobs
Brian J. Cowan
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Michael Jacobs Productions
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original release||September 15, 1995– February 17, 1996|
The series stars Marie Osmond as a mother and recent divorcee running the family bakery with her mother (Betty White) while raising her 11-year-old daughter (Ashley Johnson). The show's supporting cast includes Amy Hill, Craig Ferguson and Dane Cook, who joined the cast midway through its run.
|Marie Osmond||Julia Wallace|
|Ashley Johnson||Gracie Wallace|
|Amy Hill||Kay Ohara|
|Craig Ferguson||Logan McDonough|
|Robert Cicchini||Nick Sr.|
The series revolved around two elements, the relationships between three generations of women and the bakery which the elder two owned and operated in Haverford, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Thirtysomething Julia Wallace (Osmond), recovering from a divorce, puts her work running the bakery with her mother Shirley (White) and raising her daughter Gracie (Johnson) over trying to find romance once again. Julia's take comes much to the objection to the man-obsessed Shirley (a variation of White's Sue Ann Nivens from Mary Tyler Moore) and the pre-adolescent Gracie who was waiting for her first kiss at the series outset. Outside of the opposite sex, the dynamics of the relationships between the three characters are explored.
Julia and Shirley were helped at the bakery by Scottish émigré Logan McDonough (Ferguson) whose views complemented those of his bosses. The most frequently seen customer on the series was Kay Ohara (Hill), owner of the pawn shop down the street from the bakery. Assorted other townspeople also came in and out of the bakery as well.
Midway through the run, two other characters were added. Kyle (Cook), the quarterback of the football team at an unnamed local college, came in to help out at the bakery while Gracie gained an on-again, off-again boyfriend in the streetwise Nicky (Ross Malinger). The introduction of Nicky coincided with Julia dating his father, Nick Sr. (Robert Cicchini) though their date did not progress any further unlike their children.
Boy Meets World connection
The episode "Acting Out" featured Ben Savage, Rider Strong and William Daniels making cameo appearances as Cory Matthews, Shawn Hunter and George Feeny, their characters from Michael Jacobs's other ABC sitcom Boy Meets World. However, the two series do not exist in the same fictional universe as they appeared in the form of television characters in a fictional episode of Boy Meets World being watched by Gracie, who later had a waking dream about them.
|Episode #||Episode title||Original airdate|
|1-1||"Please Re-Lease Me"||September 15, 1995|
|1-2||"Maybe This Time"||September 16, 1995|
|1-3||"Gracie Under Fire"||September 23, 1995|
|1-4||"Out, Out, Damn Radio Spot!"||September 30, 1995|
|1-5||"Snitch Doggy-Dogg"||October 14, 1995|
|1-6||"Beasy Body"||October 28, 1995|
|1-7||"Julia's Day Off"||November 4, 1995|
|1-8||"Coach Julia"||November 11, 1995|
|1-9||"The Other Mother"||November 25, 1995|
|1-10||"The Catch"||December 16, 1995|
|1-11||"Judgement Day"||December 23, 1995|
|1-12||"Nick at Night"||January 6, 1996|
|1-13||"Break a Leg"||January 13, 1996|
|1-14||"Lucky Puck"||January 20, 1996|
|1-15||"Acting Out"||January 26, 1996|
|1-16||"Stand Up Your Man"||February 3, 1996|
|1-17||"St. Valentine's Day Massacre"||February 10, 1996|
|1-18||"Whose Life Is It Anyway?"||February 17, 1996|
The series initially entered the Top 20 with the debut of its preview episode on September 15, 1995, but later ranked #47 in its Saturday night timeslot. ABC canceled the series after 18 episodes.
|1996||Young Artist Awards||Nominated||Best Performance by a Young Actress - TV Comedy Series||Ashley Johnson|
|Best Performance by a Young Actor - Guest Starring Role TV Series||Chris Miller|