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AF­TER star­ring in the earnest fam­ily drama 7th Heaven then the ill-fated se­ries What About Brian?, Barry Wat­son rel­ished the chance to have a laugh with Christina Ap­ple­gate in the Chan­nel 7 sit­com Sa­man­tha Who?

What About Brian?— pro­duced by J.J. Abrams (right), the cre­ator of Lost and Fe­lic­ity — lasted only two sea­sons de­spite ini­tially at­tract­ing a cult fol­low­ing. ‘‘At the end of sea­son one they switched writ­ers and J.J. (Abrams) de­cided to go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion that, now looking back, was a mis­take,’’ Wat­son says.

‘‘I was just the hired hand at the time so I had no say in it.

‘‘But as ac­tors we felt that it re­ally wasn’t the show we signed on for.’’

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