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roduction and broadcast history Tom Seeley and Norm Gunzenhauser created Katie Joplin and were its executive producers. Author Richard Irvin wrote that it was similar to the sitcom Murphy Brown, which was also produced by Seeley and Gunzenhauser. Katie Joplin's premise was developed in 1998 and based on a pitch that Overall made to The WB during a presentation. She said the series "brings the mountain spirit and mountain wisdom to the city of brotherly love", and described its tone as "very upbeat (and) very odd". Warner Bros. Television produced the series, which was filmed in front of a studio audience. The WB Television Network (The WB) had originally optioned Katie Joplin as a mid-season replacement for the 1998–1999 television season. The network had considered it along with Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane, Baby Blues, and Movie Stars for its Sunday line-up. It was delayed to 1999 due to unspecified production issu es. The WB and Warner Bros. Television were disappointed with the series, and stopped production in October 1998. Katie Joplin was developed under three working titles: You're With Kate, You're on With Kate, Untitled Park Overall Project, and Citizen Kate. Katie Joplin premiered on August 9, 1999, and the final episode aired on September 6, 1999. Seven episodes were filmed, although only five aired. The series carried a TV-PG rating for suggestive dialogue and coarse or crude language. Broadcast on Monday nights at 9:30 pm EST, each episode lasts 30 minutes with commercials. Katie Joplin received the lowest ratings for any original WB program that aired in the time slot. When discussing these low ratings, The Washington Post columnist Lisa de Moraes wrote: "Maybe they should've let a couple of people know they were running it." In 2016, Irvin listed Katie Joplin in his book Forgotten Laughs: An Episode Guide to 150 TV Sitcoms You Probably Never Saw. Overall lea rned The WB canceled Katie Joplin while promoting the sitcom Ladies Man; she said: "I think that's pretty rude. Honey, they didn't even call me to tell me they were canceling it!" According to Overall, The WB decided to cancel the series months before it aired as they did not believe it could attract a young demographic. Rob Owen, while writing for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said Katie Joplin was scheduled for a "short run", and Times Leader's Norma Cavazos described it as a "summer series". de Moraes considered it an example of burning off, a practice in which a television network airs an already-canceled show as filler. Episode