UPN Reboots 'Jake 2.0' For Full SeasonBy Caillan
November 6, 2003 - 11:34 AM
The Enterprise-Jake 2.0 science fiction combo will remain a fixture on UPN for the rest of the 2003-2004 season.
UPN today picked up Jake 2.0, an action-adventure series about a geek who becomes a superhero, for a full 22-episode season, according to the Hollywood Reporter. As is customary with freshman offerings, the series was initially only given a 13-episode order.
Jake 2.0's September debut attracted 2.7 million viewers, but ratings soon dropped as the baseball World Series proved stiff competition. Although the series bounced back last week to attract 2.4 million viewers, its Wednesday 9:00 p.m. predecessor, the now-cancelled Twilight Zone, was averaging more than 3 million viewers an episode at the same time last year.
UPN entertainment president Dawn Ostroff said the decision to order a full season was based on Jake 2.0's creative sucess rather than its ratings performance. "Jake 2.0 is a fresh twist on the superhero genre, and we're really pleased with the quality of the show, the talented cast and the creative team behind it," she said.
Created by The Chronicle scribe Silvio Horta, Jake 2.0 stars Christopher Gorham (Odyssey 5) as the title character with Marina Black (Six Feet Under) playing his love interest. Former Buffy and Angel stalwart David Greenwalt serves as executive producer.
The original report can be found here at Yahoo! News.