CHANGE OF WRITERS SANK BRIAN
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.’’