Alphabet puts faith in McGinley for ‘Hope’

Thesp often joins shows mid-run

This article was corrected on July 9, 2003.

It wouldn’t be a TV season without Ted McGinley, who has joined the cast of ABC’s “Hope & Faith.”

McGinley will play Charley, the embattered husband to Faith Ford’s character, Hope. Josh Stamberg, who played Ford’s husband in the pilot, is no longer with the show.

McGinley most recently starred in CBS’ Nathan Lane vehicle “Charlie Lawrence,” which the Eye web is burning off this summer.

Touchstone will reshoot parts of the “Hope & Faith” pilot to incorporate McGinley.

The actor is best known for joining hit shows mid-run, such as “Happy Days,” “The Love Boat,” “Dynasty,” “Married… With Children” and “Sports Night.” He’s even been named “patron saint” of the “Jump the Shark” Web site.

More recently, the actor had a recurring role on “The West Wing” and starred in the TV movies “N.T.S.B.” and “Frozen Impact.”

“Hope & Faith” stars Ford as a stay-at-home mom whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of her sister Faith (Kelly Ripa), a soap opera actress who’s just been fired. Laffer will air Fridays at 9 p.m. this fall.

Keith Addis, Guymon Casady, Michael Edelstein, Emile Levisetti and Rob Hanning exec produce “Hope & Faith,” which comes from Touchstone TV and Industry Entertainment. Series creator Joanna Johnson is executive producer.

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