KATIE JOPLIN, a new summer comedy series staring Park Overall ("Empty Nest," "Kindergarten Cop") and Jay Thomas ("Murphy Brown," "Love & War"), will debut on The WB on Monday, August 9, 9:30-10:00 p.m. ET.
In the series, Overall stars as a late-night talk radio host who could use some of the no-nonsense advice she dishes out to the forlorn and lovelorn of Philadelphia. The premiere episode, "I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia," finds Katie starting over in a brand new city where she and her teenage son, Grey (Jesse Head), hardly know a soul. Impressed with Katie's razor-sharp Southern wit and fierce opinions, FM radio station general manager Glen Shotz (Thomas) gives Katie her own advice show, even though her own personal life is in shambles and she has no radio experience whatsoever. Series stars also include Jim Rash ("The Naked Truth"), Simon Rex ("Felicity," "Jack & Jill") and newcomer Ana Reeder.
The premiere episode was written by Tom Seeley and Norm Gunzenhauser and directed by Steve Zuckerman. Created by Seeley and Gunzenhauser ("Murphy Brown"), who also serve as executive producers, the series is produced by Warner Bros. Television.
KATIE JOPLIN replaces FOR YOUR LOVE, which had been airing on Monday nights in addition to its regular Thursday broadcast, since July.
In another scheduling change, encore performances of Aaron Spelling's action-packed drama RESCUE 77 will begin airing on Sundays 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET, starting on August 8. The series will remain in the timeslot until The WB rolls out its new fall lineup in September.
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