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Ford to guest on ‘Young Indy’

Paramount and Lucasfilm will seek to pull “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” out of its ratings cliffhanger by trumpeting a special guest for the ABC series’ two-hour return: Harrison Ford, reprising his feature role as the middle-aged version of the title character.

Ford, who starred in the three blockbuster “Raiders of the Lost Ark” movies, will be seen in the March 13 show as a 50-year-old Indiana Jones, snowbound on a quest in Wyoming and reminiscing back to his late teens (played in the series by Sean Patrick Flannery).

The one-time stunt will seek to boost the show before it settles into a 9 p.m. Saturday time period starting March 20 in what’s viewed as a last stand for the drama, which came up empty in its earlier ratings quest airing Mondays at 8 p.m. George Hall will return in future wrap-arounds as the 93-year-old Indy, whose recollections framed all previous episodes.

ABC came into the current season with a total of 25 hours of “Young Indy,” ordering 13 new adventures in addition to those left over from last season. The show has been on hiatus since Oct. 12.

Producer George Lucas has again lined up a number of feature directors and performers for upcoming episodes, with Max Von Sydow to play Sigmund Freud and Mike Newell, Nicolas Roeg, David Hare and Joe Johnston among helmers.

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